Gorgeous chess set

This remarkable chess set was designed by a guy called Dave Pickett and is actually made out of skeleton keys.

They’re all brass – one set is sandblasted, while the other has a liver sulphur patina.

I’ve been a huge chess fan since I was first taught it by my next-door neighbour Martin, when I was just three!

For many years, I travelled around London at weekends playing chess tournaments to a very high standard.

I was lucky enough to be coached by an international master called Nigel Povah and for a while, I lived and breathed chess, with all its endless variations of the Ruy Lopez and the Sicilian.

Needless to say, the call of a social life meant that my obsession with the game faded away as I got older.

Of course, it could just be that I heard George Bernard Shaw’s famous quote about chess and saw the light: “Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time.”

I do still love the game, though, and once I no longer have children rampaging around the house, I would love to have on display a hand-carved set I bought in Russia.

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