Rather than having to put away your pieces into a separate bag and rolling up the board, this adjustment allows a frequent chess player to simply fold the board into its own bag. All the chess pieces on the board will already be inside the bag and ready to go.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
-20 by 20 inch vinyl chess board (or any other large, soft board)
-two shoelaces (third optional)
-two rope cord locks
-scissors or knife
Step 2: Marking the Holes
Mark 2 spots on each numbered edge. They should be 0.5 inches away from the numbered edge, and 4.25 inches away from the lettered edge. Repeat, but now it is 7.75 inches away from the lettered edge.
Step 3: Cutting Holes and Putting Lace Through
Cut a hole with diameter of about 0.25 inches at each marked spot. Put the lace through the 4 holes on each side.
Step 4: Closing Off Loop
Put the rope stoppers onto the ends of the laces and pull them down. Pulling them all the way down and tightening the rope should close off the sides of the board. Attach the loose ends together for each lace to make it into a handle. using tape
Step 5: Support Strand (optional)
If the bag is held upright, it should already hold. For some added support, an addition can be made. A hole is cut in the center of each letter side. The shoelace is put through the holes, and knots are made on each side so it doesn't slide back out. Holding this helps keep the bag upright.
Step 6: End Result
The resulting bag, although not closed off on the top, is functional and allows one to carry their chess board and pieces without needing to put them away after a game.
Here is a photo of the final product with the pieces inside and a short video I made for this.