David Pescovitz at 3:48 pm Fri, Sep 12, 2008
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You could make the board in U.S. money for (32x$1)+(32x$2)=$96. The pieces could be made for less than $20 since we have six different coins to work with (1,5,10,25,50,100 cents). In fact, since there are only six different chess pieces, you could go cheap and use only one for each piece, using the heads/tails plan for telling sides apart. That makes the low-end cost of pieces $4.76. Total cost of U.S. chess set: $100.76. More if you want to ‘tower up’ the pieces like the British set.
The pieces are distinguished by the side of the coin which faces upwards.
how do you tell whose rook is whose?
Sm clrs? WTF?
How about the world’s cheapest chess set. Steampunk inspired, found object DIY chess set.
I am going to make a new “Worlds Most Expensive Chess Set” by putting an extra coin on top of the King.
They made Monopoly chess sets with money out of real precious metals about a decade ago that was shown off at FAQ Schwarz.
Gold and silver, etc.
or you could use Zimbabwean bank notes, thus making it world’s cheapest chess set
#2: I’d point out that being able to lay your hands on a few thousand pounds in cash doesn’t exactly make you Croesus, and that he hasn’t actually spent any of that money, but, well…
Besides, maybe you’re right. Maybe the reason that automakers and bankers are going under is that this guy would rather do something with money other than spend it as soon as he gets it.
This Chess set is worth less in Dollars.
Very nice , but one second on google found this set worth Â£5 million.
In a week where the government took over Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac; Lehman, AIG and WaMu are all on the verge of folding; retail sales are down; and two huge automakers have suggested they’re not sure how they’re going to weather the economic downturn, I’m not really that excited reading about somebody who apparently has $4,305.84 in cash laying around to turn into a chess set.
Well then, 5000!, use your scroll bar.
Oh and you may want to read that again “the world’s most expensive chess _____.”
Happens to the best of uss.
God, what a boring set. I’d rather have the mammoth ivory:
But the Queen is on every square! Inconceivable!
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