Subscribe in a reader

Recent Tweets

  • Today, September 30th, 2014, a great thing has happened. A single Chess Computer has resurfaced on the scene. The... ,
  • In this position, taken from a Josh Waitzkin game, Black has just played 25...Nxd1. White follows up with an... ,
  • Some new board games are going up on the website today. If you're a fan of Dr. Who or The Walking Dead, you're in luck!,
  • The solution to today's puzzle is Ra8+! Black must play Bc8. Kc7 loses the rook on F8. So after Bc8, White plays... ,

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 …

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

Decorative Chess Sets – Traditional and Theme

Decorative Chess Sets

One of the great things about chess is how they fit in to many different categories. Is it a classic board game? Absolutely. But often chess is also a work of art. While some people might want a painting on their wall, others enjoy the beauty of a decorative chess set instead. I’ve noticed a sizable percentage of folks who come in to the store do not play chess at all, and instead just enjoy the museum like experience at looking at all these unique and unusual chessmen in one place. Indeed, you may be surprised …

Read More