22 Through the Looking Glass Chess Game

Through the Looking Glass Chess Game

Posted on March 31, 2010 by


The famous sequel of the not less famous “Alice in Wonderland” called “Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There” by Lewis Carroll has a very detailed description of a chess game with unique pieces which are rather to be called separate characters. One Ukrainian ivorycutting master was inspired to create a special table and a set of chess pieces for this particular game by his daughter’s interest to Carroll’s tales.

This curious and indisputable very talented guy is design engineer of nonstandard equipment by his background so the first thing he decided to create was a unique mechanism of opening of the table and appearance of the board itself. It was decided that this should be driven solely by mechanical power with no electric motors. The mechanism appeared to be extremely out of date but still hand-made with the same carefulness as the unique chess pieces. The stunning impression is caused with a 40-second show starting when you turn a flamingo-head-shaped handle. First of all beautiful woodcurved hatch is slowly opened and then a plate-glass board with chessmen comes up. After the game is finished all the stuff moves inversely.



After woodcutting works are finished on it, the table will be decorated with exclusive jewelry.


The main concept of the game played on this unique chessboard was decided to be at variance with plot of the Carroll’s books – the whites are the characters of the “Through the Looking Glass” and the blacks are from the “Wonderland”. But really there’s no any confrontation between the characters of these two books. What were copied from the original editions of the Alice’s adventures are the great illustrations by John Tanniel which became a classic. They were decided to be used as a template for ivory pieces for them to be easily recognizable.


So here are the white pieces. White king – Lewis Carroll himself, sitting on a chair made of water and writing down Alice’s adventures in his famous notebook.


White queen – Alice, sitting in a chair-tree created by the writer’s imagination. She’s trying on a queen’s crown.


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22 Responses to “Through the Looking Glass Chess Game”

  1. SSSR says:

    Wow interesting!

  2. Kilroy Was Here says:

    Very unique – great job…

  3. Macsen says:

    Dam that’s cool! I would love a set like that. of course it would be nice to have at least one person in my area willing to play me. Unfortunately, everyone I know of around here, in Flatass Prairie, Alberta, Canada, who play chess won’t play me any more (they’re not very good at it).

  4. Polska says:

    Beautiful carvings! This is the work of a true craftsman! This set could make this man very rich!

  5. Mikey says:


    Any chance you can show us some links to the rest of the pieces?

  6. SEEKER says:

    Brilliant artist – nice job !

  7. Dovanov says:


  8. JerryBarada says:

    WOW! That is AZAMING!! I mean, AMAZING!! I’m so astonished, I can’t even type!

  9. Billy says:

    So this is what Saddam is doing these days.

  10. Frank Carco says:

    snappy little title, LOL

  11. Chumbulina says:

    Most Frabjous!

  12. Nataly says:

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  13. Musa says:

    That’s an Excellent Post! :)

  14. So what is the artist’s name?

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  16. Yuri says:

    unique work. is this only my impression that there is so much “soul” in Russia. everything i see on that ER blog is filled with true emotions and soul – compare this to our western plastic world. i hope they will never become like that.

  17. Josie says:

    Absolutely fantastic. I admire this man’s talent!

  18. My friend recommended this blog I’ve currently studying chess really hard these days.

  19. Era Specht says:

    I think one of the best sets is the lord of the rings set

  20. Excellent ghoulish posting … incredibly fitting with the season and impressivly damn exciting. many for sharing!Have a good morning, Brown

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