For the next few weeks we will be working on making our own chess set!!! I'm very excited about this project!
My chessboard's theme will be taken from the ballet Swan Lake which tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse.
This beautiful story is where my mind immediately went when I thought about creating my own chessboard. It seems to fit so perfectly with the players in the game and hopefully will look like a dance as it is played out.
For the full story please follow this link:
SWAN LAKE STORY
The Chess Board (The Lake)
The king is the most important piece, but is one of the weakest. The king can only move one square in any direction - up, down, to the sides, and diagonally.
The queen is the most powerful piece. If moved she can move in any one straight direction - forward, backward, sideways, or diagonally - as far as possible as long as she does not move through any of her own pieces. And, like with all pieces, if the queen captures an opponent's piece her move is over.
The rook may move as far as it wants, but only forward, backward, and to the sides. The rooks are particularly powerful pieces when they are protecting each other and working together!
The bishop may move as far as it wants, but only diagonally. Each bishop starts on one color (light or dark) and must always stay on that color. Bishops work well together because they cover up each other’s weaknesses.
Knights move in a very different way from the other pieces – going two squares in one direction, and then one more move at a 90 degree angle, just like the shape of an “L”. Knights are also the only pieces that can move over other pieces.
Pawns are unusual because they move and capture in different ways: they move forward, but capture diagonally. Pawns can only move forward one square at a time, except for their very first move where they can move forward two squares. Pawns can only capture one square diagonally in front of them. They can never move or capture backwards. If there is another piece directly in front of a pawn he cannot move past or capture that piece.
So stay tuned! This will be quite a project! I have a lot of sculptures and molds to make!