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Chess sets are truly a chess player’s delight as they are an essential display of their intricate taste and personality. These can be either classic, traditional, antique or arguably quirky for some chess players. Blending in varieties of chess pieces, chess boards and chess sets represent the player’s personality, taste, and understanding of each piece. These can often consist of heirlooms, historical pieces, and pieces that boast cultural and intellectual pizzazz.

Classic Economy Anegre Chess Set Combination - Official Staunton™
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Classic Economy Anegre Chess Set Combination

£99.95 GBP

A superb economic entry-level chess set featuring the classically styled traditional chessmen; matched with an economy anegre and maple chess boar...

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£99.95 GBP
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Artistic Parker Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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Artistic Parker Chess Pieces

£159.00 GBP

A beautiful Staunton design with a twist! The stunning patterns and high lacquered coatings really do make this a great set to play and display...

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£159.00 GBP
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3.75 " British Staunton Acacia & Boxwood Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3.75 " British Staunton Acacia & Boxwood Chess Pieces

£79.95 GBP

TOURNAMENT STANDARD CHESS PIECES British Staunton set is Simple yet clear with 95 mm (3.75 inch) king, felted and weighted. Light pieces are made f...

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£79.95 GBP
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19 "Acacia Walnut Winchester Chess Set - Official Staunton™
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19 "Acacia Walnut Winchester Chess Set

£299.00 GBP

QUALITY CHESS SET COMBINATION Typically Staunton in design, this set is suitable even for grandmaster tournament chess matches! Beautiful natur...

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£299.00 GBP
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A Tournament Classic Acacia & Walnut Chess Set - Official Staunton™
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A Tournament Classic Acacia & Walnut Chess Set

£144.95 GBP

  Quality chess set featuring the classically styled chessmen; the dark side of this set is made from hardwood. The opposing army pieces are ...

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£144.95 GBP
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Club Tournament Chessmen & Slide Lid Box - Official Staunton™
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Club Tournament Chessmen & Slide Lid Box

£99.95 GBP

TRADITIONAL CHESS PIECES & BOX Club 3.5" core weighted and felted boxwood and ebonized chess set are one of our best sellers, one of the prefe...

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£99.95 GBP
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15.75" Mahogany Chess Board - Official Staunton™
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15.75" Mahogany Chess Board

£39.95 GBP

  This chess board has been expertly crafted from mahogany and sycamore. It has clean and crisp inlaid squares and a clean, fresh look. An elega...

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£39.95 GBP
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British Acacia Mahogany Chess Set & Box - Official Staunton™
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British Acacia Mahogany Chess Set & Box

£149.95 GBP

TRADITIONAL STAUNTON CHESS SET British Staunton set is Simple yet clear with 95 mm (3.75 inches) king, felted and weighted. Light pieces are ma...

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£149.95 GBP
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3.5" Supreme Fierce Knight Sheesham Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3.5" Supreme Fierce Knight Sheesham Chess Pieces

£139.00 GBP

Featuring the Fierce Knight! Lovely set with very nice carving to the Knight pieces in particular. Hand carved from Acacia wood and Boxwood. Tru...

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£139.00 GBP
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3.5" Bridled Knight Acacia Chessmen - Official Staunton™
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3.5" Bridled Knight Acacia Chessmen

£129.95 GBP

Kings Knight Bridle Chessmen. The hand carved knights with their bridle and reigns are intricately detailed and with the replication only the ve...

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£129.95 GBP
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10 Inch Magnetic Wooden Chess Set - Official Staunton™
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10 Inch Magnetic Wooden Chess Set

£44.95 GBP

  A superb handmade travel magnetic chess a solid wood chess set featuring super magnetic pieces! Excellent starter/travel chess set. 10 x 10 In...

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£44.95 GBP
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15.75" Walnut Classic Acacia Wooden Chess Set - Official Staunton™
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15.75" Walnut Classic Acacia Wooden Chess Set

£79.95 GBP

A quality entry-level chess set featuring the classically styled chessmen;  the dark side of this set is made from Acacia and Boxwood hardwood....

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15.75" Walnut Black Classic Wooden Chess Set & Box - Official Staunton™

15.75" Walnut Black Classic Wooden Chess Set & Box

£129.95 GBP

CLASSIC STYLED CHESS SET COMBINATION Superb entry-level chess set featuring the classically styled chessmen with the 3.00-inch king;  the dark ...

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£129.95 GBP
19 Inch Mahogany and Sycamore Chess Board - Official Staunton™
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19 Inch Mahogany and Sycamore Chess Board

£49.00 GBP

A superb 19 Inch chess board with 2 Inch squares are made from sustainable wood. These Chess boards are made in alternation by inlaid Work with sy...

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£49.00 GBP
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Luxury Hand Made Solid Wood Chess Box - Official Staunton™
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Luxury Hand Made Solid Wood Chess Box

£179.95 GBP

This beautiful hand made box is unsurpassed in both design and practicality. It is solid Acacia wood with a fine lacquered coating, accentuating...

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£179.95 GBP
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Executive Staunton Boxwood & Ebonised Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™

Executive Staunton Boxwood & Ebonised Chess Pieces

£99.95 GBP

Excellent set of match play chess pieces. Hand carved out of boxwood with felt covered undersides. Extremely popular set given the relatively low p...

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3 Inch Club Classic Ebonised Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3 Inch Club Classic Ebonised Chess Pieces

£39.95 GBP

CLASSIC STAUNTON CHESS PIECES   The classic chess piece set is one of our best sellers, this is the preferred style of the club and tournament play...

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£39.95 GBP
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3 Inch Club Classic Acacia & Boxwood Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3 Inch Club Classic Acacia & Boxwood Chess Pieces

£34.95 GBP

TRADITIONAL MID SIZED CHESS PIECES The classic chess piece set is one of our best sellers, this is the preferred style of the club and tourname...

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£34.95 GBP
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3.75 Leningrad Inch Acacia Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3.75 Leningrad Inch Acacia Chess Pieces

£99.95 GBP

  just look at the beautiful Knight with  arched neck perked ears and an icy stare, this set is sure to be a favourite among the collector or o...

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14" Magnetic Folding Chess Set - Official Staunton™
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14" Magnetic Folding Chess Set

£74.95 GBP

Our Best Selling Folding Chess Set Can’t figure out what gift to buy for your friend, co-worker, or family member? A finely made folding chess set...

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£74.95 GBP
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12" Solid Wood Magnetic Push Drawer Chess Set - Official Staunton™
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12" Solid Wood Magnetic Push Drawer Chess Set

£74.47 GBP

A superb chess set suitable for home use and travel When not in use the chess pieces are stored in an internal tray that can be opened from either...

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£74.47 GBP
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15.75" Classic Mahogany Acacia and Boxwood Chess Set - Official Staunton™
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15.75" Classic Mahogany Acacia and Boxwood Chess Set

£74.95 GBP

BEST SELLING CHESS SET COMBINATION A superb entry-level chess set featuring the very popular classic chess pieces.   King Chess Piece Dimension...

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£74.95 GBP
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15.75 " Classic Ebonised Mahogany Wooden Chess Set & Box - Official Staunton™
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15.75 " Classic Ebonised Mahogany Wooden Chess Set & Box

£94.95 GBP

An entry-level chess set combination of high quality at a very affordable price- boxwood weighted and felted pieces. This chessboard has been e...

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£94.95 GBP
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19" Fierce Knight Acacia & Mahogany Chess Set - Official Staunton™

19" Fierce Knight Acacia & Mahogany Chess Set

£149.95 GBP

  With a King height is 3.5 Inch (approx) this set is a premium chess set priced at an excellent value. The chess board is made with inlaid maho...

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£149.95 GBP
Authentic Isle of Lewis Chess Set by the National Museums Scotland - Official Staunton™

Authentic Isle of Lewis Chess Set by the National Museums Scotland

£149.95 GBP

  These authentic replicas have been handmade in the UK from 3D laser scans, using a simulated ivory finish to accurately represent the walrus ...

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Lewis Ivory & Mahogany Chess Pieces in Presentation Gift Box - Official Staunton™
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Lewis Ivory & Mahogany Chess Pieces in Presentation Gift Box

£169.95 GBP

  Discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, they may constitute some of the few complete, surviving medieval chess...

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Lewis Ivory & Brown Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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Lewis Ivory & Brown Chess Pieces

£99.95 GBP

      Carefully crafted in the UK. Intricately detailed pieces. 3.5 inch King height. Heavy stone crushed resin. Deep russet brown and rich cream ...

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Artisan Winchester 4 Inch Acacia & Boxwood Chessmen - Official Staunton™
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Artisan Winchester 4 Inch Acacia & Boxwood Chessmen

£120.00 GBP

QUALITY HAND CARVED CHESS CHESS Typically Staunton in design, this set is suitable even for grand master tournament chess matches! Beautiful natura...

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£120.00 GBP
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Chess sets are truly a chess player’s delight as they are an essential display of their intricate taste and personality. These can be either classic, traditional, antique or arguably quirky for some chess players. Blending in varieties of chess pieces, chess boards and chess sets represent the player’s personality, taste, and understanding of each piece. These can often consist of heirlooms, historical pieces, and pieces that boast cultural and intellectual pizzazz.

Chess sets are unique to the player, regardless of how standardised they may be across the masses. Their use, upkeep, and value are often unmeasurable due to the emotional relevance each one has. As chess players gear up for tournaments it is imperative that they know which chess set, they are willing to use against their opponents. As many tournaments ask chess players to bring, their own chess sets due to a shortage of chess sets, it is necessary to know which one a chess player should take forward.

When buying chess sets it is necessary to realise that the bestselling one, doesn’t have to be the most expensive one. This is specifically for the case for Staunton chess sets, which are cost effective, visually appealing and durable. Various aspects can be looked into chess sets that aren’t for tournaments such as chessboards and pieces with varying dimensions and personally customised chess pieces and boxes. As chess collectors like to have a variety of numerous vendors, some prefer playing chess on very few designs due to their ease of use and aesthetic appeal.

Historic Relevance

It is often discussed as to why chess sets hold significance in terms of design and play. As a game that can be dated back almost 1500 years, it was originated in the Far East through Persia and then gained popularity in Europe. It is due to this geographical variant that the significance and change in the chess pieces arose. This included various reasons, such as chess pieces depicting historic and traditional relevance.

It was due to this that the rise of the Staunton chess set design was introduced in 1849, which was based on popular designs, minus the decorative elements, with chess pieces having wider bases and more weightage due to lead. This was a simplified and inexpensive way to attract a majority of chess players. It soon took to an increased liking and became famous among the masses, to become a world standard. It is due to this that the Staunton chess manufacturers are known to make the world’s finest chess sets due to their clean and simple design.

How Many Kinds of Chess Sets are there?

As chess is known for its strategic display, it is also known for its intricate pieces and overall aesthetics. Regardless of whether or not an individual is a chess player, it is often common to find classic wooden chess sets at homes for display. However, if one is an astute follower and player of chess, then he or she may have more common chess sets for tournaments and competitions, such as the Staunton chess sets. These come in varying sizes, colours, and weights but are standard during games.

The Staunton chess pieces are known to be smooth and easy to hold, with a wide base and a narrowing stature, and a motif on top to represent each piece. However, various other chess sets are known for the material, design, colour, and historic relevance. These include the Zagreb and Dubrovnik, which are mid-20th century Eastern European variations of the Staunton chess sets and are more rounded than edgy overall. Other chess sets and chess pieces include the Edinburgh Upright chess sets, English Barleycorn chess sets and Selenius chess sets, French Regence Pieces, Isle of Lewis chess sets and the Lund Pattern chess sets.

Bestselling Tournament Chess Sets

The Staunton chess sets are standard and known to chess players across the world as the best for playing tournaments due to the simplicity and uniformity in design. Having a standard brings forward various pros, such as using the pattern to memorize and practice strategies to trick the opponent, and developing the ability to focus better. These chess sets are by far the best and have gained a lot of popularity over the last few decades. The bestselling chess sets worldwide include an analysis chess set which is the most basic and affordable chess set. A regulation tournament chess set is similar to an analysis chess set but has a bigger board, heavier pieces and variations in colour, also widely popular in tournaments. Tournament No 5 Staunton chess set is high in quality, cost effective, and often used for travelling. It is highly durable for chess tournaments and often used globally. The House of Staunton Grandmaster chess set is high-quality chess set for those who are unable to afford luxurious chess sets. It is very appealing to the eye and a great keep for a beginner’s collection during high-end tournaments. The British Staunton chess set has a very high quality and appeal due to its deep and glossy feel and look. It is slightly on the higher side of cost but used at tournaments by mid-level to high-level players.

The QuadPro Magnetic chess set is by far the cheapest and best when it comes to traveling for tournaments abroad. However, various chess players prefer quality due to which the Wooden Magnetic travel chess set is far better to the QuadPro magnetic set. Nevertheless, the bestselling chess sets often used in clubs and tournaments for entry level chess players is the standard 3.75 plastic Staunton chess set, with a roll-up vinyl board. It is essential that the chess pieces used for these vinyl boards are weighted accordingly so that they do not tip over. However, as some chess players want durability, they use lightly wooden boards such as fold-ups, if they don’t want to use vinyl boards. This is because vinyl boards can often tear apart due to wear and tear or roll up during a tournament match. Even though some of the bestselling chess sets include highly extensive Staunton wooden chess sets consisting of wooden chess pieces, and wooden chessboards, they are often at the risk of being lost or damaged during play at tournaments. Hence, must be avoided unless it is a high-end chess tournament.

Consequently, chess players often look to invest in chess sets that offer more value for money and gradually increase their collection as they go higher up in ranks. Therefore, the Official Staunton Chess Company has some absolute favourites for all chess enthusiasts. These include the tournament’s classics such as the Sheesham and Walnut chess set, the Chessmen and chess box, the Classic Chessmen and chess box, Mahogany chess set, Ebonised Deluxe Walnut and Wood Box chess set, and the entry level cardboard-folding Chess and Draughts set. These will definitely add to value to any chess players collection and speak volumes of their taste and understanding of chess.  

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