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Shot Glass Chess Set
Member Name: Burning_Darkness
Shot Glass Chess Set
Date: 20/06/10, updated on 20/06/10 (20 review reads)
Advantages: looks great, cheap, great fun
Disadvantages: pretty discrespectful to the game in question! needs to be played with due care
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.
Summary: great fun, just try not to fall off your chair
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