Ripstone, the publisher & developer of the video game Chess Ultra, has partnered with us, to bring several of our bespoke, hand-painted chess sets to the virtual world.

Purling’s one-off, hand-painted Art Chess sets are widely admired, but don’t necessarily fit everyone’s budget. Through our collaboration with this cutting-edge video game, Chess Ultra, Purling London hopes to democratise these beautiful artworks and allow millions more people to experience and collect them. Together with game developer Ripstone, they have modelled the Purling chess set in stunning 4K detail and wrapped the surfaces with precisely scanned, original artwork to closely match real, physical Art Chess sets worth thousands of dollars.

We were proud to see our Chess Ultra Purling Chess sets launched at a major exhibition of our artist painted chess sets (“Painted Pieces – Art Chess by Purling London”) at World Chess Hall of Fame in April 2018.  Visitors to our solo show were able to enjoy playing against each other on our Purling chess sets in virtual reality, after having seen several of the actual sets on display!

Chess Ultra is offering chess sets by Purling artists, Olivia Pilling with her fluid, warm, painterly style; street artist Mr. Jiver with his trademark magenta paint splatter; Nette Robinson with her highly-detailed St. Basil’s
Cathedral-inspired set; and Purling’s best-selling Bold Chess set in Classic Red & Shadow Black.

Owners of this stunning Ripstone game can challenge friends, pit themselves against the computer, as well as players of Chess Ultra all over the world.

This virtual reality game offers an incredible chess playing and learning experience in multiple settings, including in a warm, peaceful, fire-lit library of a beautiful old manor, a vast Roman museum, a modern penthouse suite and even in a volcano-like “Gomorrah”, in which you play the Grim Reaper!

Chess Ultra and each of the special Purling London Chess set add ons are available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and VR.

“Chess Ultra injects the greatest strategy game of all time with a modern twist; offering the ultimate chess experience with stunning 4K visuals, Grandmaster approved AI and full VR compatibility.

With full Oculus Rift and HTC Vive support, play Chess Ultra in VR for the most breathtaking chess experience to date.  Physically reach out to make your move and focus entirely on the game at hand.”



Chess Ultra boasts the following features:

  • 10 Grandmaster-approved AI levels
  • Intuitive, overhauled local and online multiplayer with ELO ranking system
  • Comprehensive time controls, including Classical, Blitz and Marathon, available online
  • Export portable game notation (PGN) for every game, locally and online
  • Full Twitch integration invites you to play against your community on PC
  • In-depth tutorials to help improve your game

Four of our chess sets will be available on Chess Ultra. Click on the icons to see more and to purchase.

Chess Ultra X Purling London Bold Chess

Chess Ultra X Purling London Olivia Pilling Art Chess

Chess Ultra X Purling London Mr. Jiver Art Chess

Chess Ultra X Purling London Nette Robinson Art Chess