P.G. from OR writes, “The set arrived today, and words fail to describe how gorgeous it looks. You’ve done something that I’ve always wanted to do: take an object I care about, and raise the world standard for functionality and aesthetics. Well done.”
R.G. from Alaska writes, “I have just received my order of Professional Series chess pieces. I must say that they are gorgeous! I felt I was treated as if one of the family in the way the order was taken and delivered. a very happy customer!”
Hunched over the table, brows furrowed, timer ticking, two fervently calculating minds compete over a handsome, hand-made chess set that befits the Game of Kings. Chess boards can be as designed with as much care and scrutiny as a strategy for the game itself or it can adhere to standard, traditional shapes and styles. With over a millennium of gameplay to learn from and reflect upon, even a vintage or antique chess set represents but a drop in the ocean of thought and competition spanning the game’s impressive historical longevity. The wide inventory on eBay is home to chess sets for every occasion including: tournament style, travel-size, gorgeous decorative sets, novelty, and more. Shoppers can choose from hand-carved exotic wood or lightweight plastic Staunton designs. Shoppers should also bear in mind that a tournament chess set is relatively large, as tournament rules dictate the board must have 2.25-inch squares and a king that is approximately four inches tall. A slightly smaller set may be less reminiscent of the boards over which Garry Kasparov vanquished opponent after opponent in numerous world championships, but it may better fit your coffee table.
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 have a wood chess board for everyone!
Heat things up with our fiery red chess boards! Our grey and red Briar board includes dramatic texture that appears almost liquid as it winds through each deep red and dark grey square. Our glossy black and red version includes a similar fluid texture complemented by the stark contrast of intense red on solid black.
The fact is that many of our customers prefer their sets for display rather than to be use in games. Like a fine musical instrument, a vintage luxury automobile, or a first edition classic book, the luxury chess set is to be admired. Plenty of Regency Chess sets have been purchased by individuals who only have a rudimentary understanding of the game, if any at all. In fact, these are our typical customer for luxury sets – those who wish to see the set as a design accessory or a conversation piece. When you see our finely crafted pieces of fine hardwoods it is quite simple to understand why they are strictly on display. In particular, the expertise with which the knights are designed, hand carved, and finished make them the hallmark pieces in the set. As you can see, we also sell a larger version of the knights to be used as fine paperweights – that look especially classy on a fine wooden executive desk. Whether it be with a fine glass of port, your favourite cigar, or in the company of a connoisseur, we implore you to play a game or two on these luxurious heirloom sets – as life is simply too short to deny oneself such a luxury!
If you are looking for the most amazing chess set you have ever played with, look no further. The craftmenship of the pieces, the board and the case is outstanding! I looked very carefully for a unique carved wooden set and realized the carving of the knight was what separated a superior set from an average set. The carving of the knight in this set is outstanding, the best I could find. Get the lacquer finish to avoid problems with the wood. Ordering was easy and the shipping of well packaged pieces from India to Canada was about 5 days, and it was fun to track the shipment. Chessbazaar is highly recommended.
S.L. from CA writes, “The 4″Collector chess set that arrived at our home in Davis, CA is incomparable! My son & I joyfully unwrapped the boxwood & ebony pieces & admired their graceful beauty, pawn by pawn, piece by piece.”
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.
We live in a culture of apps. Without apps, our smartphones, albeit powerful devices, would be stripped to the bare minimum. Even texting is an application! The ability to utilise third-party software on your phone is what makes it an extraordinary utility. Once, you were limited to the applications your phone provided, but not anymore; now, we have the luxury of choice, an essential component to customer experience So, whilst it’s certainly true to say we live in a “culture of apps”, it might be more appropriate, and accurate, to say we live in the ‘age of customisation’.
Looking for a new chess clock? The House of Staunton has the widest selection of chess clocks on the Internet. We proud feature all major brands of digital and mechanical chess clocks, in stock and ready to ship at the lowest prices!
Your board should have AT LEAST 2 1/8″ squares for this set, though, or it will appear crowded. For 2″ squares, consider a 3 3/4″ King, you won’t notice the difference in play but it will fit better on the board.
(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton is the manufacturer of the world’s finest luxury chess sets. We invite you to browse our vast luxury chess set offerings and see for yourself why we are the preeminent luxury chess set manufacturer in the world. Why settle for less?