MasterPiece Chess UPDATE - PREORDER NOW

dtrasatti

Hey everyone! I'm pretty pumped to announce that we're now taking preorders for MasterPiece Chess pieces! We will begin shipping in July 2019.

For those of you that haven't seen the kickstarter or know about this project, we're creating a bridge for modern chess that allows players to play their favorite ipad or android chess applications (like CHESS.COM) using a set of special touch-activating chess pieces as opposed to swipes at a screen. This is a completely fun new way to visualize and play your online/computer chess games and requires no special apps!

Come check out the product at www.masterpiecechess.com

As always, feel free to DM me with any questions or comments!

DJ

dfndr2019

Hi. I’m interested. What size chess pieces can you use? Minimum weight required?  I don’t have a tablet but would buy one to play chess on. Which tablet do you recommend for your program? Thanks

dfndr2019

Oh, I looked again. So you sell the chess pieces for $15 and we need another computer program and tablet. Is this correct? So which of each do you recommend. How big a tablet?

Eyechess

I have ordered one of these.

dtrasatti
They are ideal for a standard Apple iPad. The pieces are scaled optimally for this size tablet.
dfndr2019

So what chess program do you recommend for a novice level player.  Basically, I’m asking how this works. 

jjupiter6
dfndr2019 wrote:

So what chess program do you recommend for a novice level player.  Basically, I’m asking how this works. 

The program you are using right now maybe?

 

dtrasatti

RIGHT ON!! Chess.com works GREAT with them! But really any application that has a board you can play in portrait mode will work. I like chess.com because they have the most features. You can even set it to blindfold mode if you don't want to be distracted by the graphical pieces and simply see your real chess set setup! Whats even cooler is that I like to set mine up and run thru some of the old PGN's from famous matches. 

Brioma33

Are you really able to navigate through these chess websites with the chess pieces set up and ready to play. There rarely seems to be enough time to set up a chess board for play when you accept a challenge, especially if you are playing a random color/side. Not sure how the start of a game is going to be affected.

Nausea-Sartre

What a ridiculous idea. This can't be serious?

dtrasatti
Brioma33 wrote:

Are you really able to navigate through these chess websites with the chess pieces set up and ready to play. There rarely seems to be enough time to set up a chess board for play when you accept a challenge, especially if you are playing a random color/side. Not sure how the start of a game is going to be affected.

Good question! I typically set the board up before initiating the game. It only creates a minor obstruction to the app menus on the ipad. If you're familiar enough with the interface it's a breeze! 

Haverumwilltravel

What are the pieces made of?

dtrasatti
The pieces are plastic as is the small travel board that is included. The set stores neatly in a great zip travel case
MickeyDeadGuys

Seems creative, but kinda clunky.  I suppose if you really need pieces to enhance your experience, it might be ok.

jjupiter6

MickeyDeadGuys wrote:

Seems creative, but kinda clunky.  I suppose if you really need pieces to enhance your experience, it might be ok.

Lucky a chess expert with no interest chimed in. Very helpful.

maik1988

I can see several issues with this, one being that, from the video, it becomes apparent that the actual pieces are about the size of a finger nail. Couple this with the fact that the pieces are plastic, and you have a setup in which you need to positively pinch to grab pieces with surgeon-like precision, only to have them possibly topple over and take other pieces down with them from how light, small and close together they are. The other issue is that you are looking at a board of 3d plastic pieces with 2d images flashing beneath them. I'm sure you can get past that if you give it some time, but at first glance it looks distracting. 

About a year ago or so, there was this company that came out with a board and pieces that was electronic and that registers your moves for websites such as chess.com. This is pretty much the same, except on a much smaller playing area and with the aforementioned disadvantages. I like that these things are being designed because it shows that maybe one day, they will progress and evolve into technologies that actually do work very well, but like the other board and pieces posted on this site, and perhaps even more so, this product for the moment looks too gimmicky to warrant any real investment.

Of course, now there will be a ton of fanatics and converts who will attack me for saying these things, as though the livelihood and prosperity of generations of their families depended on it, but hey, such is life.

Rsava

I agree somewhat with the assessment of them being small as well as the 2d images under the pieces. It may just take getting used to. Time will tell. 

The bases do seem wide though so I am not sure there is much worry about toppling the pieces. And blitz/bullet is definitely out. Slow games only. 

I do not, however, see it being used anywhere other than in my home on a desk. 

Saying that, I did order 2 sets, if for nothing other than for the novelty and to help keep the innovation going. 

Brioma33

I know that if you set the board up as blindfold, there won’t be an image under the pieces. I also have a small Drueke travel set with peg pieces that I believe are smaller than these and I have never had an issue with them. I doubt you will be able to play any fast paced games with these. A slower game at home might be an enjoyable time though. I too have ordered a set and I am interested to see how everything plays out. 

lighthouse

for 15 bucks it's not that bad , Do we get extra chess men or Queen with it ?

or can we get spare's ,

What do we do use when we have a 2nd Queen ?

forked_again

It doesn't work with Windows devices?