Level up your chess game.

ChessUp is a smart chessboard with a built-in chess instructor. Touch a piece and the board lights up all possible moves according to strength.

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$2,349,855 raised by 7,193 backers

Watch our crowdfunding campaign video to learn how it all started.

Play anyone, anywhere, on a real chessboard.

This is online chess like it should be - on a real chessboard. With our online play features, you can match up with over 10 million players from across the globe.

Ready for a fast game? Bring it on.

ChessUp’s designated clock, combined with the board’s ability to sense the pieces, allows you to play quick games like blitz and bullet, with the clock switching automatically after every move. You, just focus on playing. 

Better with the app

Connect to the ChessUp app to unlock features like online play, post game analysis, and the automatic chess clock.

  • Built in AI

    No one to play against? ChessUp’s adaptive AI makes a perfect opponent no matter your skill level.

  • Touchsense Pieces

    This is no ordinary chessboard. Simply touch a piece and watch all its available moves appear on the board.

  • Light Indicators

    Potential moves of a selected piece are highlighted in up to 3 different colors, each representing the strength of the move.

  • Play by the Book

    ChessUp tracks each move of your game and will let you know when you try to make an illegal move.

  • Play Across the Globe

    Your opponent’s moves light up on the board in real time. With Lichess integration, you’ll always find a match.

  • Skill Level Equalizer

    Choose the assistance level for yourself and your opponent, making an uneven matchup competitive.

  • Companion App

    Unlock even more advanced features through the app. Play with friends and family even if they don’t have a ChessUp.

  • ChessUp Academy

    A comprehensive chess lesson library with interactive content over-the-board, created by world-class chess talent.

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ChessUp is great for the mind at any age.

ChessUp takes the educational benefits of chess and takes them even further. That's why it is a STEM Authenticated Product.

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Don't forget to accessorize.

A stand for your phone in the perfect position during a game, a pouch to hold the pieces once you are done, and a carry bag that ties it all together. We have everything you need to go with your ChessUp - we even have checkers.

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In 2021, thousands of people believed in our vision for the future of chess and trusted us to bring it to life. We believe ChessUp will exceed all expectations from the original Kickstarter campaign. We are so excited to share ChessUp with the world!

Chess reinvented for the modern era.

ChessUp blends technology with the classic game of chess without getting in the way.

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Check out our blog.

The Director of Chess at ChessUp and Women's Grandmaster (WGM), Tatev Abrahamyan, covers all things chess in our blog.

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