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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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Chess Lesson (November 13th, 2013)

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Chess Lesson with FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos

The World Chess Championship started this past Saturday, November 9, and it is the most eagerly awaited title match in many years. The challenger, 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen of Norway, has captured the imagination of the chess public in a way that no one has since perhaps the young Garry Kasparov, or maybe going even further back to the phenomenon that was Bobby Fischer. Carlsen’s charisma doesn’t come from the kind of dynamic, outspoken personality evidenced by Kasparov or Fischer, and his …

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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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New Chess Sets and some old favorites

New Arrivals at our Chess Store and Holiday Restock

The holidays are fast approaching and that means it is the time of year where we get in our major restocks for most of our chess sets. It also means it’s the time of year we get a whole bunch of new items! Without further ado, here are a few new chess sets that are sure to impress!

Deluxe Luxury Brass Chess Set

Our new brass staunton chess set – amazing, ultraweight pieces that fit well on our imported greek metal chess board!

Pretty impressive, right? This tournament sized brass …

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Stone Chess Sets: Marble, Onyx, and More

Stone Chess Pieces and Sets, Options and Considerations

A lot of focus is put in to wood chess pieces because they are the most traditional. However, there are many other alternate forms of chessmen. In this blog post i’ll be looking at stone chess pieces and sets. While these sets can be fragile, they are also absolutely fantastic display pieces that can add a great bit of character and flair to any furniture display. Stone chess sets are a favorite of collectors and laymen alike as a great option for a nice, luxurious item that is a little different.

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Mahogany Chess Boards

Real Wood Veneer and Inlaid Chess Boards

Now that I’ve looked at both traditional chess pieces and unique boards, I wanted to review the more classic and traditional chessboards available, specifically focusing on wooden boards such as walnut, teak, macassar, wengue, and mahogany chess boards.

While some chess sets will have a board included, when you’re looking at the nicer, hand carved pieces you’re more likely going to have to choose the right board on your own. That’s where this article comes in. I’ve already posted a little bit about sizing, so this time i’m going to discuss the options …

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Unique Chess Boards: Wooden, Marble, Electronic, Glass, Vertical

Unique Chess Boards – For Tournaments or Luxury

You can’t have a great chess set without having a great board, so I wanted to review some of the more unique chess boards I’ve encountered.

You might think the board is the simple part. It can be, depending upon what you’re looking for in your set. As long as you know the right square size for your pieces, you can certainly get a perfectly adequate chess board. If you’re looking for something a little more unique? well, then things get a little more complicated. Are you looking for a wooden …

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