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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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Studio Anne Carlton Themed Chess Sets are the finest Themed Chess Sets in the world, offering such popular themes as Isle of Lewis Chess Set, American Civil War Chess Set and Lord of the Rings Chess Set. Prices Starting at $99.00

Jaques Chess Sets

Founded in 1794, Jaques of London is the world's oldest game company and introduced the original Staunton Pattern Chess sets in 1849. Jaques Chess Sets are considered to the gold standard by which all other Chess sets are compared. Prices Starting at $999.00

Plastic Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton Plastic Chess Sets are the highest quality and come in all styles, sizes and materials. Collector Chess Set, Marshall Chess Set, Hastings Chess Set, Tournament Chess Sets, and even Analysis Chess Sets.

Luxury Wood Chess Boards

Custom-handcrafted in the United States,The House of Staunton offers the finest Luxury Wooden Chess Boards in the world, crafted from such exotic woods as African Palisander, Padauk, Bocote and Genuine Ebony. Prices Starting at $595.00.

Wood Chess Boards

Whether you're looking for an inexpensive Wooden Chess Board to take to the chess club or an heirloom-quality Wooden Chess Board to showcase in your home, The House of Staunton is your #1 choice for the finest Wooden Chess Boards on the Internet.

Chess Boards

The House of Staunton Chess Boards are the highest quality and come in all sizes and materials... Mouse Pad Chess Boards, Vinyl Chess Boards, Paper Chess Boards, Wooden Chess Boards. You won't find more Chess Boards anywhere else!

Chess Clocks

The House of Staunton has the widest selection of Chess Clocks from such leading manufacturers as Saitek, Excalibur, DGT Projects and ZMart Fun, all available at the lowest prices anywhere. We even offer batteries - let us take the hassle out of shopping for a chess clock!

Chess Bags

The House of Staunton is proud to offer our signature line of Chess Bags. From Chess Bags for protecting your favorite Wooden Chess Board to Chess Bags for carrying your roll-up chess board, plastic chess pieces and chess clock, the House of Staunton has the chess bag that is perfect for you.

Tournament Chess Sets

The House of Staunton makes it easy to gear up for your next big tournament. We have the biggest selection of tournament chess sets that exceed all USCF Tournament Standards. Whether you're on a budget or looking for the highest quality tournament chess sets, you'll find them here at the lowest prices.

Chess Books

Looking for Chess Books? You've found them! The House of Staunton specializes in Chess Books, with nearly 2,000 Chess Books and Chess Magazines that are in-stock and ready to ship. Don't see the Chess Book that you're looking us? Ask us! We probably have it!

Chess Software

With more than 500 different Chess Software programs available, all at our everyday low prices, The House of Staunton is your #1 source for Chess Software. No matter what Chess Software you're looking for, you'll find it at the House of Staunton.

Chess DVDs & Videos

Chess DVDs are the best way to improve your Chess! They're up to 70% more effective than Chess Books, and a lot more fun. If you're serious about wanting to improve your chess, we invite you to browse the more than 700 Chess DVDs available from the House of Staunton.

 

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 Nothern 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. Cook 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. Cook 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 Chmmpion. 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 equalled - 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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