I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could recommend an anime or manga with chess as the central theme. I'm looking for chess rather mahjong or other board/card type games. So please no Hikaru no Go, Saki, etc.
I don't believe it exists. There's stuff like Umineko or Geass (lol) which has it as kind of a running background theme or quickly references it, but we've had this thread before and IIRC an anime or manga actually centered around chess was not discovered.
Jaapsneep said: Hikaru no Go is the closest you'll get. Code Geass has exactly three games of chess in it, and they all sucked. Hell, in one of them one of the players even cheated!
I was all WHAT THE FUCK DOES NOT COMPLY
As said before, there are no anime focusing on chess however if you like gambling / games I'd suggest:
One Outs (Baseball)
Hikaru no Go (Go) Shion no Ou (Shougi) I think you will certainly like Shion no Ou, so give it a try.
In ep 16 of Kuroshitsuji, Ciel bets his butler on a chess match. The rules of chess aren't respected any more than in Code Geass although at least the cheating is intentional. It's also understandable that Ciel's opponent would forget that the objective is to checkmate, not kill, the king.
Hikaru no Go looks alright, but it has 75 episodes and I'm currently too busy to spend a lot of time on a long series. The others mentioned look good also, though I think I'll go with Shion no Ou. Thanks for the rec's.
I don't think there is one. It's mostly only Anime based in England that features Chess, not that it really helps by me saying that, nevermind. The Anime that I can think of that features chess are Kuroshitsuji, and Code geass.