Considering how hard it is to find decent chess boards these days, I cautiously recommend this board as long as you don’t pay too much for it. It is manufactured by a toy company and you should estimate its value with that in mind.
Our research has lead us to conclude that the basis for this new design of chess pieces was the Northern Upright Chess set. Complaints about the contemporary designs of chess pieces were well established in chess circles. By starting with an extremely popular yet highly artistic chess set, Mr. Cooke was able to focus his energies solely on correcting those deficiencies. The ornate features that were most susceptible to damage were removed, resulting in a chess set that was durable and less expensive to produce. The diameter of the bases was widened for increased stability and the chess pieces were weighted with lead to minimize tip over. Before the commercial launch of these new chess pieces, Mr. Cooke convinced Howard Staunton to lend his prestigious name to the new design. Mr. Staunton was England’s most celebrated Chess personality and the unofficial World Champion. The Staunton Pattern Chessmen, as they were officially known, became commercially available on September 29, 1849 and quickly became the world standard of chess pieces. Their lower production cost brought chess to the masses and did much to popularize the game.
Essentially the chessboard is the same as the board used to play English draughts or American checkers, although the in play the chessboard is laid in a different orientation from draughts in that the board is placed between the opposing players with a white square in the bottom right hand corner.
The House of Staunton has more chess DVDs and chess eDVDs available than another on the Internet. We have the complete line of chess DVDs from Empire Chess, Chess Lecture Foxy Openings, Roman’s Lab, Killer Chess, Chess for Anyone, Susan Polgar, Dr. Danny Kopec and Chess King. We will not be beat when it comes to chess DVDs!
Its clean, simple design has never been equaled – the Staunton Pattern chess set looks as modern today as it did upon its introduction more than 150 years ago. The House of Staunton is proud to carry on this tradition by producing the finest Staunton Pattern Chess Pieces and Chess Sets.
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We have been ordering Dubrovnik pieces as prizes for our annual tournament for about 4 years. They are highly regarded and attract many well rated players to the tournament. The sheesham and boxwood pieces are authentic to the Bobby Fischer set, are well balanced and weighted and durable.
We have been purchasing this storage box for tournament chess peices as prizes for otu annual tournament. Not only is this an elegant storage system it is suitable for adding engraved plates with the tournament sponsors name. Chess Bazaar provides desirable pieces at an affordable price.
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We have a continually expanding selection of school chess sets, travel chess sets, budget chess sets, mid range chess sets and high quality luxury sets. Our items are imported from around the world and we bring them to your here in Canada well as to many customers in the United States.