Making It Harder: A Spherical Globe Chess Game

May 8, 2017


This is the wooden globe chessboard (technically a chessphere) built by product design student Ben Meyers. It uses magnets underneath each square to keep the pieces attached. The spherical shape looks like it would add a significant amount of difficulty to the game, making it much harder to envision exactly where all the game pieces are at one time. Personally, I think chess is already hard enough without trying to play on a globe, but that's just me and I'm not much of a strategist. Plus I'm way more of a lover than a fighter. I tried playing Risk once and spent the majority of the game petitioning for a peace treaty, which my opponent refused so I nuked the entire planet (read: flipped the board and called my mom to come pick me up from the sleepover early).

Keep going for a video demonstration.

Thanks to Superhappy, who must be living the dream. I count every day I don't cry for longer than an hour a success.

  • Leo Borgelin

    Can someone please start selling this chessboard. I want to buy it. I was about to post this on Verge, but I have to wait a day for the sign up process to finish. That's weird.

  • Jenness

    So long as I can continue saying "OMG behind you!" and then moving my pieces so you are in check by the time you turn around, I love it. I know, I'm such a stickler for the super duper regulation Grand Master rules.

  • TheQiwiMan

    That's only ever worked on me TWICE!

    ... okay, per game..

  • Jenness

    Then we need to play because lately I only get to play kids and they are all wise beyond their years and don't fall for it.

  • TheQiwiMan
  • Jenness

    Fiiine, but I'm not sure why you keep insisting but here you go

  • TheQiwiMan
  • Jenness

    haha Derelicte'!

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