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This AI-powered chess board is like a non-magical wizard’s chess set, but better

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TL;DR: Get a smart chess set for $424.99 instead of $449 (4% off) as of Feb. 22.


Unless you’re Beth Harmon from The Queen’s Gambit and everyone wants to play chess with you, it’d be tough to find a worthy opponent who would be willing to engage in a battle anytime and anywhere. After all, chess is not for everyone. Not all your friends would want to sit down and spend hours racking their brains to come up with moves that would obliterate your pieces.

While you can always download a chess app and play against a computer bot, it’s nowhere near as fun as having an actual person as an opponent. But with Square Off, you can play with actual people from the comfort of your own home without ever having to leave.

A 2020 CES Top Tech and Innovation Awardee, this electronic chess board is designed to have a mind of its own. It’s powered by robotics and artificial intelligence, allowing you to challenge anyone from across the globe and watch their every move right on your board.

Think of it as a non-magical wizard’s chess board from Harry Potter. The pieces move on their own, thanks to magnetic sensors, so all you have to do is watch the board and think of your next plan of attack. If you don’t feel like squaring off with anyone, you also have the option to play games against the board’s AI, which boasts 20 difficulty levels. It even adapts to your gameplay and quickly adjusts to your level of expertise.

Check out how it works:

After every game, the board automatically resets pieces to their starting position. You can analyze your games via the accompanying app, so you can come back a better player for your next opponent, whether it’s a real person or AI.

Unleash your inner Beth Harmon with Square Off. Normally retailing for $449, you can pick up this smart chess board for $424.99.

Prices subject to change.


Wooden chess board

Credit: Square Off

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