About Us

Hello! Thanks for your interest in MasterPiece Chess!

A little bit about myself - my name is DJ Trasatti. I love games and gaming of all kinds! My wife and I live in Baltimore, Maryland with 7 cats and 1 dog. We are both very active in supporting animal rescue. 

I've always been intrigued and attracted to chess since I learned the game when I was 9 years old. Over the years I went through phases of loving the game, hating the game, or simply forgetting that chess was even there. My struggles with staying interested in the game mostly centered around becoming bored with playing primarily in front of a computer screen or on an iphone or ipad. 

The internet has enabled chess players to play anywhere anytime using a variety of devices at the expense of the physical aspect of the game. Although players can play a human opponent anytime they like, for the casual player, chess has largely become impersonal and intangible. 

In 2012, I came up with an idea for a set of pieces that could interact with touch tablets. After a lot of experimenting, I finally figured out how to bring the idea to life in a way that would keep the pieces familiar to chess players in look and feel.  The ultimate vision for MasterPiece Chess is a product that will bridge the gap between the physical over-the-board chess experience with the modern digital online experience.

Using your favorite chess apps MasterPiece Chess will enhance your digital chess experience with real pieces.

We hope you are just as excited by this new product as we are!