Chess Pieces

Chess Pieces for Sale

Chess pieces come in a range of different sizes, styles, and material. Buying chess pieces on their own without a chess board gives you more control over the look and feel of your set. You will typically buy all 16 chess pieces at once but you can opt to buy individual chess pieces for sale instead.

At Official Staunton we have a wide range of chess pieces for sale. We have a variety of styles and materials, from Isle Of Lewis to Staunton chess pieces, and plastic to wooden chess pieces. If you aren’t sure which style of pieces will suit your board, speak to our expert team for some advice.   

1849 - 3.5" Staunton Cooke Boxwood Ebony Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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1849 - 3.5" Staunton Cooke Boxwood Ebony Chess Pieces

£269.10 GBP

The Cooke Boxwood and Ebony chess pieces. Maintaining the traditional design specifications to the romantic chess era. The masters of our craft who...

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£269.10 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

£44.96 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 tourna...

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£44.96 GBP
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3" Italian Acacia Boxwood Chess Pieces in Presentation Gift Box - Official Staunton™
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3" Italian Acacia Boxwood Chess Pieces in Presentation Gift Box

£99.00 GBP

    A sublime set of Italian Lacquered Chess Pieces featuring the Staunton design. Beautifully presented in a presentation gift box.  Lacquered coa...

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£99.00 GBP
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4.5" King Charles Ebony & Boxwood Chessmen - Official Staunton™
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4.5" King Charles Ebony & Boxwood Chessmen

£269.10 GBP

  The King Charles Series Wood Chess Pieces is one of those sets you'll treasure for the rest of your life. The majestic king proudly stands 4 .5" ...

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£269.10 GBP
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4.5" Kings Bridle Ebony & Boxwood Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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4.5" Kings Bridle Ebony & Boxwood Chess Pieces

£299.00 GBP

The stately bridled knights are the eye-catching focus of this set of beautiful chess pieces with the dark side made from genuine ebony and the lig...

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£299.00 GBP
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4 "Professional Stallion Rosewood Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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4 "Professional Stallion Rosewood Chess Pieces

£199.00 GBP

    Professional Staunton Series is an ideal set for playing in Clubs and Tournaments alike. Its well-figured knights and well-proportioned chess p...

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£199.00 GBP
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Anjan Zagreb Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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Anjan Zagreb Chess Pieces

£179.96 GBP

    An unusual, yet a popular set of chess pieces. In contrast to the popular Staunton design, the bishop doesn't have a mitre but is smooth and fe...

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£179.96 GBP
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Artistic Parker Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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Artistic Parker Chess Pieces

£179.10 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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£179.10 GBP
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3.5" Squadron Ebonised Boxwood Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3.5" Squadron Ebonised Boxwood Chess Pieces

£143.10 GBP

  These excellent hand carved chess pieces are made of hardwood Boxwood with excellent design-build quality. All of the chess pieces bases have fel...

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4" Rein Edition Ebony Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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4" Rein Edition Ebony Chess Pieces

£269.99 GBP

Fantastic set of large hand-carved and turned chess pieces, using hardwood boxwood ad genuine solid ebony 4. Inch King  Padded bases and core weigh...

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£269.99 GBP
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Emperor Sultan Prestige Padauk Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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Emperor Sultan Prestige Padauk Chess Pieces

£314.10 GBP

This heirloom- quality Chess set features a 4.4" King with a 2.0" diameter base and is heavily weighted. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our ma...

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£314.10 GBP
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4" Supreme Black Queens Gambit Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™

4" Supreme Black Queens Gambit Chess Pieces

£199.95 GBP

Supreme Knight as featured in the Netflix blockbuster- The Queens Gambit! Lovely set with very nice carving to the Knight pieces in particular. Han...

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£199.95 GBP
3.75" Professional Stallion Acacia Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3.75" Professional Stallion Acacia Chess Pieces

£149.00 GBP

Hand-carved from Shisham wood and Boxwood. Truly beautiful set of pieces. King Height 3.75"  Acacia and Hardwood Boxwood Weighted and Felted bases

£149.00 GBP
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3.75 inch Leningrad Acacia Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3.75 inch Leningrad Acacia Chess Pieces

£129.95 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 occ...

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£129.95 GBP
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3.75" Stallion Ebonised & Boxwood Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3.75" Stallion Ebonised & Boxwood Chess Pieces

£149.95 GBP

Professional Stallion 3.75" Series is an ideal set for playing in Clubs and Tournaments alike. Its well-figured knights and well-proportioned chess...

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£149.95 GBP
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3.75" Imperial Acacia Boxwood Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™

3.75" Imperial Acacia Boxwood Chess Pieces

£179.95 GBP

The king at 3.75" stands the tallest, but not to overlook is the beautiful hand-carved knight that comes with this set. His elegance stems from hi...

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£179.95 GBP
Executive Acacia and Boxwood Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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Executive Acacia and Boxwood Chess Pieces

£99.00 GBP

Excellent set of matchplay chess pieces. Hand carved out of Acacia and Boxwood, weighted with felt-covered undersides. Extremely popular set given...

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£99.00 GBP
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3.25" Elite Players Series Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3.25" Elite Players Series Chess Pieces

£179.95 GBP

    The Elite Players Series feature a sublime Traditional Staunton styled set of chess pieces which exude quality. Notable are the wide bases whic...

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£179.95 GBP
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Artisan Winchester 4 Inch Acacia & Boxwood Chessmen - Official Staunton™
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Artisan Winchester 4 Inch Acacia & Boxwood Chessmen

£124.00 GBP

Typically Staunton in design, this set is suitable even for grand master tournament chess matches! Beautiful natural grained Acacia wood, this set ...

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£124.00 GBP
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3.75" British Boxwood & Ebonised Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™

3.75" British Boxwood & Ebonised Chess Pieces

£89.95 GBP

  Each Quality Wood Chess Set has hand-turned and carved pieces in true Staunton style. These wood chess pieces meet all tournament standards and ...

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£89.95 GBP
3.75 Inch Zagreb Black and Boxwood Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3.75 Inch Zagreb Black and Boxwood Chess Pieces

£139.95 GBP

  Named after the capital city of Croatia where a tournament for the World Chess Champion was held in 1959, this set of contrasting colours of the ...

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Bulgarian Varna Olympiad Antique & Black Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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Bulgarian Varna Olympiad Antique & Black Chess Pieces

£269.10 GBP

The set is a faithful reproduction and features a 1 piece knight which proved to be very difficult to carve and turn as well as time-consuming, ...

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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

£94.95 GBP

  British Staunton set is Simple yet clear with 95 mm (3.75 inches) king, felted and weighted. Light pieces are made from boxwood and the dark pie...

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Steiner Design Boxwood Chess Pieces & Gloss Anegre Chess Board - Official Staunton™
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Steiner Design Boxwood Chess Pieces & Gloss Anegre Chess Board

£299.00 GBP

    Featuring a superb hand carved one piece knight. Each piece is carefully weighted giving perfect and equal balance. The pieces are boxwood and ...

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£299.00 GBP
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1950 Dubrovnik Antique and Mahogany Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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1950 Dubrovnik Antique and Mahogany Chess Pieces

£269.96 GBP

  There used to be the greatest chess player of all time, Robert James "Bobby" Fischer, and this beautifully designed chess set used to be one o...

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4" Supreme Golden Rosewood Queens Gambit Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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4" Supreme Golden Rosewood Queens Gambit Chess Pieces

£161.96 GBP

Supreme Knight as featured in the Netflix blockbuster- The Queens Gambit! Lovely set with very nice carving to the Knight pieces in particular. Han...

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Championship Reproduction World Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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Championship Reproduction World Chess Pieces

£143.96 GBP

The distinctive set was designed by internationally renowned Pentagram designer and architect Daniel Weil. This set is a reproduction. The piece...

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3.75" Imperial Colombian Rosewood Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3.75" Imperial Colombian Rosewood Chess Pieces

£224.10 GBP

Crafted from rosewood and boxwood. Weighted and felted. 3.75 inch (98 mm) king. Two additional queens. Ideal for 19 - 20 inch (50 cm) board.

£224.10 GBP
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3.75" American Golden Rosewood Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3.75" American Golden Rosewood Chess Pieces

£89.96 GBP

Traditional Staunton design. Individually hand turned. 3.75 inch (95 mm) king. Ideal with 19 to 21-inch boards The American Series Sheesham and B...

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3.75" American Classic Ebonised Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3.75" American Classic Ebonised Chess Pieces

£89.96 GBP

Traditional Staunton design. Individually hand turned. 3.75 inch (95 mm) king. Ideal with 19 to 21-inch boards The American Series Boxwood Chessm...

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Artisan Winchester Boxwood & Ebonised Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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Artisan Winchester Boxwood & Ebonised Chess Pieces

£143.10 GBP

  Typically Staunton in design, this set is suitable even for grandmaster tournament chess matches! Beautiful stained black and hand polished to a ...

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

£53.96 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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3.5" Antiqued English Staunton Chess Pieces & Mahogany Box - Official Staunton™
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3.5" Antiqued English Staunton Chess Pieces & Mahogany Box

£247.46 GBP

  ENGLISH ANTIQUE CHESS PIECES The Antiqued English design chess pieces are an exceptional mid-priced-level set.  The term "Antiqued" is that which...

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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

£179.10 GBP

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

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3.75 Inch Leningrad Boxwood & Black Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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3.75 Inch Leningrad Boxwood & Black Chess Pieces

£179.10 GBP

The Leningrad is one of our best sellers and it is easy to see why. This super stylish set of pieces is simply lush, coupled with the very low p...

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4" Hastings Antiqued and Black Chess Pieces - Official Staunton™
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4" Hastings Antiqued and Black Chess Pieces

£161.10 GBP

  The Antiqued and Black (ebonized wood) is a great choice for the collector as it features a nice Antique design circa.1950 and has been designed ...

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Chess pieces come in a range of different sizes, styles, and material. Buying chess pieces on their own without a chess board gives you more control over the look and feel of your set. You will typically buy all 16 chess pieces at once but you can opt to buy individual chess pieces for sale instead.

At Official Staunton we have a wide range of chess pieces for sale. We have a variety of styles and materials, from Isle Of Lewis to Staunton chess pieces, and plastic to wooden chess pieces. If you aren’t sure which style of pieces will suit your board, speak to our expert team for some advice.   

What Are The Pieces In Chess Called?

The chess pieces that make up a traditional chess set come in six types. These chess pieces are called:

King

Queen

Bishop

Knight

Rook (or Castle)

Pawn


How Many Chess Pieces Are There?

A complete chess set contains 32 chess pieces, which is 16 pieces per player, made up of:

1 King per player

1 Queen per player 

2 Bishops per player

2 Knights per player

2 Rooks (or Castles) per player

8 Pawns per player

Some full sets of chess pieces actually contain 34 pieces as they are supplied with two extra Queens.

 

Different Styles Of Chess Pieces

Chess pieces come in different styles and materials, from the traditional to the contemporary. 

While they are usually made of wood – including cherry, oak, mahogany, ebony, and pine – there are many other materials available. 

The most popular styles and types of chess pieces are:

Wooden Chess Pieces

Wood chess pieces are highly recommended for both the beauty and durability of the pieces. Some chess enthusiasts claim that wood has a natural feel to it and when playing chess compared to plastic chess pieces. 

Wooden chess pieces are usually more luxurious, with intricate details in the pieces hand carved by craftsmen. This usually means that wooden chess pieces are more expensive, but they are of higher quality.

At Official Staunton, our range includes a variety of wooden chess pieces, including antique mahogany, ebony, rosewood, and more. 

Metal Chess Pieces

Metal Chess pieces are often made of brass and can be glossy, which complement various wooden boards be it glossy or matte and are available as well. They are extremely durable and hard wearing, meaning they will last a lifetime. However, metal chess pieces can be slightly more expensive than other materials like wood and plastic. 

Resin or Plastic Chess Pieces

Resin chess pieces often cost only a fraction of what a wood chess piece costs. However, resin chess pieces are made of a higher quality than other types of plastic chess pieces, meaning resin is more expensive to buy than plastic pieces. Plastic chess pieces don’t tend to be as hard wearing as wooden and metal either. 

Weighted Chess Pieces

Weighted chess pieces are weighted with metal to improve their feel while playing. A slug or plug of iron is inserted into each piece during the manufacturing process. The weight of the slug installed determines whether the chess pieces are single, double, triple, or quadruple weighted. What weight you choose comes down to personal preference. 

You can buy weighted chess pieces from our range at Official Staunton. Speak to our experts to find more information on our weighted pieces. 

Staunton Chess Pieces

The most popular chess piece style is the classic Staunton. Staunton Chess Pieces are widely recognised by their design which has been in existence since 1849. It is the only style of chess pieces that is approved for official chess tournaments across the world.

The design of the Staunton chess pieces promotes the king as the highest piece on the table (due to its importance, probably) with heights varying from 3.5” to 4.5”. The King is carved with a crown and a cross sign on the top of it, the Queen is smaller, wearing a coronet and a small ball on the top, while the Knight has the shape of a horse head. The Rook looks like a tower with crenellated battlements, the Bishops are determined by a mitre, while the Pawns have only a ball on the top. Each one of the pieces has its base covered in felt (or even leather in most recent, luxury sets).

Our range of Staunton pattern chess pieces is by far the most popular and are handcrafted by the most talented artisans in the world. You will find a variety of Staunton chess pieces in different materials in our range, including rosewood and ebony

The second most popular style is the Isle Of Lewis chess pieces. At Official Staunton, we have a range of Isle Of Lewis chess sets in multiple sizes. 

Travel Chess Pieces

Travel chess pieces are light, economical, and playable on the move. If you’re travelling, you need a chess set that isn’t heavy but is small and portable. That’s why travel chess pieces are less about design and beauty than there are about practicality. 

At Official Staunton, our travel chess pieces include a diverse collection of magnetic, wooden, and cardboard sets, like Anegre Eco Classic Sets, Morphy Anegre, Morphy Rosewood, Mahogany and Black Walnut sets. 

Tournament Chess Pieces

While many of the grand chess clubs in the world still practice the old-fashioned, large chess boards and pieces, now a smaller group of chess enthusiasts are embracing hand carved wooden chess pieces. While most people prefer to play on a larger board with heavier boards, you can certainly enjoy your own personal chess game while playing with your own hand-carved chess pieces.



How Choose The Best Chess Pieces

Choosing the right chess piece comes down to your style and playing habits. A tournament chess player will need different chess pieces to a recreational chess player. But whatever you need to buy chess pieces for, you should consider: size, appearance, and style.

Chess Piece Sizes

Traditionally, size does matter when it comes to chess pieces. The base diameter of a King, placed over the diameter of a square on the board should be 75 per cent, giving it enough space around the edges. It should not be overly crowded or give a sense of isolation on the board, as it weakens the chessmen’s appreciation for the exquisiteness of each piece. Same goes for the height, width and general outlook of the Bishop, Queen, Rook, Pawns and Knights. The heads of each should vary and the bishop and pawn should be identifiable without causing exhilarating confusion during the game. 

Style & Colour 

While size is a factor that should be calculated correctly and can play a large role in the aesthetic appearance of the entire chess set, other factors such as colour and style are left to the discretion of the buyer’s tastes and imagination. That’s the beauty of putting together your own chess sets with separate boards and chess pieces. But you should still consider material, sizing, colouring, aesthetics, and whether these are collectible pieces or for either travel or home.

Although most chess pieces on sale come in a wide range of colours and designs, there are differences to take into consideration when it comes to materials. For example, wood pieces work best with antique chess sets that have a matte finish, although some people also like to use them on glossy chess boards. Most wooden chess sets for sale also apply the use of contrast, making use of light rosewood chess pieces with dark chess boards, while an ivory chess set often uses black and white pieces on a lightly coloured board. Similarly, metal chess pieces are often made of brass, which can complement any wooden chess board or more vibrant colours such as red and blue. A metal chess set usually has a glossy finish to it overall even if the accompanying board is made of wood.

Matching Your Chess Pieces With Your Board

The chess pieces also reflect the quality and colour of the board and should be selected accordingly. If for instance, the chessboard is Mahogany, then the chess pieces should be a Crimson or a Honey Rosewood to complement its beauty. There are various wooden chess pieces from Rosewood, Boxwood, Hornbeam, Acacia, Ebony, and Red and Ivory gloss finished pieces that can grace your chess board in the finest of ways. Ebony chess pieces are the purest with very little grain and are black in colour inside and outside. Also, Ebony is one the rarest and hardest woods to find, its chess pieces are a collector’s item and often paired with traditional boxwood sets. 


Official Staunton Chess Pieces

If you want to buy chess pieces either individually or in full 32 or 34 piece sets, our team at Official Staunton can help. Our specialists know a thing or two about chess and can help you to pick the perfect chess pieces for you, whether you are in the UK or abroad.

Whatever your preference may be, we are absolutely certain we have the chess pieces for you, take a look around our website and fall in love with our beautiful catalogue of the finest chess pieces in the World.

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