Great responses guys and thank you for the information! I will take a look at HOS and see if they have some offerings on eBay. I was looking at one set in particular because I like the dark “white side” vs the ebony side. I am not sure if I am supposed to be posting a link like this here but it was this set. Is this good quality you think?
Clockwise from top left: Savano Series Artisan Chess Pieces, $1,195, houseofstaunton.com; Calvert Faux Ivory Chess Set and Board, $249, houseofstaunton.com; Rosewood Camelot Chess Men, $162, chessngames.com; Large Staunton Metal Men, $333, chessngames.com PHOTO: MARKO METZINGER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
In Katwe, Uganda, two children sit restlessly on a bench, watching their peers play a game of football. Their coach, Robert Katende, spots their reticence, and offers them an alternative. “There is another game you can play.” he suggests. He refers to a board-game – chess. At first, the boys scoff at the suggestion – they’re not interested. That is until Katende describes an anecdote in which he defeated his more privileged peers at university.
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Collectable Chess Sets have been distinguished by both design and materials – namely fine dense hardwoods such as ebony, rosewood and red sandalwood. Some of these hardwoods are restricted from export by countries that have chosen to preserve their limited supplies. Exotic woods such as ebony can take up to 100 years for the tree to reach full maturation. The government of Brazil has placed a ban on the export of their rosewood stock. This wood was previously used in the crafting of musical instruments – renowned both for its aesthetically pleasing finish and its resonant tonal qualities..The government of India has restricted the export of all raw ebony and rosewood. The export of such finished products is allowed, but there may soon come a day that an outright ban is imposed. As a result of restricted supply, the world’s premier crafters of wooden chess pieces have stocked many years supply of these exotic woods. It is reasonable to conclude that an investment in a chess set crafted of fine woods is an excellent decision.
To calculate the best chess board size for your chess set, you need to know the size of the base of the king. Multiply the size of base of king by 4/3 to get the minimum square size of the board. For example, a set with 2″ king base will next 2 x 4/3 = 2.66″ square sized board. We offer these chess board in different sizes starting from 17 inches upto 23 inches.
Th century. While this was sold to me as being an Italian chess set, it looks French to me. That being said, the knights are a little different than typical French knights in that they are nicer with …
Board is 15.5″ X 15.5″. From beginners to established players, this travel chess set is an ideal gift for all! No worrying about lost or missing pieces (or listening to pieces rattling around). Foldin…
Did you know that the House of Staunton has the largest selection of wood chess pieces in the world? It’s true! Why settle for less when you can own the best – a set of high quality wood chess pieces from the legendary House of Staunton!
We recently added two new styles of chess board to our huge range. The first is a very high quality black anegre and maple board that has been finished in a stunning gloss lacquer. These boards are available in sizes from around eighteen inches up to over twenty three inches. The second is a brand new design of chess board and is exclusive to The Regency Chess Company. It features black anegre squares and a rich brown palisander border. Like the black boards this is finished in a gloss lacquer and available in four different sizes. Both boards feature fine inlaid veneers and have been manufactured in Europe to a very high standard of precision and quality.
Whether you’re looking for an affordable wood chess board to use with your children or a luxury wood chess board to decorate your house, The House of Staunton is your source for the finest Wooden Chess Boards in the world. With wood chess boards ranging from $39 to $5,000, we truly a wood chess board for everyone!
During the first half of the 19th century, a surge in the global popularity of chess brought about the demand for a uniform model of chess pieces. While the variety and styles of chess pieces that were in use at the time were extensive, they were decorative in nature and considered unsuitable for play. It is important to remember that chess has historically been enjoyed by the wealthy, a fact that is reflected in the artistic designs of chess sets that dominated the marketplace. While aesthetically beautiful, the chess pieces of the period were not very practical. The chess pieces were expensive to produce, cumbersome to use, prone to tipping over and had such ornate details that they were unable to withstand the wear and tear of regular use. However the greatest disadvantage of these chess sets was the lack of uniformity of the pieces within a chess set – a player’s unfamiliarity with a particular chess set could affect the outcome of the game. Complaints such as these led to the search for a standard design of chess pieces. On September 1, 1849, #58607 – An Ornamental Design for a Set of Chess-Men was registered by Mr. Nathaniel Cooke under the British Ornamental Designs Act of 1842.
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Whether you’re looking for plastic chess pieces for the chess club, or luxurious wood chess pieces for your library, we invite you to browse the House of Staunton’s incredible selection. No matter what type of chess pieces you’re looking for, you’ll find them at the House of Staunton.
If you decide to go with a wooden board, chess pro Mr. Dlugy advised purchasing the flat as opposed to the fold-up style. “Solid boards are simply more stationary,” he said. Mr. Seirawan agreed: “A flat board is much preferred as the fold is distracting.”