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"A chess set made of apples?" you exclaim with bemused credulity? "What a testimony," you continue, "to the consummate art of the playful mind." "And yet," I cannot help but comment, "an achievement of clearly bemusing significance."

Speaking of which, how about these chesspiece cookie cutters (only one of many contemplation-worthy things of silliness found at the Odd Objects Gallery)? As I am often heard to say, if you're going to be eating your way to victory, you might as well be eating cookies.

On the other hand, when it comes to gameful employment of this clearly comestible concept, it is with the invention of Shotglass Chess that the entire notion of piece-ingestibility achieves both perceptual and conceptual validation. I quote heavily:
Whenever you capture an opponent's piece you have to drink it. The most valuable pieces have greater capacity so the advantage of being ahead in the game is offset by increased inebriation and a rapid deterioration in performance!...What drinks are suitable? The options are almost limitless as long as both colors are easily distinguishable. Red wine against white wine ensures a relatively calm game. Orange juice and apple juice are more suitable for morning matches and any clash involving Absinthe should really be left to the Grandmasters.

RULES of Shot Glass Chess

1. Select your favorite alcoholic beverage and pour it into your opponent's 16 glasses. The following quantities are our recommendations, discovered after extensive research and development: Pawn: 0.5 parts Bishop: 1 part Knight: 1 part Rook: 2 parts Queen: 3 parts King: 2 parts
2. Begin the game of chess as normal. Whenever a player makes a capture he must drink the contents of that piece.
3. Illegal moves are permissible as long as neither player notices.
4. The losing player must drink his own king as the final ignominy of defeat.

Thanks for the inspiration, Caterina.



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