Product Idea

Chess (Travel Edition)

Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to check out my LEGO Idea; Chess (Travel Edition).

Chess is a very old game, it goes back almost 15 centuries. As we speak millions of people are still playing it all around the world.
The game has been changed a lot throughout all those years and it comes in many variations and sizes. Almost every brand or theme has a chess set these days, including LEGO. Did you know they even released a LEGO Chess videogame in 1998? I loved to play that game with friends and family back in the day.

The coolest chess sets are often large, bulky and expensive, some are even life-sized. Those sets are not easy to move or take with you and some people even have dedicated chess tables for them.
Thankfully there are plenty of small scale chess sets available as well. These ones you can easily transport, but they all have one major downside; they’re not made out of LEGO! Until now that is...

Chess (Travel Edition) is a full-fledged chess set that you can take with you on-the-go. Bring it over to a friend or even take it with you on your next holiday. It’s also comfortable just sitting on a coffee table or bookshelf as a nice decorative piece or conversation starter.
The board itself is foldable and can be locked to prevent it from opening during transport. When folded, all chess pieces can be easily stored inside of the board. All pieces have their own secured spot, so there won’t be any unwanted confrontation between them when they’re off the battlefield.
During the game, the hinges are secured to prevent the board from accidentally folding. A few plates (which double as the locks) are used to add stability to the board and they also protect the hinges.
Please make sure to check out all the pictures to get an idea of the setup process.

I think this would make a nice LEGO product for the following reasons:

  • Chess is being played worldwide (no regional or cultural limitations)
  • Chess is timeless (chess has been around for a long time and is here to stay)
  • Chess is suitable for all ages (4+ probably to suit LEGO guidelines)
  • Chess is not tied to a single IP (intellectual property)
  • Chess stimulates the mind and fine motor skills (just like LEGO)
  • Chess is multiplayer, it’s a social game (you can play solo as well if you want)
  • Chess (travel edition) is small, portable and affordable (only 336 bricks!)
  • Chess can be transformed into checkers (another fun game to play)

This Idea started out as a LEGO activity (Celebrating everything sports!) and since then I have completely reworked the board to make it foldable. This is my first LEGO Idea and I would like to thank everyone who has motivated me to post it here, it was fun.

If you have any questions or remarks please feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks again for taking the time to check out my idea.

Happy building everyone! (Ow and please hit the support button, if you want to of course)

P@brick