About this project
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.
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!
- 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 :)
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.
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."
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:
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.
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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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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