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Giant Chess Set

Giant Chess Set


In Columbia, SC  a whiffle ball manufacturer, David Jones and a cabinet maker, Jim McGrew have taken on a giant project – a life size chess set. The chess pieces will be on public display for the first time this weekend at the Columbia Open, a chess tournament at the Hilton Garden Inn on Harbison Boulevard.

McGrew used a chess set belonging to Jones’ father as a model. He sent the pieces off to a company that used them to create 3-D computer images. McGrew then plugged the images into his computer, and his robots – massive, computer-driven saws – did the rest.


The result is a king that is 6 feet 3 inches tall, 2 feet thick and weighs 250 pounds.

The chess pieces sit on small platforms with wheels so they can be moved around a giant chessboard. A local artist, Lisa Reimlinger, paints the finished pieces to look like marble. And she tries to give them a little personality.

The king: “He’s an intense fellow.”

The queen: “She was very elegant and sort of sweet, but she can put the hammer down.”

The knight: “He has that no-nonsense, don’t screw with me kind of look.”

The unfinished set has already gotten the attention of the Columbia Chess Club, which is hosting the Columbia Open today, a tournament expected to attract as many as 70 players.

ChessCentral will be carrying Giant chess sets (though not this GIANT) for the holidays, so stay tuned. In the meantime check out our ever expanding line of chess sets.


2 Responses

  1. Hi, did you know you can buy giant chess sets?

  2. this is the largest chess set ive ever seen

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