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Make Your Move
2015 CHESS SET VISUAL DESIGN COMPETITION

OVERVIEW

Chess is the great, great, great grandpa of fun, brain-building games. Humans have been playing chess to improve their critical thinking skills for more than 1,500 years.

To celebrate this masterpiece game, we’ve decided to give chess a modern makeover. Welcome to Make your Move: The Marbles Chess Set Design Competition! Help us create a work of art as brainy and beautiful as the ancient game of chess by re-designing the six iconic playing pieces: Pawn, Castle, Knight, Bishop, Queen and King.


THE CHALLENGE

Your chess set design submission needs to have:

  1. Six unique designs, one for each of the six chess pieces, clearly labeled as such: Pawn, Knight, Bishop, Castle, Queen and King.
  2. This is NOT a redesign of chess as a game. Any submissions including rules, mechanics or alternative ways to play the game of chess will be disqualified.

Please read the guidelines in this Overview and download and read the Official Rules here.  You must agree to accept these rules or your entry will be refused.

 

Questions? Contact contest@marblesbrainworkshop.com

 

CONTEST PERIOD

Entries Must Be Received by: March 13th, 2015, 11:00p.m. North American Central Standard Time.


HOW TO ENTER

  1. Download the submission PDF, follow the instructions
  2. Click to complete the entry form which will include designs and photos of your chess pieces and your signed acknowledgement of the rules.

Your submission will not be accepted until all requirements are met, including your acceptance of the Official Rules.

 

WHY ENTER? WELL, ASIDE FROM EXERCISING THE RIGHT SIDE OF YOUR BRAIN, YOU COULD WIN THESE AWESOME PRIZES!

  • A check for two thousand dollars and no cents ($2,000.00) USD
  • Your game produced at Marbles’ expense
  • Your game sold at all of Marbles’ retail locations and web store
  • Your name on the box!


ELIGIBILITY & SCOPE

You are eligible to enter if:

  • You are over 18 years of age or the age of majority in your jurisdiction of residence;
  • You are eligible to enter based on U.S. law;
  • You are not a resident of a country under U.S. embargo, including Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria;
  • See Official Rules for additional requirements and restrictions.

You may enter designs that are:

  • Your original work;
  • Previously not winners of an honor or award in any competition;
  • Are not currently in production with another retailer or ecommerce portal
See Official Rules for additional requirements and restrictions.  You must write your entry in understandable English.

For legal reasons, we need a person who is 18 years or older to enter the Chess Design Competition. Persons under the age of 18 cannot legally agree to the contract terms. 

However, we hope that does not prevent contestants who are 18 years or younger from entering the competition! A parent, older sibling, guardian or other adult relative can enter the minor's design on their behalf. 


ENTRY MATERIALS

Please be careful to read the Entry Submission Form before you start, so that you fully understand the kinds of materials you will need to submit. Only enter each design once. Do not send in duplicate entries.

 

The Entry Submission Form will ask to see the following visuals about your design:

  • A maximum of seven (7) JPEGs, in high resolution that illustrate how each chess piece looks
  • You MUST include a design for each of the six chess pieces, clearly labeled as such: pawn, knight, castle, bishop, king and queen

 

Note: You MAY NOT include your name or company name on your visuals.  Doing so will disqualify you.

 

OWNERSHIP

Marbles will retain ownership of the winning design. Keep in mind that this is a public competition, so Marbles cannot control who sees your entry.

 

ENTRY CAUTIONS

  • This is a blind competition. If you identify yourself in your visuals or answers, your entry will be disqualified.
  • You may enter as many designs as you like, but each entry must be distinct and original and not merely reflect a minor change, such as a different material or color.
  • There are no extensions, so you must submit your design no later than 11:00 p.m. North American Central Standard Time on Friday, March 13th, 2015. You may want to visit www.timeanddate.com to confirm what time that is where you are located.

 

NOTIFICATION & ANNOUNCEMENT

The winner will be notified and asked to respond with all of the information and documents specified, in order to be confirmed as a winner as set forth in the Official Rules. If so notified, you will have a limited time to respond. If you do not fully respond within that time, another potential winner will be selected.

 

IN CONCLUSION

Your submission of an entry evidences your acceptance of the Competition's Official Rules, so please read them carefully.  There are additional requirements and conditions discussed in the Official Rules that are not included in this Overview.

 

QUESTIONS?

Write to us at contest@marblesbrainworkshop.com

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