Subscribe in a reader

Recent Tweets

  • 2014 Labor Day Chess Sale: Take 20% off of our prices... no exceptions or limitations! It does not... ,
  • 2014 Labor Day Chess Sale! Take 20% off of our prices... no exceptions or limitations! I... ,
  • The terror of touch move in Chess: A chess match "loophole"? Understanding Touch Move during your Chess game ,
  • The terror of touch move in Chess: A chess match "loophole"? Understanding Touch Move during your Ch... ,

Exotic Staunton Chess Sets – Part II

Exotic Staunton Chess Sets – unusual and amazing

Last time, I looked at some of the popular luxurious staunton chess pieces. Next we will take a look at some of the most exotic staunton chess sets available today. These chessmen stay within the bounds of Staunton design while having sometimes great flair and uniqueness.

What makes these Chess pieces so exotic and different and yet still Staunton?

So we’ve gone over a lot about what makes a staunton chess set staunton. This group is an extension of the luxury options and shows what carvers have done to continue to …

Read More

Luxury Staunton Chess Pieces – Part I

Luxury Staunton Chess Pieces – traditional and elegant

In the last post, I looked at some of our most popular and durable staunton chess pieces. This time around i’m going to look at some of the most popular luxury staunton chess pieces that have a traditional flair about them.

What makes these Chessmen “traditional and luxury”?

The staunton design of chess sets have been around for quite some time and have developed countless variants. All of them are considered staunton, but some are more artistic and interpretive, testing the boundaries of the Staunton design. This is neither good nor …

Read More

Staunton Chess Pieces- Durable and Displayable

Staunton Chess Pieces – options for play and display

I’ll be looking at some of the specific designs of staunton chess pieces. Because there are so many, i’ve separated them in to a couple different groupings. This post is on chess designs that are great display pieces but are very hardy and playable. These are the best options for chess men that are left out on display but are frequently used.

There are so many designs, it’s going to take some time to review them all!

What makes these Chessmen durable than others?

As I discussed in a previous …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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.

This article is …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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, …

Read More