The Story of Chessplus

During a game of Chess with her dad the young Aimee (aged 8) did something not so legal. With a cheeky smile Aimee moved her rook onto the square of a pawn. Her dad looked on puzzled and made a traditional Chess move. With her next move Aimee took both the rook and the pawn to the far side of the board and proudly announced "I get a queen, I'm going to beat you!". Her dad laughed, then he reflected on her actions and Chessplus was born.

Aimee had unlocked the inner potential of Chess, the ability to combine pieces and utilize the powers of both pieces. In Aimee's move, the use of the rook to carry the pawn to the far side of the board to promote to a queen.

Today

Players use traditional Chess moves to combine pieces of the same color.
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Combine a rook and a bishop and the new piece moves just like a queen. Instead of a pawn crawling across the board, combine it with a rook, then take it straight to the other side for a promotion.  Each set has 3 extra queens included so players can promote Pawns multiple times to build there forces.
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Kids love the queen and knight combination. It's super strong for hunting down your opponents king.
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But watch out, if your ‘combined’ piece is taken you lose both pieces! More risk and more reward.
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And Yes combined pieces can split back into their original pieces.
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Chessplus is a fast paced game, easy to learn, with all new moves and strategies, full of surprises and fun for anyone who knows the basics of Chess.
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Winner of the Australian Good Design Trophy, 2018.

 

  "The kids played with their dad for 9 hours straight working out new strategies. Thank you so much." - Linda

The Design

Designed by Adam Laws, Nielsen Design, Sydney, Australia

The pieces are modern objects of design, a perfect marriage of form and function.  They combine with ease and support the free flowing character of the game.  Elegant and sophisticated from every angle the pieces convey a modernity with a true Scandinavian feel. Their curves create a softness and desire to be both appreciated and experienced.
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To compliment the pieces Nielsen Design created a unique and stylish Wrap Around Playing Board, including a laser etched acrylic box for proper storage of the pieces.  These items perfectly compliment the pieces and create a totally stylish gift or personal game set.

To Play

Pieces combine as they traditionally move. A 'Combined' piece can move as either piece. ‘Combined’ pieces can split into their original pieces. If taken or promoted the ‘Combined’ piece leaves the board. That’s pretty much it!
And yes … it can be played as a traditional chess set. That's 2 games in 1.

 

The Team

Christian

Christian brought Chessplus to life. Having played Chess all his life he never thought it could be improved, until. He studied Science and Fine Arts. He finds peace and revives himself through yoga, loves surfing and playing Chessplus. He has a great eye for potential and loves design. Initiating the Chessplus game is his way of sharing some fun with the world and playing Chessplus with random and amazing people, all the time being challenged.

Teresa

Teresa is the backbone of Chessplus - making sure every item that leaves the door is properly cared for and accounted for. With an eye for design and promotion she loves customers, playing Chessplus with kids and has the patience of Yoda. Finishing her legal studies she is a leopard masquerading as a pussycat.
 

Aimee

Aimee is the creative genius behind Chessplus - always looking from a different angle and applying logical thinking. Seriously good at drawing and fashion design she works full-time designing funky clothes, plays Chessplus with her boyfriend, wants to be a stand up comic and ride a motorcycle. If you ask her who's better at Chessplus, her or dad, well what know what happens there :)

  • "It doesn't get better than this!"

    Jury Panel, 2018 - Sydney Opera House.

  • "More Moves. More Fun. People may actually prefer this!"

    The Worlds Oldest Chess Journal reviews Chessplus.