Objects of Desire: Checkmate – Pasadena Weekendr

Chess has joined baking and gardening as a pandemic hobby that is suddenly gaining popularity. And it’s not just for people squatting on a populated board. Chess is growing as an online spectator sport, even attracting players.

Indeed, audiences watched 41.2 million hours of chess on Twitch, Amazon’s popular website for watching games remotely, from March through August, four times as many hours as the six months. previous ones, according to the New York Times.

Of course, you don’t have to be a million-view chess champion to ride this wave. Here are some suggestions for equipping fans with a game where everything old is new again.

Keith Haring chess set

It’s the perfect marriage between a game and one of the country’s most playful performers. Lacquered wood chess pieces inspired by the works of Keith Haring include pawns of barking dogs and castles resembling men with outstretched arms. The set comes with a white fabric storage bag featuring Haring’s 1989 self-portrait.

Keith Haring Chess Set, $ 38, MoMA Design Store, store.moma.org.

Chessboard and clock keepsake box

Store your chess pieces (or other valuables) in this charming wooden box with a vintage touch from Etsy seller RelicWoodGifts. A nameplate and felt liner can be added at an additional cost.

Keepsake chessboard and clock box, $ 169, etsy.com

Chess lessons for children

You are never too young to start playing chess, which is why ChessKid.com takes care to keep students safe online with restricted activity and chat reports. In addition to the courses, ChessKid.com offers tools for coaches and a free chess program to encourage chess to grow in schools. A basic subscription offering beginner lessons, three puzzles per day and more is free. Upgrading to a Gold membership, which unlocks more content, costs $ 10 per month or $ 49 for a year.

Visit ChessKid.com.

Walpole Manor Game Chess Table

Salute the classic roots of the game of kings with the elegant reproduction of an antique chess table from Design Toscano. It features a walnut color finish, hand painted table top, Hepplewhite tapered legs and a storage drawer.

Walpole Manor Game Chess Table, on sale for $ 199, designtoscano.com

VTEK 300 Ultimate Chess Clock

What Makes It The Ultimate Chess Clock? A brilliant display of all the information chess players need while playing and adjusting settings as well as the engineering that makes setting the clock intuitive.

VTEK 300 Ultimate Chess Clock, $ 149, chesshouse.com.

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