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Chess at Toyfair 2014

The New York Toyfair – February 2014.

Chess and the Toy Fair (2014)

Early this month was the annual Toyfair at the Jacob Javits center in New York. I go to the toyfair each year and it is a great time to see what is new from various manufacturers and distributors, as well as interesting new ideas as they are developed.

Of course, the toy fair is about a whole lot more than chess, and i’m allowed to take a peek at all that too. I can see literally thousands of new toys from suppliers big and small. It’s …

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Your Move Chess & Games in the News

Our chess store was in the news, and other cool things!

It’s been a busy month here at Your Move Chess & Games. We’ve been slowly cleaning up and recovering from the holiday madness, and it brings us to a time of reflection of where we are, what our plans are, and how we can make things different (and hopefully better).

The process was interrupted a little bit when there was a request from a local newspaper, The Massapequa Observer, came to do a little piece on our chess store.

We’ve actually been in the news several times …

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Chess Puzzle Answer (October, 2013)

Chess Tip and Chess Puzzle Answer Discussion with Dennis Monokroussos

In our first post we came across this position, from a chess game I played back in 1999.

Monokroussos, Dennis – Barcarola, Lou, US Amat. Team East 1999

Queen endings can be challenging to win, but that’s usually when a player is only one pawn up. Here my opponent is three pawns up, with a chance to go up by four. My last move was 53.b3-b4; should he take it? Having had a few days to think about it, I hope you all saw that the answer …

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Chess Puzzle of the week: October 23

Chess Puzzle with FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos

I’m happy to serve you on behalf of ChessUSA, and would like to say a little about myself and about how I will contribute to this blog. First, I’m a FIDE Master, but most of my chess activity the past 16 years has been teaching the game, whether through individual lessons, working with kids in schools, or by recording videos over the internet. I’ve also run The Chess Mind blog since 2005, but now let me speak about how I will contribute to this blog.

The plan is for me to post twice …

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Staunton Chess Sets – The Selection

Choosing the right Staunton Chess Pieces

Of all of the types of chess pieces, the most popular is the most famous – Staunton Chess Sets. Another post goes in to detail about the origin of that design. This entry is more about some of the different types of staunton chess piece designs you can find, and what makes them different and unique.

We have over 150 different styles of Staunton Chess Sets

Features of Staunton Chess Pieces

There are three main considerations when picking out a staunton chess set. Size, Wood type, and Design. This post is going to …

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Glass Chess Sets: Then and Now

Glass Chess Sets

The number of different chess pieces and chess boards is staggering. Not only are there hundreds of designs and styles, there are also many different broad categories of chess piece sets each filling their own niche. Be it from glass chess sets to marble chessmen, these categories of chess products have had their popularity wax and wane over the years.

I’d like to take a little look at some of the popular chess design styles. Today i’ll focus on glass chess sets.

The popularity of Glass Chess Pieces

Glass has been a popular choice for …

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Antique Chess Sets – A primer on identification and value

Antique Chess Sets

There are not a whole lot of brick and mortar chess stores out there, so I realize we fill a very particular niche in the chess world. Because of that, we get a lot of requests for things we do not normally handle. Probably the most common? Questions about antique chess sets. How much are they worth? What are they made of? Sometimes just a search to find out a little more about a chess piece set that has been passed down in the family.

While answers are often extremely hard to come by, I thought …

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