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    The Internet's Largest Selection of Chess Sets and Chess Boards

    Luxury Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) The House of Staunton produces the finest luxury chess sets in the world, with prices starting at $395 and handcrafted from such luxurious materials as Genuine Ebony, Blood Rosewood, and 40,000 year-old Wooly Mammoth Ivory.

    Wood Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) The House of Staunton Wood chess sets are affordable, yet exceptionally well-crafted. Starting at only $59.00, our wood chess sets are handcrafted out of such exquisite woods as Genuine Ebony, Blood Rosewood, Rosewood and Golden Rosewood.

    Wood Chess Sets

    (With Board and Box) The House of Staunton wood chess sets are the easy way to buy a Wood Chess Sets, complete with a Chess Board and a Chess Box. No more worrying about wood color combinations or correct square sizes - let us take the guesswork out of purchasing!

    Themed Chess Sets

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    For more than 40 years, Studio Anne Carlton has proudly produced the highest quality themed chess sets, including the Isle of Lewis Chess Set, American Revolutionary War Chess Set, Robin Hood Chess Set and Winnie the Pooh Chess Set.

    Bone Chess Sets

    The House of Staunton is proud to offer artisan Chess sets crafted from bone and other materials, in both exotic and historic styles and patterns.

    Plastic Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) Did you know that the House of Staunton has the internet's largest selection of plastic chess sets? It's true! All House of Staunton plastic chess sets are of the highest quality and exceed all USCF/FIDE tournament requirements. Why settle for less?

    Luxury Wooden Chess Boards

    The House of Staunton is proud to offer the world's finest Luxury Wooden Chess Boards. Handcrafted in the United States by our master craftsmen, our Luxury Wooden Chess Boards adhere to the highest quality standards and are truly masterful.

    Wooden Chess Boards

    Crafted from exotic woods, including Striped Ebony, Greenwood, Walnut, Maple, Elm Burl, Rosewood and Mahogany, The House of Staunton Wood Chess Boards are the perfect combination of functionality and affordability,. Prices Starting at $39.00.

    Chess Boards

    Whether you're looking to purchase inexpensive vinyl Chess Boards for your local chess club or a beautiful Wooden Chess Board to give as a gift to that special Chess player in your life, The House of Staunton has the right Chess Board for you!

    Chess Clocks

    Looking for a new Chess Clock but unsure about which Chess Clock is right for you? Our trained chess specialists are just a mouse click / phone call away! All of our chess specialists are well trained in the area of chess clocks and they'll help you find the chess clock that is perfect for you and your specific chess needs.

    Chess Bags

    The House of Staunton makes it easy to take your chess gear on the go with our wide selection of Chess Bags. We have the highest quality and widest selection of Tournament Chess Bags, Club Chess Bags and even Chess Board Carrying Bags, all of which will withstand years of use and abuse!

    Club Chess Sets

    The House of Staunton Club Chess Sets are designed with the scholastic chess player in mind. Each Club Chess set comes with a set of chess pieces, chess board and chess bag, making them perfect for children. With significant bulk discounts also available, they are great for schools and chess clubs!

    Chess Books

    The House of Staunton is the world's largest specialty retailer of Chess Books and Chess Magazines. We have nearly 2,000 Chess Books in stock and ready to ship, including hundreds of rare and out-of-print Chess Books that aren't available anywhere else!

    Chess Software

    The House of Staunton proudly offers Chess Software from all of your favorite publishers, including ChessBase, Convekta, Chess King and More! You won't find a better selection anywhere, all in stock and ready to ship the same day!

    Chess DVDs & Videos

    The House of Staunton has more Chess DVDs available for sale than anyone else! We have the complete line of Chess DVDs from Foxy Openings, Roman's Lab, Killer Chess, Chess for Anyone,Susan Polgar, Dr. Danny Kopec and Chess King.

     

    The History of the Staunton Pattern Chess Pieces

    During the first half of the 19th century, a surge in the global popularity of chess brought about the demand for a uniform model of chess pieces. While the variety and styles of chess pieces that were in use at the time were extensive, they were decorative in nature and considered unsuitable for play. It is important to remember that chess has historically been enjoyed by the wealthy, a fact that is reflected in the artistic designs of chess sets that dominated the marketplace. While aesthetically beautiful, the chess pieces of the period were not very practical. The chess pieces were expensive to produce, cumbersome to use, prone to tipping over and had such ornate details that they were unable to withstand the wear and tear of regular use. However the greatest disadvantage of these chess sets was the lack of uniformity of the pieces within a chess set - a player's unfamiliarity with a particular chess set could affect the outcome of the game. Complaints such as these led to the search for a standard design of chess pieces. On September 1, 1849, #58607 - An Ornamental Design for a Set of Chess-Men was registered by Mr. Nathaniel Cooke under the British Ornamental Designs Act of 1842.

     

    Our research has lead us to conclude that the basis for this new design of chess pieces was the Northern Upright Chess set. Complaints about the contemporary designs of chess pieces were well established in chess circles. By starting with an extremely popular yet highly artistic chess set, Mr. Cooke was able to focus his energies solely on correcting those deficiencies. The ornate features that were most susceptible to damage were removed, resulting in a chess set that was durable and less expensive to produce. The diameter of the bases was widened for increased stability and the chess pieces were weighted with lead to minimize tip over. Before the commercial launch of these new chess pieces, Mr. Cooke convinced Howard Staunton to lend his prestigious name to the new design. Mr. Staunton was England's most celebrated Chess personality and the unofficial World Champion. The Staunton Pattern Chessmen, as they were officially known, became commercially available on September 29, 1849 and quickly became the world standard of chess pieces. Their lower production cost brought chess to the masses and did much to popularize the game.

     

    Its clean, simple design has never been equaled - the Staunton Pattern chess set looks as modern today as it did upon its introduction more than 150 years ago. The House of Staunton is proud to carry on this tradition by producing the finest Staunton Pattern Chess Pieces and Chess Sets.

     

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