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The World’s Most Impractical Chess Set Can Fit Inside Your Wallet

If your wallet serves as more of a toolbox than a place to stash a few bucks, alongside a flat-pack knife and credit card-sized multi-tools, you can also slip in this super tiny, 3D-printed chess set. Compared to playing rock-paper-scissors, it’s a far more civilised way to make important decisions. Read More >>

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Board Games Are the Hidden Feature of 280-Character Tweets

Anyone who tells you Twitter is social media’s closest approximation to hell on Earth is utterly, unimpeachably correct. This is, after all, the company that decided to deal with its role in a rising tide of digital fascism by verifying a white supremacist, and doubling the amount of space anyone can use to shout racial epithets at strangers. Read More >>

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Watch New York City Chess Hustlers Get Pwned By Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen

It’s tough to beat the chess hustlers in New York City’s parks—unless you’re the best chess player in the world. Read More >>

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Play Chess Against a Computer and See What it’s Thinking

Few of us are 18-year-old Go world champions, but all of us can play chess against an AI program that visualises what the computer is thinking. Read More >>

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Clever Chess Set Is Already Set Up and Ready to Play When You Open the Box

Mastering the game of chess is infinitely complicated, but getting started just got easier with a chess board that’s perfectly set up and ready to go as soon as you open the box. That’s the genius of Preset Chess. Read More >>

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Beautiful Visualisation Charts History’s Best Chess Players

Since the early 19th century, many chess grandmasters have come and gone, some better than others. This elegant data visualisation by Abacaba shows which players were the very best, and how long they were able to maintain their dominance. Read More >>

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Chess Grandmaster Hid Phone in Toilet to Cheat During Tournament

Grandmaster Gaioz Nigalidze, the national chess champion of Georgia, is facing a mountain of international shame right now, after being caught apparently using a mobile phone hidden in a toilet cubicle to cheat during a tournament. Read More >>

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Chess is Even More Challenging Played on a Tiny Board With all Queens

There's nothing more devastating to your morale than losing your queen while playing a game of chess. She's like Mario after he's found himself one of those invincible stars—except she can still be wiped out by a pawn. But here's an interesting take on the classic game that sees every piece replaced with nothing but queens, and on a smaller board. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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This Six-Minute Satellite Studies Star Nurseries

Not every scientific exploration of the cosmos requires a multi-year, multi-billion dollar effort like the Hubble Space Telescope. In fact, sometimes all it requires is a reusable rocket, an ultraviolet camera, and six minutes in space. Read More >>

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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 against the computer. Read More >>

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“Not Very Bright” Cambridge Students are No Match for Homeless Man’s Chess Game

Homeless man Slide Martins has come up with a clever way of getting around begging laws, offering to play Cambridge locals at chess in return for a donation. Claiming that he wins most of his games, Slide says: "They are not very bright in Cambridge -- they wouldn't have to go to college if they were." [Metro] Read More >>

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Toolbox Chess Sets Make You the Bobby Fischer of the Building Site

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. Read More >>

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This Magnificently Medieval Chess Set Can be 3D Printed 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. Read More >>

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Lodger Alleged to Have Killed Dublin Man in Argument Over Chess Match

An apparent row over a late night chess move between friends is said to have caused Italian visitor Saverio Bellante to completely flip, resulting in the gruesome murder of Dublin man Tom O'Gorman over the weekend. Read More >>