Chess has been around for about 14 centuries, and while it’s certainly evolved since its beginnings as ‘chaturaṅga’ in India, we haven’t seen a massive change to the game in about 500 years.
Grandmasters and recreational players alike have constantly been unearthing new combinations, permutations and strategies – but big, fundamental changes to the gameplay haven’t really taken off.
So Aussie chess-lover and entrepreneur, Aimee Simpson has decided to take on the traditionalists and introduce a modern twist on the game – Chessplus.
The big difference with Chessplus is that you can join pieces together to create ‘merged pieces’.
So for example, if you merge a bishop and a pawn – this new piece can either move incrementally forward like a pawn or diagonally like a bishop.
It’s a simple alteration but the result is a rapid, fast-paced game opening up a whole new universe of play options.
“There’s no playbook for Chesspluss, it’s exciting and unexpected. It’s a real leveller of ability, and fun for everyone. The great thing is that you can also use the pieces to play traditional chess,” Christian Simpson, Aimee’s father and co-creator, said.
Not only is it made to shake up traditional chess, the pieces, designed by award-winning industrial designer Adam Laws, are utterly stunning.
“Together the merged pieces look like a complete chess piece, but take them apart and you see the beautiful waveform at the back – almost like a regal gown or robe. It’s both modern and traditional and looks stunning laid out on the board,” Adam says.
Head over to their Kickstarter campaign to find out more.