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Abstract chess set. Photo's of chess set with geometric forms for pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
🕸Fergus Duniho wrote on 2023-03-26 UTC

They were inspired by a 3D set within a computer program for playing Chess I had for my Amiga, and that set may have been inspired by the Bauhaus and Man Ray sets, but I was unaware of them at the time.

Max Koval wrote on 2023-03-26 UTC

@Fergus Duniho, I thought that your set was partially influenced by Bauhaus chess pieces by Josef Hartwig, which are a favorite of mine. They share the idea of an abstract movement representation, and this year will make the 100th anniversary of when they were designed.

🕸Fergus Duniho wrote on 2023-03-26 UTC

Since I was not aware of it, this did not inspire my illustrated 2D Abstract set. Despite this, there are enough similarities that the use of the same name seems appropriate. In fact, it's even more similar than the actual inspiration for my set. For the Rook, I used a square while Hans used a cube. For the Knight I used a 2D pattern of three squares representing the Knight's move while Hans tried the same idea in 3D. For the Bishop, I used a triangle while Hans used a pyramid with triangular sides. For the King, I used a cross to divide a semi-circle while Hans used a solid cross. And for the Pawns, I used a semi-circle while Hans used a semi-sphere. The main difference is the Queen, which in my set is a crown composed of disconnected squares and triangles.

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