The Chess Box

Jun 16, 2012, 10:22 PM |

I'm not talking about Chess Boxing or Boxed Sets of Chuck Berry tunes, I'm talking about the box ... the container that holds your chess pieces, keeps them together, gets them from point A to point B.

Have you been told to think outside the box? ... why not think about the box?

My first box was cardboard, nothing fancy .... similar to a Monopoly game box, most recent box was cardboard too ..... ugly, plain, each beautiful piece wrapped in bubble wrap inside. My cardboard tube does the trick too .... pawns first, kings last or they jam up and don't all get in.

My favourite box is the wooden one with the lid sliding in two grooves ... my daughter says the white pieces go in one side, the black in the other ..... I told her they don't "have to" .... she needs to think outside of the box.

My bank gave me a "nice" wooden, hinged, book-like box .....all the pieces are held in by little green elastic bands around their tummies. They tried to tell me it was for new account holders only .... "I'd like to open a new acount" ...."don't bother, here's a board anyway".

My old magnetic travel set (6 inches square) is in a plastic box ... the clear plastic snap-on lid is cracked ... it's not much but works great, the pieces never fall out anyway.

I keep loose, extra, found pieces in a zip-loc bag ......

Carrying your pieces in a purple & gold Crown Royal bag used to be pretty cool .... was that just a Canadian thing? ... or just cool for marbles?




"When the chess game is over, the pawn and the king go back to the same box."  - old Irish saying.

 "Place the contents of the chess box in a hat, shake them up vigorously, pour them on the board from a height of two feet, and you get the style of Steinitz." - Henry Bird