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I bought Shot Chess mainly thinking it would be a fun way to get drunk and partly to enjoy one of the worlds oldest and most famous games - a bit like when you browse at an old church when your on the way to the pub in Tenerife... And I got half my wish.
The board is as you would expect, and the shot glasses have picture of the piece the represent on them. Unfortunately, this image is printed just once on each glass, meaning either you or your opponent can't see what is what without moving around to board. This is obviously a royal pain. This also means you make mistakes. And lots of them. Every time you do a shot you ability plummets that bit further. You have to decide does the player who just took your piece do the shot, or do you have to do a piece when you take it - we decided on the later using the simplified logic that the person taking the most pieces is the better player and therefore should have to get drunker to level it out.
We found that due to the high level of mistakes and drunkenness a game that would normally take around 30-60 minutes, took around 15 minutes. Then you have all the remaining shots to polish off. The result was that I got very very drunk, very very quickly, and as a result just felt quite sick for the next couple of hours. This was probably our fault for using straight whiskey, but we considered that if we used beer it would be less than a pint and it would take forever to drink and go flat. We should have gone for a spirit and mixer combo.
I have only ever played it once due to this experience.
I would only recommend this to keen chess players who are more restrained with alcohol than I.
Shot Glass Chess- now THERE'S an idea!
Chess is a beautifully sophisticated yet accessable game that can be played on many different levels, by anyone from schoolkids to professors, and with near inexaustable scope for tactics on account on the numerous combinations of moves made possible by the different pieces. Each of the two players sits behind two rows of units, facing eachother across a white and black chequered 'battlefield': the front row is given over to pawns, who can move but one square forward and take other pieces diagonally, whilst behind them sit Bishops, who can move the whole breadth of the board but only diagonally, Rooks, who can mvoe the whole breadth of the board but only vertically and horizontally, Knights, who move in 'L' shapes but can leap over other pieces, and lastly there are the King and Queen. The Queen can move in all directions and any distance, and is a pivotal piece in many games, whilst the king is near useless and acts as the target for which each player must capture, by initiating a checkmate in which any move of the King results in the piece been taken. It's a highbrow, elegant and wonderfully gratifying and engaging game, and an absolute joy to play and to develop one's skills at.
So what better way to improve it, then, but by introducing mind-mangling quantities of alcohol into the equation??
The 16 pieces are replaced by 16 appropriately modelled shot glasses, and the game played out as usual, but of course with the difference that a shot must be downed whenever a piece is taken. Its an incredibly daft, potentially dangerous yet thoroughly entartaining concept, perhaps precisely because it fundamentally goes against the forward-thinking reasoning and tactic-formation that the game requires, instead devolving it into a car-crash of a game whereby players will be left struggling to se the board let alone the pieces by the time the endgame finally comes around. I can see why this might offend lovers of chess but i think this would be to rather miss the point. It's a hugely entertaiing experience as each player tries to hold it together, leading to general hilarity all round, and is very cheap with prices for a good set ranging from £6-£15 plus postage, and the board and glasses look really rather nice , with their combination of stark black and white geometry and transparent/opaque glasses, with sides being differentiated by either the colouring of the glass/plastic or the colour of the shots employed by each player depending on which set you opt for.
A wonderfully silly but very successful concept and a great way to ruin one of the best games ever concieved in style.
Chess, the most powerful game I think there is, I say this because it's a strategy game where if you look at it closely its like two kingdoms going to war and its survival of the strongest, the most intellect and most strategic.
I have read so many books whether it be fiction or non fiction, that some of these leaders all play chess, something about focusing the mind and thinking of ways to defend against and defeat an enemy and applying it on the field. If you ask me I think some people take this game way too seriously.
If you have never played chess then here is a little run down.
Chess is played by two people. Each player has sixteen pieces he can play with, they are
Two Rooks (or known as Castles)
The player with the white pieces is the one to start the game. A move consists of moving one of the pieces on the board to another square depending on what you want to do, depending which piece you move, as the different pieces have different movement.
King- The king moves one square in any direction, horizontally, vertically, or diagonally
Queen- the queen may move in any straight line, horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.
Rooks (or the Castles)-Moves in a straight line, horizontally or vertically
Bishops- The bishop moves in a straight diagonal line.
Knights- The knight makes a move that consists of first one step in a horizontal or vertical direction, and then one step diagonally in an outward direction.
Pawns- The pawn moves differently, when a pawn does not take its opponent, it moves one square straight forward. When it's taking an opponent it moves diagonally but only in a forward motion
A player can take a piece of the opponent by moving one of his own pieces to the square that is occupied by one of your opponent's pieces. The opponent's piece then is removed from the board, and out of play for the rest of the game.
When the king can be taken with your opponents next move you are in "check" and have to get your king out of the situation, but when the king can be taken with there next move and you have no where left to go then that is "check Mate" and you lose the game.
So if you know all the above moves here is the "shot glass chess" rules
RULES of Shot Glass Chess
Select your favorite alcoholic drinks and pour it into your opponent's 16 glasses.
The following quantities are our recommendations, discovered after extensive research and development:
Pawn: 0.5 parts
Bishop: 1 part
Knight: 1 part
Rook: 2 parts
Queen: 3 parts
King: 2 parts
2. Begin the game of chess as normal. Whenever a player makes a capture he must drink the contents of that piece.
3. Illegal moves are permissible as long as neither player notices.
4. The losing player must drink his own king as the final ignominy of defeat.
Tip: try to use two different colour drinks because along the game you may
forget which piece is yours (even though the pictures on the glasses are in black or white it can get frustrating when you start moving the wrong pieces)
Whoever came up with this little add-on is a genius because I love it.
Using real shot glasses with different shapes and sizes representing which chess piece they are and also a little picture on the shot glass of the chess piece it is (it helps when your drunk, trust me). Board measures 52cm x 52cm, and is 6mm thick all glass chessboard.
I like a good game of chess but I wouldn't spend a lot of money to buy myself a chess set. When I got this shot glass version I just put it out on display as more of a you-can-look-but-not-touch- kind of thing, but then one (drunken) night I decided to play chess and lets just say it was the best chess I have played. It's a gimmick chess set that is one of those kinds of limited editions.
You can get your self one from Amazon for £14.99
Now that's not bad because you get 2-in-1, you get a chess set and extra shot glasses for those over crowded parties.
Just remember as soon as you set up an evening of Shot glass chess, let me know and I'll drink you under your king.
We bought our shot glass chess set from the Gadget Shop, it was reduced, can’t resist a bargain. We thought it may be good to play over xmas. The game is played as you would a normal game of chess but you fill your shot glasses with drink, then when one of your pieces is taken you have to drink what is in the glass. The outcome is you get drunker as the game goes on. The first two testers of the game (nominated guinea pigs) decided that they should have a practice run and instead of filling the glasses with sprits they would use something a bit weaker to start with. Luckily we had two different flavours of Bacardi Breezer so they could have a different colour each. The game started off quite calm, nobody had pieces taken. As soon as you start on the drink your concentration starts going. You just move pieces for the sake of it and when you get to half way and your vision starts going it’s even more difficult. By the end of the game you should be that drunk that you don’t care who wins. You need to make sure that you get two people playing with the same alcohol tolerance (unless you want a laugh). You don’t want one person still sitting up straight and sober while the other one is having trouble staying on the chair. You could always put stronger drink in one side than the other! We had great fun playing this game, even for the people watching it’s great entertainment, especially once the players start getting a bit wobbly! It’s a good game for parties and quite a sociable game even though it’s only for two people. Tips for playing shot glass chess: It’s a good idea to choose two different colours of drinks because it’s quite difficult to tell which pieces are which. A picture of the piece (queen/rook/pawn etc.) is printed on the front of the shot glass either in black or white. If the picture isn’t facing you, you won’t b
e able to see what it is. This makes that game last longer because you have to check every piece carefully before you move. Wash the shot glasses afterwards or they will be sticky next time you use them or if you don’t play for a while, they might turn green and grow five foot high. If you are really drunk, wash the glasses the next morning. Keep a cloth handy because typically someone will knock over a glass. Make sure you have got enough drink to fill the shot glasses before you start – you don’t want to play with half of your pieces empty. For an interesting variation, play with chilli sauce. Has interesting results.
I went to a house party over Christmas and played this game, and got well and truely trollied (no suprises there then). It took me a few weeks to find somewhere to buy my own, and now me and my mates play it every weekend before we go out. We play it just like drafts, the shot you jump over, your opponent has to down. To give the game an added twist, we fill the glasses up with various different drinks which are clear in colour, so you never know what you're gonna have to down. Sometimes it could just be water (lucky for some), sometimes vodka, or even poteen (oh dear or dear!). It has become pretty notorious in my town and now loads of people end up round mine on a Friday night armed with their mystery alcohol! We've also found it saves us a lot of money coz more frequently than not, we end up staying in playing the game til the early hours and never actually getting to the club!
Anyone that has ever dabbled in the noble art of chess doesn't really need me to describe the pleasures of the great game. As for anyone that has never experienced the wonders of chess - then you truly do not know what you have been missing. I took up chess as a youngster - I must have been about seven or eight at the time. I played in school championships, local inter-school competitions, jamborees, and also represented my county at a junior level. Since then I have always had a chess board in the house, and although I don't play very often these days, it is still something I enjoy immensely whenever I have the opportunity to pit my wits against a worthy opponent. Anyway, after that brief history of my involvement with the game, on with the review in hand... [Please Note: Although this product has been placed in the 'Electronics' section, it is made solely from glass and has no electronic parts.] I purchased this particular item as a 30th birthday present for a friend on behalf of a group of us who had clubbed together to stump up the asking price. Although the £100 price tag appears to be quite high, this chess set really is really quite good value. To start with, as well as the stylish glass board, thirty-two chess pieces that double as drinking glasses are also included. In fact, the biggest expense of this chess set is not the initial outlay to buy it, but refilling the shot glasses for each game. Apparently the set is inspired by a film called 'Our Man In Havana' that was made in the 1960s. I have never seen this film, and so I am unable to vouch for the authenticity of this set compared to the one that was used in the film. However, playing this game for real with alcoholic spirits in each glass is an unforgettable experience, although it is true to say that my memory is still a little hazy from the time that I played! I was given the privilege of 'christening' the set along with t
he eager recipient of the present, and I duly went on to win the inaugural game. Quite how I managed this in such an inebriated state is highly questionable, but I can assure all readers that underhand tactics were not required. However, in order to keep a clear head, it may be worth trying to water down whatever you pour into your opponent's pieces! Basically, the game is played like a normal game of chess. However, as all the pieces are shot glasses, so you should fill them with a suitable spirit (we used Southern Comfort.) The clever part is that the game comes with its own in-built handicapping system, as whenever you take an opponent's piece you must drink the contents. This is fine at first, but as the game goes on it becomes more and more difficult to keep your concentration as the liquor eats away at your grey matter. The additional rules (to 'standard' chess rules) are as follows: • Choose your favourite tipple and pour it into your opponent's 16 glasses. • Begin the game of chess as normal. • Whenever you capture an opponent's piece you must drink the contents. • Illegal moves are allowed as long as neither player notices. • Finally, the losing player must drink the contents of own king once the game is over. I'm sure you'll agree that even if you don't particularly like chess, or have never tried it, this version of the game does sound intriguing - and playing it for real is ten times better! If you're stuggling to buy a present for someone that has everything, then you could do a lot worse than [This set is available from firebox.com (which is where I bought it) although I have also seen it for sale from a couple of other retailers and web sites.] (Another original Dooyoo opinion © Blackjane 2001}
Ahh, chess. An entertaining game to play, if not to watch, relying on skill, intellect and strategy. Until of course, some enterprising soul decided it would make a good drinking game. Now, if you don't know how to play chess, you can stick to 'I never' or something like that. It requires less outlay, as well. However, if you enjoy both playing chess and getting drunk, then this is the game for you. Simply put, rather than having normal chess pieces, you have shot glasses, which you can fill with the liquor of your choice. So rather than white vs black, you can have watermelon barcardi vs orange barcardi, white russian vs black russian, or Jack Daniels vs Smirnoff Vodka, depending on the level you wish to play at. This is probably one of the only games in which a good strategy would be to let your opponent capture several of your pieces right from the start, until they are far too sloshed to notice that you're about to capture their queen. At which point, of course, you start to notice the effect and the atmosphere becomes rather silly. A good way to play is to have several games in sucession, with the winner having to down all remaining liqour in between each session - do this with alcopops or beer, or you won't get past two or so. You can also handicap one player by filling one set of glasses, with say, Hooch, and the other with Absinthe, although slightly less drastic levels of handicapping are, obviously, available. And if you don't feel like getting drunk, you can play it with iced tea. Or snapple. Wuss. (Although insanely strong expresso can be fun and still leaves you legal to drive <G>) The one problem with this item, is that it is quite expensive. Prices vary, (this was a gift to me), and online merchants go from £100 (www.firebox.com) and up really. I have seen these for £150 but you could also make up your own set. You will
need: One chess board - cardboard will get soggy, a wooden one would be good but can get stained, a plastic one would be perfect. Alternatively, get a plastic tablecloth with a fairly large black and white checker pattern. Mark off a random 8x8 area of this with red magic marker or similar. Shot glasses: 16 small round shot glasses (pawns) 4 short square shot glasses (rooks) 4 medium round shot glasses (knights) 4 medium square shot glasses (bishops) 2 tall round shot glasses (kings) 2 tall flared round shot glasses (queens) Check out http://www.drinkstuff.com/Shot-Glass-Chess-Set.htm for a good look at the shapes of the different pieces. Not sure how much all that would cost: 32 shot glasses, plus a board. If you already have an extensive shot glass collection, you might be able to pull this off rather cheaply. Alternatively, you could just buy the thing and not act like such a student (does it show?) Lots of fun, anyway. Alternatively, for the non-intellectual, buy a bunch of similar shot glasses and play 'shot glass checkers' instead. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to stock up on whisky for this weekends 'grandmaster' competition.