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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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Metal Chess Pieces – Pewter, Brass, and more

Metal Chess Pieces:

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, be it metal chess pieces or chessmen manufactured from stone, plastic, or resin. One of the most popular alternatives to wood is metal. If you are looking to buy a metal chess set, this post is going to show some of the fantastic styles of metal chess piece sets in all their forms.

Of course, there is more than one type of metal. The two most important, and commonly seen in …

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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 …

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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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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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Staunton Chess Pieces – A brief review of traditional chess piece design

The Staunton Design – Tradition Chess Pieces

One question that comes up a lot in both the chess store and the emails we receive at our website is about the term ‘Staunton’. Chess players may know Howard Staunton as a top British chess player in the 19th century, and all know the staunton design for chess sets. However, when you are looking for a gift for a friend or loved one, and they ask for a “Staunton Chess Set” confusion can reign!

The reality is, it is not just professional chess players that are familiar with Staunton style chess …

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Chess Sets from around the World (Part 2: Italy, Greece)

Now that we’ve looked a little bit at Western Europe in the first part of my blog series on chess sets from around the world, let’s take a look at some of the Mediterranean countries and what their chess set offerings are. Today, we’ll be look at chess products from Italy and Greece.

Italy

Metal Renaissance Chess Pieces from Italy

Italy has a wide selection of metal, brass and alabaster chess sets. There are a number of top Italian manufacturers such as Italfama and Chellini. Italfama has literally hundreds of chess sets from metal or brass chess …

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