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Create powerful new 'merged' pieces that move as either piece or split into their original pieces. Beautifully designed, fun and fast.
Create powerful new 'merged' pieces that move as either piece or split into their original pieces. Beautifully designed, fun and fast.
579 backers pledged AU$ 50,653 to help bring this project to life.

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Chessplus was born of an unexpected move by a nine year old playing chess with her dad; ‘I'm going to win,’ she thought, uniting a rook and pawn. Using the combined powers of the two pieces, she quickly promoted her pawn to a queen.

Designed by award-winning industrial designer Adam Laws, the resulting game is unique and beautiful, with pieces seamlessly joining together and separating with ease.

Pieces are available in resin or timber, and boxed sets come with a smartly designed quality wrap around board. 

With amended playing rules, the resulting game is fast, fun, complex and utterly compelling. Welcome to Chessplus.

Introducing the ability to create new 'merged' pieces into the traditional chess game has created a fast, fun and challenging new game.
Introducing the ability to create new 'merged' pieces into the traditional chess game has created a fast, fun and challenging new game.

 

  

 

  

 

The Pouch | Black Velvet with Gold Inlay - The Perfect Gift.
The Pouch | Black Velvet with Gold Inlay - The Perfect Gift.

 

The Boxed Set - With timber or resin pieces comes smartly and conveniently packaged with a quality wrap around board.
The Boxed Set - With timber or resin pieces comes smartly and conveniently packaged with a quality wrap around board.

 

 Set the board up like traditional chess. The goal is to checkmate the opponents king.

The standard rules of chess apply, with the following changes:

  • Any two pieces of the same colour (except the king) can be merged (joined).
  • Merged pieces can move as either of their joined pieces. 
  • Merged pieces can split into their original pieces. 
  • If a merged piece is captured then both pieces are lost. 
  • If a merged piece containing a pawn makes it to the other end of the board, the merged piece is promoted to a queen. 
  • There can be up to three queens of the same colour on the board at any one time. 

Note: The merging or splitting of a piece is considered a move, and pieces must always move according to their abilities.

For the full set of rules, support our campaign. All pledges will be given a link to download them! Thank you!

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Will Chessplus make you happier? Only you can find out.
Will Chessplus make you happier? Only you can find out.

 

The Full Timber Set - Resplendent.
The Full Timber Set - Resplendent.

 

 

 

Elegant and Exciting. Take the plunge.
Elegant and Exciting. Take the plunge.

 

  • It allows you to attack from the very first move.
  • There are more opening moves and more play options. 
  • It will increase your flexibility and classic chess level. 
  • It helps you limber up for classic chess tournaments. 
  • You can play Chessplus while your opponent plays classic chess. 
  • Children really enjoy the speed and flexibility offered by Chessplus. 
  • Surprise your friends, your family and yourself with this dynamic game.
  • It's a chess set.
  • And it's fun :)
What are you waiting for? Join in the fun and support this campaign.
What are you waiting for? Join in the fun and support this campaign.

We all know the traditional game of chess is great for children and adults alike. We believe Chessplus will bring all the same benefits while being faster and more exciting.

 

 

SHIPPING UPDATE - We are offering FREE SHIPPING for orders with any 3 or more sets, and 50% OFF SHIPPING for orders of with any 2 sets. Just increase your pledge by the cost of the additional sets and we'll confirm the details with you before we send them out!

$1 will give you our ongoing thanks and a digital download of the full set of Chessplus rules. 

Alternatively, choose from the beautiful sets below. Buy one for yourself, order for friends and family, or both. We will have them delivered before Christmas.

 

 

 

Order multiple sets by simply increasing your pledge amount for each additional one - Shipping Discounts Apply.

The smart design allows pieces to merge simply and seamlessly, and separate with ease.
The smart design allows pieces to merge simply and seamlessly, and separate with ease.

 

Your support will help us overcome our greatest challenge – to ensure we have a large enough volume of production to meet our quality controls. Achieving this means you’ll receive a product that meets – and hopefully exceeds – your expectations.

We have spent nine years in careful consideration of Chessplus and 18 months ensuring we have a great product. It is ready to go and we are committed to delivering Chessplus games to our supporters within the timeline, so you can start playing this amazing game when you expect to.

 

We are production ready. We have established our manufacturing partners for the timber pieces, the resin pieces, the wrap around board and the packaging. The production samples received have meet and exceeded our expectations, as have the efforts of our manufacturers. Production samples can be seen in the images on this page.

The timber pieces are CNC machined. It is an extremely precise technology, using computers to control the carving. This allows us to create the sophisticated wave form that enables the pieces to join.

To produce large numbers of resin pieces we require tooled moulds to be created. This requires a large portion of our goal funding. The high quality resin pieces are seamless and durable.

The laser etched acrylic boxes look fantastic. They are a secure way to transport and store your Chessplus sets. The wrap around fabric board has magnetic fastening system. You can see it in action in our video above. It really is a success in both functionality and design.

 

  

$150K Supporting The Butterfly Foundation

Chessplus is proud to support The Butterfly Foundation, with 10% of our profits going to charities for eating disorders. 

To acknowledge the Butterfly Foundation, we would also like to add the Foundation's aqua and purple colours as limited edition colour options once we reach $150K. Spread the word!

$250K Going for Gold

Can you imagine metallic black and gold Chessplus pieces? We think these would be absolutely awesome. Reach this stretch goal and the choice is yours.

$500K The First Ever CHESSPLUS TOURNAMENT in 2018

Help us crown the first Chessplus Grandmaster in 2018. It could be you! 

For each additional $500K

We will randomly select one Chessplus supporter to attend the first Chessplus Grandmaster Tournament. How cool is that? Let's do it!

 

 

"Chessplus is more strategically challenging, faster, definitely a lot quicker than classic chess, you really have to focus on your game as the options have increased dramatically."

Zane Allum - High School Student, Australia

"I am originally from Brazil and I started to play chess when I was five years old. My grandmother taught me to play. I never played professionally but I use to play with a group of good players back in Brazil and also online with people around the world.

I was introduced to Chessplus this year and it really re-sparked my love for the board game again. The variety of options the new game opens and the quick and unexpected change of the momentum of the game deftly added a lot to the original chess game.

It is unpredictable and complex and also pushes your brain to analyse a lot more options and possibilities than the original.

I am very please to be invited to test drive the game and I am looking forward to buying it as soon as it launches. And I can't wait to share this amazing news with my friends in Brazil!"

Daniel Dias - Architect, Brazil.

“I want to buy one for my grandpa, so I can play it with him, and he can play it with his other grandchildren. He loves chess and I really think he will enjoy playing Chessplus”

Orion Hughes, High School Student, Australia

"I have played Chessplus and really enjoyed it. For me it is a new, funnier, happier and quicker way of playing chess – I laugh a lot because suddenly my opponent makes a move that I hadn’t seen coming, it surprises me and the game takes a direction I hadn’t expected. It’s sometimes mindboggling what happens."

Gunhild Krogsdam - Architect, Denmark

"The last time I indulged in a game of chess was more than two decades ago. Back then I often played with my father.  What I personally like about Chessplus are new rules which allow you to create an endless variety of options. This opens up the opportunity for new strategies. Towards the end of the second game of Chess Plus I felt like I wanted to start playing chess again after my 20 year break.

I am looking forward to receiving my first set of Chessplus to play with my friends and family."

Yuri Koropotkin  - Engineer, Kazakhstan 

MEDIA:

NBN News, Australia

The Daily Telegraph

Lost at E- Minor

The Weekend Australian

" Chess is hard enough as it is, but a NSW entrepreneur has come up with a way to make it even more challenging. Called Chessplus, the variant concocted by Central Coast based Christian Simpson is like the traditional game except that pieces can merge together and transform. Simpson says he got the idea while playing chess with his daughter Aimee about 10 years ago. “She moved her rook onto the pawn’s square and then she tried to move them together, saying this was a quick way to get a queen and win, as she was over losing!” he explains. “I thought ‘Wow, that’s a great idea’, and we started playing Chessplus with normal chess pieces. I thought ‘This is fun, this is great, why haven’t we done this before?’”. Simpson, aided by designer Adam Laws and technical guru Sarah Crozier, is about to launch Chessplus on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. They have developed an attractive package and plan to target the gift market. Simpson’s out-of-the-box thinking is no surprise, when you see his background. The son of architects, he has degrees in science, fine arts and has worked in a range of fields from banking and insurance to running a yoga centre and owning a restaurant. “This is a really good opportunity for social engagement and both parties being challenged with new play”, Simpson says of his creation. “It is also really good for creating new neural pathways. Children seem to be quite excited and feel more power when they play … they like more queens." Paul Broekhuyse, May, 2017 

Aussie GrandMaster Max Illingworth's Introductions to Chessplus:

Aussie GrandMaster Max Illingworth, 4 Move Checkmate - Chessplus

Aussie GrandMaster Max Illingworth, Fast Promotion - Chessplus

 

 

We are donating 10% of profits from this Chessplus Kickstarter Campaign to charities that work with people experiencing eating disorders.

In Australia, we have chosen to partner with the Butterfly Foundation, a charitable organisation for people with eating disorders. These people do amazing work!  

If you have an organisation you would like us to support in your country, please and let us know. We would love to help.

SHIPPING UPDATE: 11th May, 2017

We are now offering supporters:

50% OFF SHIPPING for ANY  2 SETS, and 
FREE SHIPPING for any 3 or more Sets.

  

 

A Beautiful and Engaging Game for Interesting People
A Beautiful and Engaging Game for Interesting People

 

 

Help spread the word! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

 

 

 

Patent Pending. Registered Design. Registered Trademark. The CHESSPLUS name and logo, the distinctive design of the game board and pieces, the distinctive names of the merged pieces and the rules are trademarks of Chessplus Pty Ltd. © 2016. Chessplus Pty Ltd ACN 614 282 334. All Rights Reserved. ™ and ® denote Australian Trademarks 1801563. 

www.chessplus.com 

 

Risks and challenges

We have samples and prototypes of all products, we're ready to hit 'go' on the production line.

We have established a good relationship with our manufacturer, and have production ready prototypes of all products. We have spent the last 18 months refining the design including ironing out production issues so we are confident that we can get your Chessplus sets as soon as possible!

We believe we've been fairly conservative with the delivery estimates. However there are some unknowns depending on size of orders so we will endeavour to stay on top of any challenges that may arise and keep you up to date.

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    Digital Copy of Chessplus Complete Rules

    Thank you, every bit helps and we will not forget your support.

    We will send a link for you to download a digital copy of the full Chessplus rules.

    We will keep you updated with the progress of Chessplus and invite you to be involved with any community decisions and competitions.

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    Early Bird Quality Resin Pieces w Pouch

    Approx US$22 / €21

    Only 250 available.

    38 Quality Chessplus Resin Playing Pieces with Beautiful Chessplus Carry Pouch.

    Includes:
    - 19 Ivory White and 19 Dark Charcoal quality resin playing pieces
    - A beautiful and convenient Chessplus carry pouch.
    - A link to download a digital copy of the full Chessplus rules.
    - All stretch goals.

    To order multiple sets, add $30 for each extra set (extra shipping charges may apply).

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    Pledge AU$ 35 or more About $26

    Quality Resin Pieces with Carry Pouch

    Approx US$26 / €24

    38 Quality Chessplus Resin Playing Pieces with Beautiful Chessplus Carry Pouch.

    Includes:
    - 19 Ivory White and 19 Dark Charcoal quality resin playing pieces
    - A beautiful and convenient Chessplus carry pouch.
    - A link to download a digital copy of the full Chessplus rules.
    - All stretch goals.

    To order multiple sets, add $35 for each extra set (extra shipping charges may apply).

    We will keep you updated with the progress of Chessplus and invite you to be involved with any community decisions and competitions.

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    Early Bird Premium Boxed Set (Resin)

    Approx US$59 / ‎€54

    Get in quick! Only 100 available.

    One Chessplus Premium Boxed Set with Dark Charcoal and Ivory White Quality Resin Playing Pieces and Wrap Around Board.

    Includes:
    - 19 Ivory White and 19 Dark Charcoal quality resin playing pieces.
    - Chessplus Wrap Around Board
    - Laser etched Chessplus Perspex Protective Case.
    - Printed Chessplus rules.
    - A link to download a digital copy of the full Chessplus rules.
    - All stretch goals.

    To order multiple sets, add $79 for each extra set (extra shipping charges may apply).

    We will keep you updated with the progress of Chessplus and invite you to be involved with any community decisions and competitions.

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    Pledge AU$ 89 or more About $67

    Premium Boxed Set (Resin)

    Approx US$67 / ‎€61

    One Chessplus Premium Boxed Set with Dark Charcoal and Ivory White Resin Playing Pieces and Wrap Around Board.

    Includes:
    - 19 Ivory White and 19 Dark Charcoal resin pieces.
    - Chessplus Wrap Around Board with durable silkscreen finish.
    - Laser etched Chessplus Perspex Protective Case.
    - Printed Chessplus rules.
    - A link to download a digital copy of the full Chessplus rules.
    - All stretch goals.

    To order multiple sets, add $89 for each extra set (extra shipping charges may apply).

    We will keep you updated with the progress of Chessplus and invite you to be involved with any community decisions and competitions.

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    Early Bird/Delivery Walnut and Ash Set

    Approx US$147/ ‎€135

    Only 50 available. This is our first run, so extra special!

    Backers will receive a personalised letter of thanks from the Co-Creators Aimee and Christian Simpson and Designer Adam Laws.

    One Chessplus Premium Boxed Set with Walnut and Ash Hand Finished Timber Playing Pieces and Wrap Around Board.

    Early delivery in August. Start playing before anyone else in the world!

    Only 1 per order.

    Includes:
    - 19 Walnut and 19 Ash timber pieces.
    - Chessplus Wrap Around Board with durable silkscreen finish.
    - Laser etched Chessplus Perspex Protective Case.
    - Printed Chessplus rules.
    - Personalised letter of thanks from Creators and Designer.
    - A link to download a digital copy of the full Chessplus rules.
    - All stretch goals.

    * If more suitable and superior timbers are available they will used instead of the Walnut and Ash timbers.

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    Pledge AU$ 229 or more About $171

    Premium Boxed Set (Walnut and Ash)

    Approx US$169 / ‎€155

    One Chessplus Premium Boxed Set with Walnut and Ash Hand Finished Timber Playing Pieces and Wrap Around Board.

    Includes:
    - 19 Walnut and 19 Ash timber pieces.
    - Chessplus Wrap Around Board with durable silkscreen finish.
    - Laser etched Chessplus Perspex Protective Case.
    - Printed Chessplus rules.
    - A link to download a digital copy of the full Chessplus rules.
    - All stretch goals.

    To order multiple sets, add $229 for each extra set (extra shipping charges may apply).

    * If more suitable and superior timbers are available they will used instead of the Walnut and Ash timbers.

    We will keep you updated with the progress of Chessplus and invite you to be involved with any community decisions and competitions.

    Thank you!

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    Premium Boxed Set (Walnut and Ash)

    Approx US$195 / ‎€174

    One Chessplus Premium Boxed Set with Walnut and Ash Hand Finished Timber Playing Pieces and Wrap Around Board.

    Includes:
    - 19 Walnut and 19 Ash timber pieces.
    - Chessplus Wrap Around Board with durable silkscreen finish.
    - Laser etched Chessplus Perspex Protective Case.
    - Printed Chessplus rules.
    - A link to download a digital copy of the full Chessplus rules.
    - All stretch goals.

    To order multiple sets, add $259 for each extra set.

    * If more suitable and superior timbers are available they will used instead of the Walnut and Ash timbers.

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    Pledge AU$ 279 or more About $209

    Premium Boxed Set (Walnut and Ash)

    Approx US$205 / ‎€190

    One Chessplus Premium Boxed Set with Walnut and Ash Hand Finished Timber Playing Pieces and Wrap Around Board.

    Includes:
    - 19 Walnut and 19 Ash timber pieces.
    - Chessplus Wrap Around Board with durable silkscreen finish.
    - Laser etched Chessplus Perspex Protective Case.
    - Printed Chessplus rules.
    - A link to download a digital copy of the full Chessplus rules.
    - All stretch goals.

    To order multiple sets, add $279 for each extra set.

    * If more suitable and superior timbers are available they will used instead of the Walnut and Ash timbers.

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