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ChessPlus Review

Quick Look:

Designer: N/A
Artists: N/A
Publisher: Self Published

Year Published: 2017
No. of Players: 2
Ages: 6+
Playing Time: 2-45 Minutes

Photos By: Andrew Nebrich Photography

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"Fate always wins. Most of the gods throw dice but Fate plays chess, and you don't find out until it's too late that he's been using two queens all along."

Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don't find out til too late that he's been playing with two queens all along.
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Terry Pratchett
Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don't find out til too late that he's been playing with two queens all along. Terry Pratchett
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From the publisher:
The Original Merge and Split Chess Game. You create new merged pieces and move them as either piece or split them back into their original pieces. Great design, great fun and fast to play.


There have been so many modifications to chess that claim to be "the next thing in chess," but if I'm being honest, most of them are just a gimmick and don't actually offer strategic differences to the original game. When I saw ChessPlus, I was intrigued, but not sure it would be any different than all the rest.


Rules and Setup:
 Standard rules of chess, with these differences:

- Create new "merged" pieces by moving any piece onto to the square of another piece of the same color (except for the king which can never be merged).

-Move ‘merged’ pieces as either of their joined pieces or split them by moving either piece away individually. If you split merged pieces this counts as a move.

Abstract Strategy

Game Play:
Just like in standard chess the object is to have the opponent's king in checkmate (where the king has no moves without being captured). This can be accomplished quickly by gaining extra queens from moving a merged piece containing a pawn to the far end of the board.

Artwork and Components:
The pieces have a sleek and modern-art appearance. Depending on what you are looking for, there are three different versions of the game you can get.

The Good:
The games are faster but still strategic.

The Bad:
The pieces fit together but are not locked in.  Not a huge deal, but would have been a nice option.

Final Thoughts:
So does this game accomplish a new chess experience? ABSOLUTELY! Right from the beginning of the game, there are so many extra moves at your disposal. It was very appealing to the younger players that I played with because they were all in on making more powerful pieces. And you can get caught up in combined pieces, but you also run the risk of losing that new piece because when you merge pieces you are running the risk of losing not one piece, but two. My teenager plays chess and he wanted to play again right away after the first game...and the second game...and the third. This game is the true successor to chess.

Players Who Like:
Chess, Push your luck, Abstract strategy.

Check out ChessPlus on:

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James Freeman - Reviewer

James is a child of the 80's he grew playing D&D and Stratego. He currently owns more games than his understanding wife of 20+ years thinks he should. James lives in Buffalo, New York with his previously mentioned wife, 2 teenage kids and one Havanese dog. Also, if someone outside of Buffalo says they serve buffalo wings, they are lying.

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ChessPlus Review ChessPlus Review Reviewed by James Freeman on December 13, 2018 Rating: 5

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