Preset Chess: The chess set reinvented
Preset Chess: The chess set reinvented
Unique design stores the chess pieces in their starting positions for immediate play. Travel size. Premium quality.
Unique design stores the chess pieces in their starting positions for immediate play. Travel size. Premium quality. Read more
About this project
We love the classic game of chess! But fumbling to set up chess pieces, not so much. This inspired us to come up with Preset Chess, a premium quality chess set with the unique feature of instantly setting its pieces as soon as the board is released. Think how bowling pins are set. With Preset Chess, you just turn the holder upside down, press out the board, and voilà, your chessboard is served. Who says a chess set can’t be a fun conversation piece!
Just turn the holder upside down, and press to release the magnetically-locked chessboard. The 32 chess piece compartments line up with the playing positions to instantly set the board.
Then you can play with the chessboard on top of the holder as a platform.
Or alternately, you can play with the chessboard beside the holder to put away captured pieces as you play. This is killing two birds with one stone since the act of storing captured pieces progressively sets up the board for your next game without extra work.
When your game is over, just return any remaining pieces upside-down into their labeled compartments, and place the chessboard back on the holder. You’re all set for your next game!
- Pieces are organized and stored in their starting positions.
- Start a chess game immediately. Increases motivation to play.
- Ensures correct playing positions of chess pieces since the compartments are labeled, which is great for beginners and kids.
- Prevents loss of pieces since with one glance, you can see if all compartments are filled.
- The act of storing a captured piece progressively sets the board for the next game.
- Versatile size: perfect for travel or play at home.
- Luxurious feel: crafted from high quality materials.
- Chess pieces have magnets in their bases to enhance stability on the chessboard.
- Unique double-sided chessboard has scratch resistant surfaces and a sandwiched steel magnetic layer.
- Fun ice breaker
All the components of our set have been carefully selected from high quality materials, and combined with precision wood craftsmanship to deliver a premium grade chess set in this new "Preset" design. The unique holder base is carved from 100% Maple hardwood using a computerized CNC router for excellent detail and quality. You won’t find any veneer, plastic, or cheap particle board here!
We sand and hand stain each holder to create an exquisite finish befitting any classic library.
Our chess pieces are hand detailed from beautifully accented rosewood, in a Staunton design, with magnetic felt-padded bases for a luxurious feel.
Our patented holder offers many unique features.
There are no hinges, buttons, or latches of any kind. The chessboard is held and locked magnetically to the holder base. Just press your thumbs through the angled thumb holes to release the board and instantly start playing. Our double-sided chessboard features Lexan surfaces, a highly scratch resistant material, durable to last a lifetime without blemishes.
Risks and challenges
We are beyond the prototype stage and have built actual production units of Preset Chess as shown throughout this campaign page to lower risk. This has allowed us to go through and refine every step of the production process, including CNC machining, chess piece and board construction, and sanding and staining the holders, to ensure everything runs smooth and that we deliver a premium quality wood product. One potential challenge for any wood product could result from a delay of production materials. In order to limit this risk, we have sourced all the hardwood materials and components, verified their availability, and are ready to scale our production process with your backing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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