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Storage Chess Sets – Opinions and Options

Storage Chess Sets for use and display

There are an amazing assortment of different styles of chess boards and chess pieces, and everyone is looking for something just a little bit different. One popular type that brings many questions – and perhaps consternation – are storage chess sets. These sets are an all inclusive package where the chessmen have a built in option to put them away when not in use. Some of these take the form of portable chess boards that fold up, but many others are large chessboards with a storage drawer built in.

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Father’s Day Sale – Chess Sets and More at ChessUSA

Did you put off your father’s day shopping till the last minute?

ChessUSA Father’s Day Sale

If you’re still looking for a gift, consider getting your Dad one of our hundreds of chess sets or perhaps one of our many board games. We’ll give you 15% off any purchase!

Just enter “FATHERSDAY2013” during checkout, or mention it at our retail store*.

We have an absolutely huge selection of chess sets, but we also have a variety of other dad-friendly games including backgammon, poker supplies, strategy and war board games, and a host of other fun and traditional games. It …

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Discounts on Chess Camp in Brooklyn

If you’re interested in chess camp, or chess after-school activities – this is for you!

One of the things we would most like to improve on in our chess store is the social aspect of chess & games. I would absolutely love to have an area for people to play chess, demo unique and exciting board games as an opportunity to try-before-you-buy, or even have a place for a chess club or gaming club to meet.

Hopefully one day we will expand in that direction. For now we’re just packed to the brim with inventory, we just do not have …

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Custom Chess Sets – Finding the perfect match

Custom Chess Sets

The last post we made was about wooden chess sets, and in that post I talked a lot about how while there were some pre-made options, most were actually custom chess sets where you select a chessboard and chess pieces separately.

That can be a somewhat complicated process, so this post is dedicated more in the process of combining the right pieces and board in order to make the chess set that is perfect for you. While I will focus heavily on the Staunton design, I will also explain a little about the figurine and theme …

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Wooden Chess Set – Options and Styles

Wooden Chess Sets

When it comes down to it, most of the time when we think of really nice chess pieces we are thinking of a wooden chess set. It makes sense – this has been the gold standard for high quality chessmen for over a hundred years. Not only are wooden chess pieces hand carved, they are often well weighted by metal in their bases. The chessboard options are usually high quality veneers or inlays, and together they make a set that looks fantastic.

These are not just for chess players. These sets look absolutely fantastic as home decor, …

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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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