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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 proud to carry on the Staunton chess set tradition by crafting the world's finest luxury chess sets. Our luxury chess sets are crafted out of the finest woods and adhere to the highest quality standards in the chess set industry.

Wood Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton is the largest retailer of wood chess sets in the world. With our team of experienced chess set specialists available to answer your questions about our wood chess sets, it has never been easier to buy the perfect wood chess set.

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) We at the House of Staunton understand that buying a wood chess set can be a daunting task. Which woods? Which square size? Which chess box? Our wood chess set combinations make it easy to find the wood chess set that is perfect for you!

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 Wooden Chess Boards

For the discerning chess collector, the House of Staunton is proud to offer our luxury Wooden Chess Boards for your purchasing consideration. You won't find a wider selection or lower prices on Luxury Wooden Chess Boards anywhere else!

Wooden Chess Boards

The House of Staunton has Wooden Chess Boards of all types and for all budgets. No matter what style Wooden Chess Board you are looking for, no matter what price range you are interested in, you'll find the perfect Wooden Chess Board at the House of Staunton.

Chess Boards

You can't play Chess without a Chess Board! The House of Staunton offers the widest selection of Chess Boards on the Internet at unbelievably low prices. You'll find the Chess Board that is right for you at the House of Staunton.

Chess Clocks

The House of Staunton is your complete, one-stop shop for all of your Chess Clock needs. We are an authorized reseller of BHB, INSA, DGT Projects, Saitek and Excalibur-brand Chess clocks. We even offer our own line of high quality, yet affordable Analog Chess Clocks that are available in a variety of colors.

Chess Bags

Serious about chess? Then you need a serious Chess Bag! The House of Staunton Deluxe Tournament Chess Bags and Standard Tournament Chess Bags were designed with the serious chess player in mind, offering all of the features you could possibly want in a Chess Bag - even has a mesh pocket for your drink! .

Tournament Chess Sets

All House of Staunton Tournament Chess Sets meet exceed all U.S. Chess Federation and FIDE (World Chess Federation) requirments for official chess tournament play. You won't find a wider selection or low prices on Tournament Chess Sets anywhere else! Shop today and get ready for your next tournament.

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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