ChessPlus - A great Christmas gift

by Arne Kaehler
12/12/2020 – What is a good gift for a passionate chess player? ChessBase has a huge variety of nice digital presents, which make even more sense in these weird times, no doubt! But there might be something else as an option - something physical. Chessplus has been on the market since a couple of years, but this time it is easier than ever to get a hold of it. | Photos: from Chessplus

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Chessplus - A new way to play chess

Chessplus is a board game that allows you to merge the pieces from traditional chess. Now you can forge superhero chess pieces, like the jumping queen, or a pawn with the power of a rook.

Originally made in Australia, Chessplus is now easily available in Europe because they teamed up with an adventurous family from Denmark. How, and why that happened, we discover in an interview with the inventor Christian, and his side-kick Toby.

We had the chance to talk to Christian, the inventor of Chessplus.

  • 0:30 - Who are you?
  • 4:09 - How did you come up with Chessplus, and what is this game about?
  • 10:20 - How come the game looks so well-designed?
  • 13:10 - What does GM Max Illingworth have to do with the game?
  • 17:20 - Where to buy it?
  • 18:24 - How long will the shipping take?

And how I met his twelve-year-old colleague, Toby.

The Quick Rules:

Apply the rules of Chess, plus these new moves for a faster, more exciting and addictive game:

  1. Combined pieces using traditional moves.
  2. Combined pieces can move as either piece.
  3. Combined pieces can Split.
  4. Combined pieces can Promote.

How It Works:

  • Move a Bishop onto a Pawn, the Combined Bishop/Pawn can move as a Bishop or a Pawn.
  • For a Super Piece combine a Queen and a Knight and move as a Queen or a Knight.
  • Fast Promotions - Move a Combined piece containing a Pawn to the far side and you have an Extra Queen.
  • Watch Out! If your combined piece is taken you lose 2 regular pieces.
  • And Yes! Combined pieces can split at anytime, simply move either piece away individually.

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Arne Kaehler, a creative thinker who is passionate about board games in general was born in Hamburg and learned how to play chess at a very young age. Through teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess content on YouTube, Arne was able to extend this passion onto others and has even made an online chess course for anyone who wants to learn how to play this game. Currently, Arne blogs for the English news page of ChessBase and focuses on creating promotional and entertaining articles.

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