The best chess games: ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘Marvel’
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Unless you’re Beth Harmon on “Queen’s Gambit” – high on a mix of Librium and relentless ambition – then you probably can’t play an entire chess game on the ceiling, from the depths of your own brilliant mind. .
On the contrary, you will need a physical board and a partner to enjoy the classic strategy game. And there’s no better reason to buy a board than to celebrate National Chess Day on July 20. If you are a pop culture junkie then there are plenty of options. Why stick to the classic King and Queen, when you can turn them into Westero’s Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow? Why play on an unimaginative checkerboard when you can tactically move your pawns within the fortified walls of a Middle-earth fortress, as seen in “The Lord of the Rings”?
From “Game of Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings” chess sets to “Star Trek” and Marvel chess boards, here are the best chess sets for every type of pop culture junkie.
Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set (55% off)
One of the most memorable scenes in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is where Professor McGonagall transforms a chess board into a human form to keep the magical red stone. This is a remarkable recreation of the Final Challenge chess set from the movie, containing 32 highly detailed castings that replicate the wizards and goblins who fought the epic battle. If you’re a Legos fan, this LEGO Harry Potter chess set includes buildable pieces based on the same scene. And if you want something hyper-realistic, go for this giant MegaChess chess set with life-size pieces that could have come straight out of Hogwarts.
Harry Potter chess set
“Game of Thrones” collectible chess set
This collectible set includes custom sculpted pieces of iconic characters from the HBO show, including Jon Snow of Westeros and Daenerys Targaryen as King and Queen, Tyrion Lannister and Tormund Giansbane as Bishops, Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth as knights, Drogon and Rhaegal as towers and the Unsullied as pawns, as they fight against the White Walkers.
Game of Thrones chess set
“Lord of the Rings” chess game
Choose between good and evil as you roam Middle-earth, taking control of the intricately sculpted pieces ruled by Galadriel, Aragorn, Frodo, and Gandalf the Gray, or the forces of evil ruled by Gollum, the Nazgûl, Saruman and the Dark Lord Sauron.
Lord of the Rings chess set
‘Star Wars’ pewter chess set
If your “Star Wars” obsession runs deeper, or if you want to add to a collectible chess set, then this beautiful pewter chess set, which is part of the Lucasfilm Collection from Royal Selangor, is worth every penny. This board is made of tempered glass, held off the surface by satin pewter feet. Pieces include Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Han Solo, R2-D2, C-3PO, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Stormtroopers made from porcelain plinths in cool gray or matte black while the Rebel Alliance is fighting against their Imperial rivals.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Chess Set
Inspired by the 3D chess games played in the Ten Forward Lounge aboard the USS Enterprise -D, this chess set features pieces from favorite “Star Trek” characters, including Captain Jean Luc-Picard and the Advisor Deanna Troi as King and Queen, in their fight against the Romulans led by Q and Sela.
Star Trek Chess Set
‘Star Trek’ three-dimensional chess set
If you’re looking for a more intergalactic battle, then you’ll want to get your hands on this iconic four-level set, as seen in the classic “Star Trek” TV series. The unique board features three playing surfaces and four movable ‘attack planes’, all made from translucent acrylic, making it an immersive cinematic experience.
Super Trek three-dimensional chess set
Marvel collectible chess set
It’s SHIELD vs. Hydra in this Marvel chess battle that gives the epic “Endgame” clashes a run for their money. Take on the heroic tasks by performing artful moves with your favorite Marvel superheroes such as Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, and Captain America as they take on the villainous Hydra, led by Thanos and Hella.
Marvel Collectible Chess Set
Chess game ‘Jurassic Park’
Transport yourself back to the Mesozoic era with this “Jurassic Park” set, featuring Tyrannosaurus rex, Spinosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Velociraptor, Brachiosaurus and Pteranodon, among others like chess pieces, each designed with exquisite detail that any fan of dinosaurs will appreciate.
Jurassic Park Chess Set
‘Batman’ chess game
The Dark Knight and the Joker face off in this DC Comics inspired chess game. The pieces and the set are made up of the same colorful images that the comics and the movie are known for, with the iconic Batman emblem, placed next to a royal purple, decorating the set.
‘Transformers’ chess game
Command Optimus Prime and the Autobots or defend Megatron and the Decepticons in this collectible board, which features pewter-sized coins from top Transformers characters such as the Heroic Ironhide, Jazz, Bumblebee and Rachet, against the villains Starscream, Blackout and Bonecrusher.
Transformers chess set
‘Super Mario’ chess game
Face off against each other with the hand-painted pieces on this “Super Mario” collectible painting as Mario and Bowser go head-to-head in another action-packed duel. Carefully crafted pieces feature all of the iconic video game characters, including Luigi, Princesses Peach and Daisy, Yoshi Toad, in addition to their green rivals, Bowser Jr, Magikoopa, Birdo and Goomba.
Super Mario Chess Set