Here's a new twist on one of the oldest classic games ever. The wall-mounted Vertical Chessboard ($300) saves precious space in tight quarters, allowing games of indefinite length. My only question is, where do you put the pieces after they die?
According to Hammacher Schlemmer, the board is made from cherry veneer, alternately stained and left in its natural color to produce the black and white spaces. Eight transparent acrylic shelves support its set of classic Staunton chess pieces. The black pieces are made from rosewood, known for its darkly veined grain and stout heft; the white pieces are made from boxwood, selected for its fine grain and high density.