Design student Ben Myers and his father put a very interesting, uh…spin on the game of chess with this globe-shaped magnetic board.
The board was crafted from walnut, soft maple, and Jatoba wood which were cut to the proper dimensions and glued onto eight octagonal rings – each of which is embedded with a magnet. After gluing was complete, the rough globe shape was rounded into spherical perfection with a lathe.
The result allows players to position chess pieces anywhere on the globe – even in inverted positions. The shape also provides additional complexity while affecting the power of the pieces – especially bishops, which reportedly become “very deadly” without a conventional board’s side edges.
If you’re up to the task of making your own sphere chess board, you can check out Ben’s tutorial over at Instructables.