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The Eiffel Tower is king and the Empire State Building is queen in these architecture-inspired chess sets | Life

New York buildings replace traditional chess pieces in a contemporary set created by the Skyline Chess brand. — Image courtesy of Skyline Chess

PARIS, November 17 — How about changing your queen for the Empire State Building, your king for the One World Trade Center and your bishops for the Chrysler Building, by swapping traditional chess pieces for the iconic buildings of destinations like New York, London, Paris or Dubai? The Skyline Chess brand is leading the way when it comes to creating these architecturally inspired versions of the game.

Since the October 2020 release of the Netflix series The Queen’s Bet, chess has shed its image as a corny game reserved for boffins. Watched by some 62 million households in 28 days (a record since beaten by the hit show squid game), the American miniseries propelled a 1,500-year-old board game into the 21st century.

And chess even became an object of decoration. A British brand specializing in the art of transforming pawns, bishops and other chess pieces into iconic buildings in global destinations such as New York, London, Paris and Dubai.

Buyers can choose a board with a map of the city of their choice, and a London vs. New York edition is even available.

For Paris, the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Arc de Triomphe, Center Pompidou and the Louvre pyramid replace traditional rooms, with Haussmann buildings lining up like pawns.

In the San Francisco edition, the pawns are replaced by the famous “painted ladies”, the Victorian-style houses synonymous with the city.

Landed in stainless steel for 680 US$ (2,838 RM), this modern version of the chess game is above all a beautiful object to give character to your interior.

Cheaper metal or acrylic versions are also available, with prices starting around US$130.

Deluxe bronze versions are available for US$4,109. Other destinations set to be added to the collection include Tokyo, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shanghai. — Studio ETX