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Checkmate! LEGO and chess: where two unlikely returnees came together

This #ThrowbackThursday article has been contributed by WoutA:

The recent pandemic and a television series relaunched a hundreds-of-years-old board game back into popularity. Once people made fun of you when you admitted to playing it, today it’s cool to pull out a chess board and get the pieces ready to wage war.

The same seems to be true of our favourite construction toy. The earliest idea books had sections for adult builders and the term AFOL was first coined online in 1995. But really, until fairly recently, people over 18 years old who were still playing with LEGO were frowned upon. Nowadays, though, what could be cooler than building with bricks?

The marriage of these two creative pastimes started virtually and, as of today, has yielded fewer than ten official releases. Let’s dive into the history of LEGO chess sets.

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