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    The Widest Selection of Luxury Chess Sets and Chess Boards

    Luxury Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) The House of Staunton is the manufacturer of the world's finest luxury chess sets. We invite you to browse our vast luxury chess set offerings and see for yourself why we are the preeminent luxury chess set manufacturer in the world. Why settle for less?

    Wood Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) The House of Staunton wood chess pieces are exceptionally well crafted, yet surprisingly affordable. Our wood chess pieces are handcrafted by our master craftsmen out of such luxurious woods as Ebony, Blood Rosewood, Cocobolo and African Blackwood.

    Wood Chess Sets

    (With Board and Box) The House of Staunton offers the finest wood chess sets in the world. Whether your looking for an inexpensive wood chess set for casual play or an luxury wood chess set to show off your artistic side, you'll find the perfect chess set at The House of Staunton.

    Themed Chess Sets

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    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 Wood Chess Boards

    The House of Staunton is proud to offer the world's finest bespoke luxury wood chess boards. Our master craftsmen can custom create the perfect luxury wood chess board for you. You pick the woods and the design, and we'll make the luxury wood chess board of your dreams!

    Wood Chess Boards

    Crafted from exotic woods, including Walnut Burl, Padauk, Rosewood and African Palisander, The House of Staunton wood chess boards are the perfect combination of quality and affordability. You won't find a better selection of wood chess boards anywhere!

    Chess Boards

    The House of Staunton has the widest selection of chess boards in the world. We invite you to discover what countless chess enthusiasts know - The House of Staunton offers the world's finest chess boards.

    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 has 2,000 chess books and Chess Magazines, in stock and ready to ship, including hundreds of rare and out-of-print chess books that aren't available anywhere else! Shop for chess books today!

    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 lower prices or a wider selection.

    Chess DVDs & Videos

    The House of Staunton has more chess DVDs and chess eDVDs available than another on the Internet. We have the complete line of chess dVDs from Empire Chess, Chess Lecture Foxy Openings, Roman's Lab, Killer Chess, Chess for Anyone, Susan Polgar, Dr. Danny Kopec and Chess King. We will not be beat when it comes to chess DVDs!

     

    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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