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Game of the Day: The London Skyline, Reimagined as Chess Pieces

Game of the Day: The London Skyline, Reimagined as Chess Pieces
Skyline Chess

Two British designers loved architecture and chess so much that they combined their passions into Skyline Chess, a game set that replaces traditional game pieces with 3D-printed pieces of iconic buildings in London.

The designers chose the chess pieces’ architectural counterparts after evaluating the role of each game piece in a chess match as well as the symbolic value of the physical buildings in London. Here’s what they decided:


Pawn -- “humble terraced house”                                                          Bishop -- The Gherkin


Knight -- The London Eye                                                                      Rook - Big Ben


Queen -- The Shard                                                                                King -- Canary Wharf Tower 

Skyline Chess is currently running a £25,000 Kickstarter campaign to bring the game sets to market and explore more material and city options. The team writes:

We don't want to stop at London.....we have visions of global domination! Why not play your home city against that of your friends or family; London vs. Paris, New York vs. Rome, Dubai vs. Shanghai.”

(h/t Designboom)

All images courtesy of Skyline Chess

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