Created: January 04, 2022 02:21 PM
The ChessUp board guides players to the right move by lighting up squares that represent good, acceptable and poor choices for moves depending on which piece they touch.
At the company's booth at CES, ChessUp CEO Jeff Wigh is holding his own against professional chess player Tatev Abrahamyan, who holds the title of "Woman Grandmaster".
ChessUp lets you dial up or down the level of assistance for each player -- giving a beginner a fighting chance against an expert.
"Ok so, when you touch a piece the chess board can sense it and depending on what settings you have, it will light the squares and tell you the strength of each move. So if you're a very strong player. Tatev is a Women's Grandmaster - she's one of the top 10 women players in the United States, so she has a very high level chess player. Jeff is a regular guy. He's our CEO. So a good game between them, Tatev has no assistance and Jeff has a lot. So when he touches a piece, he can see a green squares, blue squares and red. Green is great, blue is, meh, OK and red -- those are blunders, those are bad moves, and you can dial that up and down. So if you're playing someone close to your level, but you always beat them, allow them to see what a blunder is and avoid those, and it's a much closer match," explains company spokesman Adam Roush.
Roush says there has been a recent uptick in interest in learning chess, with help from "The Queen's Gambit," a popular Netflix miniseries based on the novel by Walter Tevis, which aired in 2020.
"Yeah, there are 600 million chess players in the world and and it's definitely grown the chess boom because of The Queen's Gambit, we have been developing this since before that show was out. We're thrilled to have so much exposure to chess and this is a great way to learn. It's also a great way to make sure you don't make illegal moves. So making a move when you're king is in check, we can help you avoid making an illegal move, and it makes playing a game much, much more fun."
New players can get schooled in proper chess technique with ChessUp's learning feature.
ChessUp is currently available for pre-order, and the company says its first units will be shipping in March.
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