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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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Chess Sets from around the World (Part 1: England, Spain)

I had some great feedback on my post on Chess Sets made in America, and even found a few new manufacturers that offer unique and unusual chess items – so I might very well need to update that post in the future!

In the meantime, since I wrote about chess sets here in the States, I thought it would be worth writing a little bit about where the chess sets we do have come from. Here’s a quick hint: Not all of them come from China!

This week’s question: Where do Chess Sets come from / Are certain chess sets …

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