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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Preset Chess

Company: Preset Chess
Available: September 2016
Price: $59.00 USD

Chess enthusiasts looking to break out an ad-hoc game have a potential new option -Preset Chess. The board design is a travel-friendly size of 7.5” x 7.5” and draws design inspiration from mechanical pinsetters used in bowling. Fabricated from 100% Maple hardwood and hand-stained, the board contains individual compartments for each of the 32 pieces, allowing them to be stored upside down.

To start a new game, flipping the holder over releases the magnetically-locked chess board. This action also causes each of the magnetized chess pieces to stick to the board in their proper starting spots and virtually eliminates setup time. When a game is finished, each piece is stored back in its labeled compartment, awaiting the next“flip-and-play”.

Preset Chess is currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter for a discounted price of $59 USD.

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