On a yearly basis the Chessmen Museum organizes a chess game design competition. There are some nice prizes to be won: first place € 1000,-, second place € 500,-, third place € 250,-, fourth place € 100,-, fifth place € 50,-, consolation prize € 25,-.

Memorable entries

Game of religions

One of the 2007 participating artists of the design competition was Alie Kalverda, who sent us her ‘Game of Religions’. Alie hopes that her chess set will contribute to more tolerance between the different religions and getting a step closer to world peace. Have a look at her website:

The Rotterdam Chess game

In 2010 the Rotterdam Chess Game, designed by Harry Hoek, was added to the collection, in its original size as well as the Extra Large version. Harry Hoek, who has entered in a previous chess game design competition, did not win any prizes with his reproductions of the buildings of Rotterdam. His new and abstract version of his chess set is a big success though. It is on display at the museum as well as outside of it, in an Extra Large sized version. In between the Cubic Houses people can enjoy themselves playing a huge game of chess. (Read more about the development of the game.)

Both versions of the Rotterdam Chess Game are for sale at the museum and the Extra Large version is also available for hiring. Are you interested in the Rotterdam Chess Game? Please send us an email:

GOOD IDEA: do you have a Rotterdam based company and are you looking for a nice present to give to your business acquaintances? Consider the Rotterdam Chess Game in a luxury gift box.