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A chess set for the MocAthalon "Bored Game" category. Hey, who said us judges couldn't build? :)
About this creation
Built for the MocAthalon (which I also happen to be judging). Go check out the action and all the fantastic builds!

Hello everyone,

Several years back, when I first got into chess, I build a rough board by placing white and black bricks on a baseplate and threw together some chessmen.

That one has long since been demolished, so I figured it was time for a new (and much improved) version.













I should point out that the actual checkerboard is SNOTed, not tiled. I built a ton of 4x3 squares and connected them from underneath with bricks. I tried pins, but it was too fragile.



The drawer works and is quite sturdy. It also holds all the chessmen which makes storage and transportation very easy.





The chessmen, from left to right: rook, knight, queen, king, and bishop. Yes, I know ... three different backgrounds. Believe me, it's hard to photograph white and black.

Criticism is always appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

~Mark



Comments

 I like it 
  May 27, 2017
Wow, really great work!
 I like it 
  December 4, 2016
Did you ever consider sending this idea to LEGO to build it into an original set? I know that LEGO has made chess sets before, but I think that this idea would be a surprise best seller for LEGO, just like the other ones that it made.
 I like it 
  May 30, 2015
wow this is gorgeous, it is hard to tell that it is actually LEGO. well done mark!
 I like it 
  May 8, 2015
dis is AMAZING! you did a Amazing job! (:
 I like it 
  May 7, 2015
That's a beautiful set!
 I like it 
  April 7, 2015
Fantastic job, Mark! I really like how the drawer is functional.
 I made it 
  March 26, 2015
Thank you very much, guys!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2015
Mark, Outstanding. I was thinking I'd try a chess board next. Though now that I've seen yours, there really is nothing else to add. Beautiful.
 I like it 
  March 20, 2015
Woah! That is just pristine awesomeness! Stellar work.
 I like it 
  March 19, 2015
WOW - that's perfect. I like the drawer and the SNOTed surface. Great MOC!
 I like it 
  March 17, 2015
Great work! 5/5 because of creativity, simple yet detailed building style, and it's based of a VERY classic game!
 I made it 
  March 16, 2015
Thanks for the comments, guys!
 I made it 
  March 16, 2015
Quoting Ian Spacek That'd get a high 4 from me! ;)
Awe, that's so nice of you; thanks! ;)
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
That's Awesome! It looks just like the game! I love the little pieces!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Great chess board and pieces! Very cool how you made it SNOTed instead of tiled!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
A supremely elegant piece, it would grace any drawing room.
 I like it 
  March 15, 2015
That'd get a high 4 from me! ;)
 I made it 
  March 15, 2015
Quoting The Dunedain98 Nicely done! Great clean design and I like the different chess pieces! I wonder what you would judge this if you encountered it in a contest ;) Again, great work!
Haha, thanks! Honestly, I'd give it a four. Not five quality, but I think it's worthy of fours. ;)
 I made it 
  March 15, 2015
Quoting Ian Spacek That'd get a high 4 from me! ;)
Great, thank you! :)
 I made it 
  March 15, 2015
Thanks everyone!
 I like it 
  March 14, 2015
Gorgeous build -- especially the board and cabinet.
 I like it 
  March 14, 2015
Looks like a lot of fun to play with!
 I like it 
  March 14, 2015
Just because you're a judge. Score = 3.
 I like it 
  March 14, 2015
Awesome, really like the use of dish.
 I like it 
  March 14, 2015
Wow, this is really nice my friend. Would be much fun playing with it :)
  March 14, 2015
Glad to make your day. Now, if only you would make mine...
 I like it 
  March 14, 2015
Amazing build! Masterfully done!
 I like it 
  March 14, 2015
amazing!:D
 I like it 
  March 14, 2015
Awesome! Love the chessmen. I now have a strong desire to play a game with someone.
 I like it 
  March 14, 2015
Pretty slick, Dude!
 I like it 
  March 14, 2015
Beautiful chess set mark - simple yet elegant and that's what counts :)
Mark McPeek
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Matt Bace
  March 13, 2015
Very nicely done! The drawer is a huge win.
Mark McPeek
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Black Smith
  March 13, 2015
Beautifully made, well done !
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Very impressed. As a life long chess fan I wish you the best of luck in the competition. Looks fantastic!
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Great work of Lego "Chess" creationism!
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Simple idea, but well executed. I like the drawer. -Nathanael
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Nicely done! Great clean design and I like the different chess pieces! I wonder what you would judge this if you encountered it in a contest ;) Again, great work!
 I made it 
  March 13, 2015
Thank you, guys! :)
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Now, if I was a judge, this would be a 5! :) Nice work!
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
So cool!
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
That drawer knob tho. Very pretty and smooth.
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Magnificent workmanship Mark! you did a beautiful job on the Board/storage box. I love the drawer, especially the gold knob. I also love the traditional looking pieces. Each are easily identifiable. Outstanding!
 I made it 
  March 13, 2015
Thank you very much, everyone!
 I made it 
  March 13, 2015
Quoting Kermunklin the Giant Evil House Head The chess board and the drawer are great. The pieces are a little bland, but chess is certainly not about what the pieces look like. My only real concern, and I couldn't be sure w/o seeing it in person, is that it looks like it may be easy to accidentally knock pieces over when making a move. If this is the case, a 2x2 jumper plate in the middle of each square would fix that, although it could add problems of its own...
Yeah, I could have made the board more intricate. It's a bit simple, but sometimes there is beauty in that, too. The 2x2 is a great idea, but it doesn't work with this board because it's SNOTed, not tiled. Thanks for all the feedback!
Quoting Alex Grabowski Hay look. It's S.N.O.T (Studs not on top).
Yup, it is. :)
 I made it 
  March 13, 2015
Quoting Grant Davis Note to self: Mark likes chess, build chess set for boardgame category for 5's.
Note to self: Check Grant's chess set for plagiarism. ;) Just kidding, thanks!
 I made it 
  March 13, 2015
Quoting Mate Paton Beautifully executed, score = 5
Quoting Thomas . Mark Kelso better watch out because you have arrived! 5 points! :P
OH MY GOODNESS, THANK YOU!!!! XD
 I made it 
  March 13, 2015
Quoting Soccer Socks HMMM sort of boring, maybe add some more intricate detail here. I'd say a high 3. Sorry, just some cliché MOCathalon judging criteria. Great job, glad to see a build from you.
Haha, hilarious! This just made my day. :)
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Lol this looked like the real deal at first. Great job! :P
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
The thumbnail for this made me do a double take. I almost thought that this was a non-lego chess set.
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Nice work!
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
The chess board and the drawer are great. The pieces are a little bland, but chess is certainly not about what the pieces look like. My only real concern, and I couldn't be sure w/o seeing it in person, is that it looks like it may be easy to accidentally knock pieces over when making a move. If this is the case, a 2x2 jumper plate in the middle of each square would fix that, although it could add problems of its own...
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Hay look. It's S.N.O.T (Studs not on top).
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Great job, Mark!!! ;D Keep it up!! :)
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Mark Kelso better watch out because you have arrived! 5 points! :P
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Note to self: Mark likes chess, build chess set for boardgame category for 5's.
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Haha, nice work! I really like how all the pieces are instantly recognizable, and that you can store all of them in the drawer is just great.
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Nice!
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
HMMM sort of boring, maybe add some more intricate detail here. I'd say a high 3. Sorry, just some cliché MOCathalon judging criteria. Great job, glad to see a build from you.
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Beautifully executed, score = 5
 I like it 
  March 13, 2015
Beautiful work Mark! I really like this board's style. The pieces too are elegant.
  March 13, 2015
Wow! Great idea! I really like the drawer! And first comment!
 
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