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Chess, only with drunkeness
Shot Glass Chess Set
Member Name: jrtpixie
Shot Glass Chess Set
Date: 18/10/00, updated on 18/10/00 (365 review reads)
Advantages: Much for fun than regular chess. Great drinking game.
Disadvantages: Quite easy to overdo it. Beware of the phrase 'best out of five'
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.
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.
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.
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