Welcome to ChessMaze UK - The Best Online Chess Store

Chess Sets and Boards of the finest quality is what ChessMaze has been supplying customers for over a decade. If you are looking for the finest in Staunton Chess Sets at competitive prices then you have found the UK's number one supplier.

About ChessMaze UK

ChessMaze UK was established in 1993 and since then have been specialising in the production and sale of high quality, classic and artistic chess sets, chess pieces, chess boards and more.

Our chess sets are hand-crafted from a wide variety of countries including Italy, Germany, India, Poland, Spain, and many more.

Our site offers secure shopping and an easy usability to ensure a smooth shopping experience.

ChessMaze UK is one of the best chess set suppliers in the UK. With over 20 years of experience in the production of collectible chess sets. Our catalogue of chess sets and accessories is extensive, offering a misc of different aesthetics and price ranges including economy chess sets, chess computers, hand painted chess sets and luxury chess sets and we are sure you’ll find the items you desire in our online chess store.

So if you are looking for wooden chess pieces for sale then you are in the right place! But don't worry, if there is something in particular that you are looking for and cannot find contact us and our friendly customer service team will do our best to assist you.

What Is A Tournament Size Chess Set?

Commonly, the chess set used in tournaments, schools and clubs are a standard 3.75" plastic Staunton-style set. The chess sets usually consist of a roll up vinyl board and basic, plastic chess pieces.

A lot of chess players enjoy the 3.75” king height of a tournament set, therefore we have expanded our chess piece collection to include some high-end, luxury 3.75” wooden chess pieces as well as the traditional 3.75” plastic tournament style pieces.

What Is Included In A Standard Chess Set?

As standard, a chess set usually comprises 32 chess pieces and a chessboard. Some sets may also include a storage box for the pieces to be housed after gameplay. Some chess sets also include additional queens to use during pawn promotion. 

How Do I Know What Chess Pieces Are Correct For My Chessboard?

There are many variations of style and sized chess pieces, and sometimes it is difficult to understand what pieces should be paired with which board. As a rule of thumb, the king’s base should take up no more than 75% of the size of the board’s squares.

Our online catalogue suggests what sized chess boards are recommended for the chessmen and vice versa - however, should you get confused and require assistance, our team of dedicated professionals are on hand to assist with your query via the chat function on our home page.

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What makes chess so beloved?

There are many reasons. The game was first played in India (in a different format) as early as the 6th century AD. It has been a part of Persia, Europe, and the Russian Empire since then. Why? The game of Chess allowed people to have fun with war, without actually having to fight it. This makes perfect sense psychologically.

Chess was a great way to experience the excitement of a battle without having to worry about the consequences. It offers strategy, thrill, and the chance to overthrow kings or queens all while having so much fun. It's very addictive and engages people on many levels. While times have changed, human nature has not. It's still a desire to feel that way, and we still have a game that can fulfil it. It can bring people together and is equally entertaining for grandparents and schoolchildren.

Chess is an amazing way to learn and bond with others. It is also very popular. It is enjoyed recreationally at home, in schools, in chess clubs, in inter-school competitions and, on a larger scale, in international tournaments that offer thousands of pounds in prize money. It is easy to see why chess is so popular. While trends change, chess is able to keep up with them for more than a millennium. This is unlike other competitive board games that are a part of our history. One of the main reasons chess' popularity has grown over the years is its intellectual appeal. It enhances cognitive skills, mental ability, and stimulates logical thinking. You can have chess sets made of wood, digital, luxury, antique, and travel sets. Rosewood, Walnut and Wenge are some of the woods used. Demo sets can be used for large audiences, teaching purposes or as a learning tool.

They are typically flat and 2D. It is also larger than traditional chess sets. E-boards are designed to make tournaments more efficient and accurate. The e-boards enable you to record and transfer the games to your computer. Although three-player chess sets were created in China a thousand years ago it is still very popular. It is difficult to choose the right chessboard. This depends on your goals and needs.

How do I start?

Chess can be addictive so it's not surprising that you will want to buy a set for your family or friends after trying your luck. Where do you begin? How do you choose the best one? You need to think about the material, size, style, and purpose of the chess set. You will be amazed at how many options there are when you start chess-set hunting. There are many options available, no matter what level of experience you have. Sets of chess pieces You can shop in our store to find the right set for you. 

We have compiled this list of all the available chess sets so that you can easily choose your favourite. For your convenience, we have divided them into style and material categories. Let's get started!

Set of wooden chess pieces

The most popular category of chess sets is wooden. You can get them in different styles like luxury chess set or kids chess set. This material is a timeless classic in the industry. This wasn't always true. In the beginning, ivory was the most common material for chess. A dig in Uzbekistan revealed that the oldest partial ivory chess set was found. It was dated to around 750 AD. There is still much debate about which material is best for chess, but wood is the most common. Wood is warm and has positive energy. It feels like home. We mentioned that the rules and pieces of this game have changed over time. This transformation was stopped in the 15th Century when the final rules were established. Six chess pieces survived, including the Pawn, Knight Knight, Bishop and Rook. The carving of chess pieces was quickly a popular way for many craftsmen to express their creativity and create something new. 

Originality is good. However, this creativity also had an interesting side effect. Because there were so many chess sets, players often refused to play on the opponent's board. It was confusing and difficult to distinguish the pieces. This madness was stopped by the first chess set in 1849. 

Staunton chess Set It was quickly popularized by players and was soon created. The set was created by Nathaniel Cook, a journalist. It is named after Howard Staunton, a British chess champion. Staunton's chess set is made of wood and has a simple design. It is probably because of this simplicity that it has become so popular. It is now the only accepted design at official tournaments. There are several types of trees that can be used to make a wooden set of chess chess pieces. Mahogany, walnut, maple, and walnut are all good choices. They provide a nice contrast of colours to distinguish the squares on the chessboard. You can find wooden chess sets for beginners or professionals in many sizes, styles and prices.

Travel Chess

This is another popular style. Chess sets can be useful in many situations, not just when you are sitting around the fireside. No matter if you're travelling by plane or train, bringing a travel set of chess sets with you can add colour to your journey and make it more enjoyable. This is especially true if you're traveling with family or friends. You can entertain both children and adults with travel chess sets. It will also train your brain. These unique chess sets are available in many forms and shapes. Let's take a look at them. Folding boards are the best chess boards to use for travel. You can have a wooden set that looks like a box and store your pieces or a vinyl set that comes with a pouch to keep the pieces separate. The material you choose can vary greatly. Vinyl, plastic, and wood are all favourites. These chess sets are lightweight, compact, durable, and have all the necessary features. Folding chess boards have a fascinating beginning. The whole thing began with a priest who refused to follow the rules. The Orthodox church was against chess at the time and threatened to excommunicate priests who were caught with chess boards. Our hero of the moment concealed his board by hiding it in two books.

 A magnetic chess set is another popular option. These chess sets have small magnets embedded in the pieces. This makes them very practical for children (although it is not recommended to play with toddlers younger than three years old) and also for elderly people.

Sets of luxury chess pieces

These chess sets are not for everyone. As the name implies, luxury chess sets can be considered a luxury. These chess sets are made from high-quality materials, including precious stones. They tend to be more expensive, but they are worth it if you want something that will last. It is not a new idea to create chess sets that are only for a select few. After the introduction of chess in Europe, it was considered a game reserved for the Royals. It was not played much by the general population until later. They used the most expensive materials and elaborate designs for the chess pieces as well as the boards. Marble chess sets were quite common, such as the fox chess set. Wooden chess sets were rare in the luxury league. The mainstream has changed. Modern chess sets in the luxury category can be made from any type of high-quality material. This includes wood, glass and metal. They all share a common thread: high-quality design and intricate work. These unique chess sets can be used for both play and entertainment. Imagine one in your living space! These chess sets instantly transform into art pieces that will make an impression and display your unique taste. Chessmaze UK has a wide selection of luxury chess sets

Antique chess sets

Because they are unique and special, these chess sets merit being discussed separately from the rest. The characters were truly unique, as we mentioned earlier, even before the simplified Staunton design was created in the middle of the 18th century. These sets were made from ivory, stone or wood and had intricately carved pieces. Many serious players would appreciate the value of antique chess sets. But the problem is that they are expensive. They are either kept in museums or sold privately at auctions. They are simply out of reach for ordinary people. What can we do? Modern chess sets can be inspired by antique chess set's aesthetic value. Modern counterparts can still be made from high-quality materials but are much more affordable. If you're looking for unique chess sets UK, these sets are sure to be winners. These chess sets are a great way to bring history into modern times.

Sets of themed chess

These chess sets are some of the most unusual on the market. Their fascinating history is also interesting. We have already mentioned that personalized chess sets can be a hit. The possibilities for design are endless, as well. The French Revolution saw the popularity of themed chess sets. There were also chess sets made at that time with pieces such as King Louis XVI or Queen Marie Antoinette. These unusual chess sets UK are filled with imagination. The theme can range from ancient Rome to the animal kingdom. How do you choose the best one? First, you shouldn't buy the first set that you see. We understand that they are all interesting, so resist the temptation to buy them all. Choose something that is truly interesting to you and the person you're buying it for. You should also consider the material. You can choose from a wooden or a marble set depending on your budget. Stone is usually more expensive.

Sets of DGT chess

DGT chess sets may be the most far-reaching of themes sets in both design and purpose. If you're serious about improving your skills and learning faster, this modern chess set is a great addition to your collection. What does it do? And how does it differ from other chess sets. First, e-boards offer you the unique opportunity to record your game and then transfer it to your computer. You can look back at your mistakes and celebrate your wins. These chess sets will have a different effect than playing through an app or another software. The history of digital chess sets is quite unique! There was a long-standing problem with broadcasting chess tournaments. As a solution to this problem, the first prototype of an electronic board was created. The organizers of the 1998 Chess Olympiad called for companies to create a device that could be broadcast live on the internet. This is how the grandfather of modern smart chess boards was born!

Three sets of player sets

The market for chess has become so vast that we are tempted to think we know everything. However, three-player sets can be quite different! These sets are ideal for players who want to take chess to a whole new level. Three-player chess can be exciting, challenging, and fun. There are many styles available, so make sure you research what type of three-player game the chess set can be used for. Wooden chess sets are the most popular. As you might think, three-player chess sets were not an invention. They were introduced to the world in China around a thousand years ago. They were a bit out of fashion for a while but made a comeback in 19th century.

Demo chess sets

Imagine you are a teacher and have a class full of students. You want to talk about chess with them. You can gather the students around the chessboard, but it might be too late. They won't fit around it naturally. Demo sets are a great way to get out of this situation. Although it can be mistakenly referred to as a children's chess set (or a chess set), it is actually a demo set. For children, a kids chess set has no number markings or lettering on the board. A demo set, however, is a 2D version of the game. The set is usually large enough to be hung on the wall or propped up against something. Flat 2D pieces are placed in pockets or attached to the chess boards using magnets. You can have a vinyl or wooden set, but it is designed for simple demonstrations. Since the formation of chess clubs in schools and universities all over the globe, demo sets have been around since then. Although there are many chess sets available, the following are essential for any serious chess player. New chess sets with unique designs are a popular gift for intellectual battlers. They can be used in any country, any occasion, and anywhere. Master chess players have tried dozens of materials over the past one-and-a-half thousand years. These include stone, wood and plastic. We have a wide range of materials available to suit our tastes, budgets, and moods. Chess is an emblem of intelligence and self-confidence. It is also a small example of strategy and tactics. Take your time and review them all. Then, pick the set of chess that you love to play again and again.