The Smallest Game of Chess Takes Up Just 487 Bytes

In this age of digital bloat, you might be surprised to hear that making a game as small as possible is an attractive challenge. But this tiny implementation of chess is just that—and takes up just 487 bytes on your hard drive. » 1/28/15 6:00am 1/28/15 6:00am

This Six Minute Satellite Studies Star Nurseries

Not every scientific exploration of the cosmos requires a multi-year, multi-billion dollar effort a la the Hubble Space Telescope Program. In fact, sometimes all it requires is a reusable sounding rocket, an ultraviolet camera, and six minutes in space. » 6/02/14 12:20pm 6/02/14 12:20pm

A Wall-Mounted Computer Chess Game Is Playable Art

Staring at the Mona Lisa provides a few minutes of enjoyment and contemplation, but were the famous portrait on the wall of your living room, you'd soon find yourself wishing she did more than just sit there and smirk. Maybe that's what inspired the Artful Dodger to build this portrait chess set that lets you play… » 5/14/14 10:27am 5/14/14 10:27am

Toolbox Chess Sets Make You the Bobby Fisher of Shop Class

Grabbing your toolbox and tackling a few repairs around the house can certainly teach you some new and useful skills. But if you really want to better yourself, and increase your brain power, you'll reach for these lovely toolbox chess sets instead. » 2/12/14 2:45pm 2/12/14 2:45pm

You Can 3D Print This Magnificently Medieval Chess Set at Home

Everybody needs a chess set. And if you're going to have a chess set, it might as well be a fun chess set, like MakerBot's Dragons of Glastonbury chess set. That way, if you get bored playing chess, you can always just stage a huge medieval battle in your living room. » 2/06/14 5:00pm 2/06/14 5:00pm

Play Chess And Plant Herbs on This Bauhaus-Inspired Game Board

In the ultimate power ranking of common domestic herbs and succulents, which would you say reigns supreme? It's an important question that deserves serious consideration before playing the green-themed Micro-Planter Chess Set, which ingeniously doubles as a mini indoor-outdoor checkerboard garden. » 12/04/13 10:00am 12/04/13 10:00am

This Negative Space Chess Set Is Beautifully Simplistic

Chess sets can often be overly fussy, with intricate or unusual pieces distracting from the game at hand. Not so this gorgeous negative space chess set, though, with each piece represented by the void drilled into a transparent acrylic block. » 11/01/13 8:05am 11/01/13 8:05am

Typographical Chess Lets Novices Easily Recognize Each Piece

If you grew up playing checkers, transitioning to chess and keeping track of which piece is which and what moves where can be tricky. So to smooth out the learning curve, OneSavesSolutions created this 3D printed Typographical Chess Set with the name of each piece integrated into its design. » 5/07/13 1:00pm 5/07/13 1:00pm

How Chess Got Its Timeless Style

You know a chess piece when you see one. They might be the most recognizable objects in gaming. But they didn't always look that way. In fact, for the longest time they didn't even look a way. The Smithsonian Magazine dug into the roots of that iconic design and it's not as old as you might think. » 4/03/13 3:40pm 4/03/13 3:40pm

These Slick Stackable Chess Pieces Track Your Calculated Carnage

It can be easy to forget, but a chess game is a battle. And while you're sitting there, scratching your chin and trying to feel smart, soldiers are dying at your command. This clever chess set designed by Orr Kislev helps you keep that in mind by leaving all the corpses on the board. » 2/07/13 1:20pm 2/07/13 1:20pm

You'll Always Have Room in Your Bag for This Laser Cut Chess Set

Yes, there are literally thousands of chess games available for mobile devices. But there's still something utterly satisfying about moving physical pieces around an actual board, and facing your opponent. So skip the Chess With Friends and go with Jonas Lang's beautiful laser-cut chess set that's as easy to carry as… » 1/14/13 10:14am 1/14/13 10:14am

Wobbling Chess Set Makes It Impossible To Concede

It's mostly a symbolic gesture, but you can forget about dodging an embarrassing checkmate by toppling your king with this Wobble Chess Set. Like Hasbro's Weeble toys, all the pieces in this set have weighted rounded bottoms so they'll wobble back and forth, but never fall over. » 1/04/13 1:40pm 1/04/13 1:40pm

This Typographic Chess Set Is Too Pretty to Play

This gorgeous typographic chess set, based around the Champion font by Hoefler Frere Jones, brings elegant simplicity to the game with each piece assuming the form of its initial. It's almost too pretty to play. » 10/05/12 5:57am 10/05/12 5:57am

What Is The Nerdiest Game Ever?

How do you make an already-geeky game even geekier? By making it out of electronic components, of course. MAKE magazine is showing off this super-nerdy game of chess, where resistors become pawns, LEDs stand in as bishops and the king and queen are represented by electrolytic capacitors. » 9/03/12 9:00pm 9/03/12 9:00pm

Nixie Tube Chess Set Is as Tough to Read as Kasparov

If you fancy yourself skilled at the art of hacking—and have an appreciation for retro technology—the creator of this impressive Nixie Tube chess set soon plans to sell a DIY kit that's apparently not for the faint of heart. » 6/28/12 11:00am 6/28/12 11:00am

Watch Garry Kasparov and Alan Turing Play Chess

Sixty years ago, Alan Turing sat down to write a computer algorithm which could play a human at chess. Sadly, he never got to see it running on a computer, but now it's been coded up and who better to pit it against than... Garry Kasparov? Gulp. » 6/26/12 1:00pm 6/26/12 1:00pm

Fifteen Years Ago Today, a Computer Became the World's Best Chess Player

On this day in 1997, Garry Kasparov sat down to his final day of chess with IBM's Deep Blue. It didn't go well, and eventually the computer won, beating the expert on the final day of a six-game competition. The result changed the way we think about computer intelligence for good. » 5/11/12 8:34am 5/11/12 8:34am

Frank Gehry's Tiffany Chess Set Is a Miniature Architectural Marvel

Architect Frank Gehry is best known for his curvaceous buildings like the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, or the other Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. But he was also recently commissioned by Tiffany & Co. to create this funky chess set which looks like a tiny Gehry-inspired cityscape. » 4/28/12 10:00am 4/28/12 10:00am

Robot Chess Boards Let You Physically Checkmate an Online Opponent

Mobile apps let you play chess with someone anywhere on Earth, but these robot chess boards remotely connect two players over the internet. So while you still can't stare down your opponent, you still have the pleasure of physically moving your pieces. » 4/04/12 5:20pm 4/04/12 5:20pm

Snap-Together Voltron Chess Set Is a Checkmate Of Awesome

The game of chess has long been viewed as a pursuit for nerds. But that's totally going to change with Joseph Larson's Thingiverse creation—a custom chess set where all the pieces come together to form a super robot ala Voltron. » 4/02/12 11:00am 4/02/12 11:00am