Playable Game Book
Other photos of chess games
and photos of games other than chess
All the King's Men
Having accidentally invented the great game Take the Brain [UK, aka SMESS (USA), Schlaukopf (Ger) ], Parker produced this more grown-up version, but the pieces are a little too similar for my comfort - the game awaits its Jaques/Staunton collaboration.
If you play it, allow Archers to promote to Knights on the back rank.
Mah Jongg set
Go set - resin pieces, leatherette board
Dou Shou Qi - Animal Chess
Children's Shogi Set
Aerial Attack Game
The Viking Game (Hnefetafl [King's Table]) resin & cloth
Solitaire Set (wood & glass)
Boards for playing...
Noughts and Crosses 3x3
Dobutsu Shogi 3x4
Goru-Goru Shogi 5x6
ChessWord - I have no rules for this one, but I think you accumulate letters to make a word, and meanwhile can capture the opponent's pieces.
Tim accepting Rex Willis Trophy after winning the 2014 tournament with a round to spare.
Bug House Chess (Dobutsu Shogi)
The caterpillar (b3) promotes to butterfly (b4) on the last rank.
The Viking Game (Tablut) wood & leather
Portable Shogi Set
Black h1 FAIL (yorkshire train table)
French Revolution Game
Shogi Board 9x9
Xiangqi Board 8x9
Chessboard Puzzle 2
They're the set of pentominoes, with an extra 2x2 shape. Martin Gardner describes the puzzle in his first Mathematical puzzles and diversions book, from which a page is reproduced. The chequered pattern restricts the number of solutions but also gives some clues.
Old backgammon (or draughts) set in box
Courier Chess Board 12x8
Nine Men's Morris - wood and marbkes
blackwork embroidered chess board
We didn't win much last year, and even came last in the league... but we were so close to the other teams while our gradings were so far behind, that we won the grading prize!
Here's Taylor accepting the cup from Brian Aldwin, President of the East Devon Chess League, at the Coast/Country Jamboree.
I'll bring it in to show you when the club starts up again in September.
Wooden Go Set
Go Theme Games Bag
Pentomino Chess Board Puzzle 1
Oware set (wood and wood 'seeds')
Pentomino Puzzle Chess Board
Taylor and Edmund were wondering about a game where you cannot take a piece of higher rank. That's a feature of Do Shou Gi and Luzhangqi, and this Western game, Stratego.
Chessboard puzzle 1
Oware Set (wood & bonduc seeds)
Dou Shou Qi (Jungle Game or Animal Chess) set
Teacher's reward stickers, foam discs.
Royal Game of Ur
Keyring Xiang-chi set
10x10 board for International Draughts (or Capablanca chess)
Bone and Ebony Double-Nine Domino Set
Dolls House Chess Table
Pentomino Chess Board Puzzle 2
Various wooden puzzles - clockwise from top right Bedlam Cube, Soma Cube, Pentominoes, 12-move 2-sun Japanese Puzzle Box, small home-made pentomino set, Snake Cube, puzzle cube. [You'll recognise the Rubik's cube in the middle.]
Musical Chess Table
Three concurrent games of exchange (bughouse)
Oware set (plastic)
Biscuits for Chess Match, 25th Jan 2014
Plectra and labels
Schlaukopf - a German version of Parker game 'Take the Brain' (US 'Smess'), where Ninnies and Numbskulls have become Dummkopfen and SchiltzOhren. Haven't seen this for 40 years! The square you sit on determines how you can move, so it can take 3 moves to hop to an adjacent square. One of my favourite variations of chess. A more sober version 'All the King's men' was also marketed, with I believe inferior (or incomplete) rules.
Playable Game books
Simul by England Junior Theo Slade 8th July 2014
From left to right: original, donated, replaced...
A nice bone barleycorn set was acquired with an amusingly mismatched home-made King. Alan Dewey, the ChessSpy, was kind enough to source one for me which was a better fit.
The thing on the right has been put together from bits of a Selenus set, whose characteristic feature is (nested) crowns. Alan points out that they normally point upwards!
Musical Wooden Chess Table