Instead of simply enjoying the city skyline from Parliament Hill or Peckham multi-storey car park, Londoners can while away a few hours tactically capturing and defending their favourite landmarks on this custom designed chess set. The pieces in the picture are 3D-printed prototypes – the designers are currently raising funds online in an attempt to realise their project and produce quality acrylic and metal sets to sell to the public.
Each piece has been carefully chosen to reflect the nature of a particular building: the old-fashioned rook has been replaced by the Victorian grace of Big Ben whilst the pawn is an unassuming terraced house. The London Eye takes the place of the knight as you can ‘see the whole board’ with it, the Shard plays the role of the queen – the game’s most powerful piece – and the Gherkin represents the bishop, because… it looks most like a bishop. For those who (rightly) believe that London is the best city in the world, plans to create chess sets for other cities such as Paris and New York are also in the pipeline so they can battle it out once and for all. Katie Forster
The Skyline Chess project is hoping to raise £25,000 by September 26 to make the sets a reality. Check out how far they’ve got or donate some cash on their page at kickstarter.com