The game of chess takes cunning and intelligence and can sometimes be incredibly intense. But your standard Chess Set just doesn’t reflect the same intensity. If you prefer to play on a board that’s as mighty as your chess maneuvers then check out these 12 Bad Ass Chess Sets.
Pirates vs Ninjas
Everyone knows that Pirates are better than Ninjas. Or was that the other way around? Either way you wouldn’t want to cross one of these fierce warriors in a dark alley. Maybe a nice game of chess would be better. Each pieces is hand painted and awesome.
Rolling Stone Chess Set
When we say this chess set is an authentic Rolling Stone Chess Set, we don’t mean official, we mean it’s ACTUALLY made of Rolling Stone magazine covers. The surface of the Rolling Stone Chess Board features tons of Rolling Stone covers, making this The perfect chess set for a fan of the magazine. Even the pieces are hand made from actual Rolling Stone magazine covers as well. The board features compartments for storing the pieces and a hard gloss finish to protect it. $500
Auto Part Chess Set
We could think of no material grittier or more masculine to use for a chess set than used auto parts and scrap metal. The set includes silver and black left over bits repurposed as a car enthusiast’s dream chess set. The queen features screws, cogs and bearings, the bishops come from sparkplugs and rooks are crafted from cogwheels. Each piece flaunts its own signs of wear and tear and personal imperfections you’d expect from used car parts. $89
Rustic Warriors Auto Part Chess Set
If you liked the Auto Parts Chess set, you’ll be blown away by the updated Rustic Warriors Set. After perfecting the first set, artist Armando Ramirez enhances the concept by converting the old car parts into even more detailed pieces that resemble darker more intense versions of traditional chess pieces. Each piece takes on a style of its own based on the parts used to create them. Take in the details, like the beautiful yet rough mane on the knight. $176
Inspired by the chemical elements of carbon molecules, this cool futuristic looking chess set features peices made from the five platonic solids, except for the queen which is made from a spherical fullerenes or buckyball. We have no clue what any of that scientific jargon means but we do know that the Platonic Chess set is damn cool looking.
Chess Set for Tesla
Inspired by our favorite mad scientist Nikola Tesla, this chess set features spooky Tesla coil-esque pieces encased in glass. The set is made from wood, glass and working electrical components that would have fit right in among any of Tesla’s incredible experiments. Each piece lights up when plugged into the board and of course turns off upon removal.
Get a new perspective on the game of chess with the 3D chessboard. It features your standard pieces, but throws in a twist via a unique checkerboard with raised terrain that really makes you appreciate the perilous climb to victory.
Grahame Fowler Chess Set
Combine the classic style of a faded wooden board with the sleek modern appeal of 6061 US aircraft grad aluminum pieces. The Grahame Fowler Chess Set adds a bold touch to your game room. The 32 black and silver aluminum pieces come in your choice of semi-gloss or matte finish. $1725
Carbon Fiber F1 Chess Set
If any Formula One racing fans have never paid any attention to the much slower paced game of chess, they just might after seeing this amazing set. Made from actual parts of the F1 Renault car, the Carbon Fiber Chess Set includes all sorts of parts and materials. Some of the parts used to make this chess set include the suspension, hub caps, wings and more. The set includes a wide range of strong materials like titanium, stainless steel, aircraft grade aluminum, leather and of course carbon fiber. $50000
Glowing Onyx Chess Tables
There’s something almost eerie about the Glowing Onyx Chess Table. The table is backlit with a soft glow through translucent onyx creating a hazy checkerboard pattern on the table. To really add to the effect the pieces are glass allowing the light to pass through them as well.
Chess Set 4000-FM
Flat doesn’t have to mean boring with the stylish planar pieces of the Chess Set 4000-FM. The pieces are made from soft calfskin leather and the board of pear-tree. Distinctly designed, the pieces slide into the board, firmly holding their place as you make each calculated move. $9790
Carbon Fiber Chessboard
This ain’t your grandfather’s chessboard. Carbon fiber is usually reserved for motorsports an aerospace, but you’ll find it in this chess set along with 24 carat gold and sterling silver (to differentiate the pieces). The chessboard itself is also made from carbon and epoxy resin. The only traditional material you’ll ever see is the wooden box it comes in. $11300