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The Widest Selection of Luxury 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.

Jaques Chess Sets

Since the introduction of the Staunton Pattern chess set in 1849, Jaques of London chess sets have continued set the bar by which all other wood chess sets are judged. The House of Staunton is honored to be able to offer the legendary Jaques of London Chess sets.

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

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

When it comes to Chess Books, no one has more than the House of Staunton! We take great pride in offering the greatest selection of Chess Books anywhere on the planet. We even offer out-of-print and rare Chess Books, as well as Chess Books on eBay with auctions starting at just $0.99!

Chess Software

When it comes to Chess Software, the House of Staunton has it all! Whether you're looking for Fritz or Rybka, ChessBase Starter of Chess Assistant, we have at the House of Staunton. The world's largest selection of Chess Software is only a mouse click away!

Chess DVDs & Videos

There is no better way to learn how to play Chess than with Instructional Chess DVDs, and there's no better place to Chess DVDs than the House of Staunton. No matter which chess topics you are interested in studying, you'll find it on a Chess DVD at 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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