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

    Luxury Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) The House of Staunton is the oldest manufacturer of luxury chess sets on the Internet. Since 1999, our website has been satisfying the needs of discerning chess players with our legendary luxury chess sets, legendary commitment to quality and industry-leading customer service.

    Wood Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) Nothing can heighten your chess-playing experience more than the feel of a finely crafted set of House of Staunton wood chess pieces. We invite you to discover for yourself why our wood chess pieces are the first choice of chess collectors everywhere.

    Wood Chess Sets

    (With Board and Box) We invite you to experience the masterful craftsmanship of House of Staunton wood chess sets and discover why the House of Staunton is the gold standard for wood chess sets by which all other wood chess sets are judged. Why settle for less when you can own the legend?

    Themed Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only)
    The House of Staunton has taken the guess work out of finding the perfect themed chess set. We're proud to offer a wide selection of themed chess sets for your purchasing consideration.

    Bone Chess Sets

    Looking for a set of chess pieces that's a bit different from the norm? We invite you to consider a set of bone chess pieces from The House of Staunton. Each set of bone chess pieces is truly a work of art and would make a wonderful addition to your chess collection.

    Plastic Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) The House of Staunton is the Internet's premier source of plastic chess sets. No matter what your budget, you'll find the perfect plastic chess set at the House of Staunton, available at the internet's lowest prices and with same-day shipping.

    Luxury Wooden Chess Boards

    The House of Staunton offers the world's finest luxury wood chess boards for the discerning collector. You won't find a finer luxury wood chess board anywhere in the world. Why settle for less when you can own a House of Staunton luxury wood chess board?

    Wooden Chess Boards

    The House of Staunton is proud to offer the world's finest wood chess boards. Our wood chess boards adhere to the highest quality standards in the industry and will endure many years of use. We invite you to experience the quality difference at the House of Staunton.

    Chess Boards

    Whether you're looking to purchase inexpensive vinyl chess Boards for your local chess club or a beautiful wood 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 any occasion.

    Chess Clocks

    The House of Staunton has the widest selection of chess clocks in the world, all available at the lowest prices. You won't find a better selection of chess clocks on the Internet! Why shop for chess clocks anywhere else?

    Chess Bags

    The House of Staunton is proud to offer our signature line of chess bags. From chess bags for protecting your favorite wood chess board to chess bags for carrying your roll-up chess board, plastic chess pieces and chess clock, we have the chess bag that is perfect for you.

    Club Chess Sets

    Tournament chess sets from the House of Staunton are the perfect combination of quality and affordability. There's no better place to shop for tournament chess sets, all of which are designed with the serious tournament chess player in mind.

    Chess Books

    The House of Staunton is the home for your favorite chess book authors on the Internet. We have the widest selection of chess books from such legendary authors as Mark Dvoretsky, Jeremy Silman, Yasser Seirawan, Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov.

    Chess Software

    The House of Staunton proudly offers the widest selection of chess software, including Deep Fritz, Deep Junior, Shredder ChessBase, Chess Assistant, Chess King, Komodo and many more! You won't find a better selection of chess software, or lower prices, anywhere else!

    Chess DVDs & Videos

    The House of Staunton is proud to offer the widest selection of chess DVDs and chess eDVDs in the world, all available at our everyday low price and ready for immediate shipping/delivery. We invite you to browse our vast offerings of chess DVDs and chess eDVDs.

     

    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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