Chess has traditionally been a man’s game. Smelling of coffee, snuff and dandruff, two bearded warriors meet in the parlor to match tactical might. In such times, an erotic chessboard would have been met with disapproval: there would have been no interest in fanning the flames of competition into an orgiastic appeasement of lust, in which the triumph of “Checkmate” is replaced with a shouted climax of a far more primal kind.
But times have changed. Chess nowadays? Well… let’s face it. It’s full of babes. Time to put the carnality back into castling. The Antique Erotic chess set eschews the usual abstractions of nobility for Sartyr-esque depictions of perversion. A knight becomes a man buggering a goat. A bishop? A midget riding a winged, ostrich-like penis.
No price, but the sets are supposedly made of ivory. Expect to stagger.