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The 2020 Presidential Chess Set is a collector's edition set that has silver-colored pieces designed to look like current American political leaders, such as Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Nancy Pelosi. Each set also includes likenesses of former leaders, such as Barack Obama, and Supreme Court justices, such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Republicans will play against Democrats in each game, and it's claimed that you'll be able to obtain two new pieces (to replace empty podiums) once the 2020 Democratic candidates are known.
The cost of 2020 Presidential Chess Set is $59.99 plus $9.99 shipping, for a total price of $69.98.
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This game works just like a regular chess game, except that American political leaders are used as the pieces for each side, instead of the standard kings, queens, rooks, bishops, knights, and pawns. Donald Trump and Mike Pence will serve as the royalty for the Republican side, with the two Democratic podiums left blank until candidates are announced. As for the other pieces, current political leaders like Pelosi (Democrat) and Mitch McConnell (Republican) will ride elephants and donkeys as knights. The former presidential duos of Bush / Cheney and Obama / Biden will serve as rooks, while Supreme Court justices on either side of the spectrum will act as bishops. Lone elephants (Republican) and donkeys (Democrat) will be the pawns. Whoever wins the chess game will be the unofficial winner of the 2020 election among your family or group of friends!
In each chess set, you'll receive 32 pieces that have been crafted with incredibly intricate detail, so they can resemble the political figures they're portraying as closely as possible. Half of the pieces in each set will represent Democrats, while the other half will represent Republicans. Although they're not made of real silver, all of them will come in an attractive, sleek and sophisticated silver shade.
With every 2020 Presidential Chess Set, the person who obtained it will also obtain a Certificate of Authenticity. If anyone ever thinks that your set is an inauthentic knockoff, you can simply get this certificate out and show them.
Even though this is a chess game with a special design, the board isn't any larger than the boards that come with standard chess sets. Therefore, you won't have to clear extra space in your home (or wherever you choose to play) in order to play it effectively with friends, family members or other acquaintances. All of the pieces in each set only appear to be a tad bigger than those included in standard chess sets, so they won't take up an excessive amount of space, either.
If you're playing this game with people who don't know a whole lot about past and present American political figures, you can use the game as an opportunity to educate them along the way. Some educators might choose to present all the figures portrayed on the board objectively, while others who support one party over the other might opt to express strong personal opinions about the pieces. Regardless of your approach, you may inspire other players to head to Google and look for more information about the politicians, or you may decide to do that yourself.
Two people can play this game on their own, with one person playing as a Democrat and the other as a Republican, but it can also be played by more than two people. Instead of having one person on each side, you can create a Republican team and a Democrat team. Each team can then discuss its moves before someone officially puts them into position on the chessboard.
If the look of your 2020 Presidential Chess Set game doesn't quite suit your preferences, there are two possible upgrades available. You can upgrade your chess pieces from a silver shade to a gold one, or upgrade your board to one that's made of solid mahogany (instead of cardboard). These upgrades won't literally affect your game, but they may make it look more attractive if you're also using it as a decorative piece in your home or office.
This chess game hasn't been officially endorsed by any politicians, so if a politician whose likeness is featured in the game gets angry, sales may have to be discontinued. Of course, if you already have a set, you'll be able to keep using it, but you might incur some vitriol if you use it in a public place.
As with a regular game of chess, this chess game could be too complicated for some children who haven't yet reached middle school. Kids may find the idea of using political figures as the pieces exciting, but this might also make the game seem more complicated than it really is. If you want your kids to play this game, you may have to teach them how to play chess with an ordinary set first, and then have them transfer their skills to this edition.
If you've got family members or friends who have strong opinions about one or both of the leading American political parties, playing this game could result in some heated arguments. Things could get out of hand if people begin insulting each other's game pieces and bringing up potentially negative things the featured political figures have done in real life. Someone who's especially passionate about politics might even get angry if their side loses, although everyone should know the game is mainly about fun and doesn't reflect the exact political reality.
Some people like to fill their homes with objects representing the political party or certain figures they admire, and if you're one of those people, you won't have to get a bunch of different objects. If you get a 2020 Presidential Chess Set instead, you'll get well-crafted likenesses of many prominent political figures in one box, so there'll be no need to go out and search for separate figurines. Plus, if you don't have a chess set, but would like to learn to play or hone your skills, this set will relieve you of the responsibility of getting an additional one of those, too.
If you think you'll ever want to sell your 2020 Presidential Chess Set as a collector's item, it's important that you keep your certificate of authenticity in a safe place. You must also avoid altering it in any way. In the event that someone wants to purchase your set in the future, they'll likely ask for the certificate of authenticity with it, and probably won't be happy with a damaged one.
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