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Luxury Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton has the widest selection of luxury chess sets. With more than 40 luxury chess set styles available, we invite you to discover what countless chess enthusiasts know - The House of Staunton offers the finest chess sets.

Wood Chess Sets

(Pieces Only) The House of Staunton has the widest selection of wood chess sets in the world! With an industry-leading 75 different patterns of wood chess sets available, we truly are a one-stop chess set shop with wood chess sets that will satisfy all tastes and all budgets.

Wood Chess Sets

(With Board and Box) With the House of Staunton wood chess sets, finding the perfect chess set, chess board and chess box combination is only a mouse click away! No matter what your budget, you'll find a House of Staunton Wood Chess set that far exceeds your expectations!

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

Looking for a unique Luxury Wooden Chess Board? All of the Luxury Wooden Chess Boards offered by the House of Staunton can be custom manufactured to your exact specifications. Now you can create the Chess Board that is truly perfect for you!

Wooden Chess Boards

Across the world, the House of Staunton has established itself as the leading manufacturer of Wooden Chess Boards. Each year, we sell thousands of Wooden Chess Boards to customers from across the world because of our legendary quality and affordable prices.

Chess Boards

Looking for a high quality Chess Board? You've come to the right place! All Chess Boards offered by the House of Staunton are of the highest quality. Why settle for less when you can own a genuine House of Staunton Chess Board!

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

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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