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    The Internet's Largest Selection of Chess Sets and Chess Boards

    Luxury Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) Looking for the perfect luxury chess set? You've come to the right place! The House of Staunton has been meeting the needs of quality conscious chess players by offering the world's finest luxury chess sets. Our selection is unrivaled and we invite you to browse our selection.

    Wood Chess Sets

    (Pieces Only) The House of Staunton has the widest selection of wood chess pieces in the world! With more than 100 different patterns of wood chess pieces to choose from, all handcrafted out of the finest timbers, we have wood chess pieces that will satisfy all tastes and all budgets.

    Wood Chess Sets

    (With Board and Box) The House of Staunton is the world's premier manufacturer of wood chess sets. Each of our wood chess sets is handcrafted out of the highest grade woods by our skilled artisans and adhere to the highest quality control standards in the world.

    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 Wooden Chess Boards

    The House of Staunton is proud to carry on the Staunton chess set tradition by crafting the world's finest luxury wood chess boards. Our luxury wood chess boards adhere to the highest quality standards in the industry and are all made right here in the United States. You've never seen a more beautiful luxury wood chess board!

    Wooden Chess Boards

    The House of Staunton has the largest selection of wood chess boards. With an incredible 30 different styles of wood chess boards available, all of which are handcrafted in Europe or the United States, we offer wood chess boards that will satisfy all tastes and budgets.

    Chess Boards

    Looking for a high quality Chess Board? You've come to the right place! Why settle for less when you can own a genuine House of Staunton Chess Board! We have a vast selection of chess boards, of all types, sizes and materials. Why shop anywhere else?

    Chess Clocks

    The House of Staunton is proud to be an authorized distributor of Zmart, BHB, INSA and DGT Projects chess clocks. We even offer our own line of high quality, yet affordable mechanical chess clocks and analog chess clocks!

    Chess Bags

    The House of Staunton makes it easy to gear up for your next tournament. We have the largest selection of chess bags, all of which exceed USCF Tournament Standards. Whether you're on a budget or looking for the highest quality chess bags, you'll find them here at the lowest prices.

    Club Chess Sets

    Experience for yourself why chess clubs and chess teams from all over the world buy their tournament chess sets from the House of Staunton. We offer the widest selection of tournament chess sets at unbelievably low prices, all in stock and ready to ship!

    Chess Books

    The House of Staunton is the home for your favorite chess book authors on the Internet. We have the widest selection of chess books from such legendary authors as Mark Dvoretsky, Jeremy Silman, Yasser Seirawan, Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov.

    Chess Software

    The House of Staunton proudly offers the widest selection of chess software, including Deep Fritz, Deep Junior, Shredder ChessBase, Chess Assistant, Chess King, Komodo and many more! You won't find a better selection of chess software, or lower prices, anywhere else!

    Chess DVDs & Videos

    The House of Staunton is proud to offer the widest selection of chess DVDs and chess eDVDs in the world, all available at our everyday low price and ready for immediate shipping/delivery. We invite you to browse our vast offerings of chess DVDs and chess eDVDs.

     

    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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