Chess Pieces Design and History

Before the introduction of the Staunton design, the pieces most generally used were called the St. George design chessmen, followed by the Calvert, Edinburgh, Lund and Merrifield designs. Most of the sets of the interval were comparatively expensive to make and fairly intricate.
It is strongly recommended that Jaques truly designed a relative, plus the Staunton pieces, Nathaniel Cook filed the wooden chess pattern under the Ornamental Designs Act of 1842. The symbols were used by them in their most basic form, and a heavy foundation that was broad made them less likely to tip. In September 1849 the production rights were bought by John Jaques of London, workers of fine and ivory woods. Jaques was the brother in law of Nathaniel Cook. Jaques removed a lot of the decorative features that managed to produce the brand new design at less price, and topped chess patterns that were earlier. On September 8, 1849 the first wooden chess sets from Jaques became accessible. The very first sets had red crowns in addition to King's Knight and the King's Rook that differentiated them from the Queen's Rook as well as the Queen's Knight. They were frequently marked with "J. Jaques London" on the foundation of the King as well.

On the same day that the Jaques chess sets were accessible, Howard Staunton supported the sets and advocated. The ad that appeared in the paper called it Mr. Staunton's pattern. After, Staunton began supporting the set and had his signature on the carton of Staunton chess pieces. One of Staunton's chess novels was given free with every Staunton chess set. Marketting and star endorsement helped, but the simplicity of the Staunton layout probably contributed the most to its success. Nevertheless the Jaques Staunton's were not the instant success that Howard would have had us believe. The Staunton pattern was just adopted by FIDE in 1934 and there were other challengers for the title.
Posted by Carl Miceli on 11 May, 2017 Read more →

The Best Chess Set Reproductions in the World

Over the last six months, for my great pleasure and much to my wife’s chagrin, I have purchased four sets of chessmen from Carl Miceli’s company, Official Staunton. Three of those sets are shown here in direct comparison on the same board. For the record, the board is a HOS green and beige leather board with 2-3/8” squares that was made in England for HOS around the time of purchase in 1999 or 2000. HOS no longer carries these boards, and no, I have no interest in selling it. Please don’t ask!

To dispel the misinformation that has been spread about Carl’s companies that has often cropped up in other threads, here is the breakdown as explained to me by Carl:  Official Staunton is a direct to consumer retail company entirely owned by Carl. The English Chess Company wholesales chess sets to other retailers and does not sell directly to the consumer. This company is Carl’s in partnership with one other well known English player, businessman and journalist (not Ray Keene, thank God!) Chessmaze International is Carl’s umbrella company that includes his interests in the above, as well as his manufacturing concerns and partnerships with companies in India. The names are NOT interchangeable!

Earlier this spring, Carl came out with a reproduction of the 1849 Jaques set. Whether he was encouraged by the critical reception to CB’s version of the set designed by Alan Dewey and imperfectly implemented by VIk, or whether the introduction was altogether altruistic, only Carl knows. As it happened, Carl’s first attempt at the 1849 wasn’t perfect, either. While an excellent set, the denizens of this site offered advice to Carl about the perceived shortcomings. Some of the criticisms were that the queen was too large, with too pointed a crown, the bishop’s mitre was a little too angular, the king’s crown had too rounded a top, and the weighting of the set had too large a variation between the boxwood and the ebony pieces, which in some cases was noticeable during play. Carl took steps to correct the weighting issue, and the other issues spurred him to offer later in the summer the Official Staunton 1851 and 1870 sets. The 1851 and 1870 sets are almost identical, with the difference being in the knight, and in the material used. The three sets are shown below, with additional reference photos of an original 1849 set from the Crumiller collection and an alleged 1849 copy from Amritsar Ivory Works: 



Now I give you the direct comparisons.  All pictures showing the three sets in comparison are arranged in order: 1849, 1851, 1870.  All three sets are made from the finest material, and are exquisitely finished to standards that compare excellently to the House of Staunton sets, which have become known as the standard of quality here in the United States. The 1849 and 1870 sets are boxwood and ebony; the 1851 set is boxwood and ebonized boxwood. I defy you to tell the difference. Only on the closest inspection is the slightly grainier ebony noticeable.

First, the kings:


All three sets are full club size sets with a 4.4” king. As you can see, the OS 1849 King has a rounded crown and a thinner upper ring between the shaft and the crown, as well as a slightly narrower shaft than the 1851 and the 1870. The bases of all three kings measure 1-7/8.”  The weights are as follows, with separate weights for the boxwood and ivory sets, but only one for the 1851, which is all boxwood, albeit one side ebonized: 1849W, 104g, 1849B, 119g. The 1851 Kings weigh 130g, and the 1870W weighs 125g, the 1870B, 132g. All weights are of course for my reference sets only. Your mileage may vary. You will note that the 1849 set bears a greater resemblance to the AIW reference photo above, and the 1851 and 1870 sets adhere more closely to the Crumiller photograph. This holds true throughout the piece comparisons.

Next, the Queens:


The 1849 Queen stands 3-7/8” tall, with an 1-3/4” base, and has sharper points on her crown and a more rounded cap than the 1851 and 1870. The thinner upper ring between the shaft and the crown stays consistent throughout the set. In the 1851 and 1870 sets, the queens stand 3.5” tall, with a 1-3/4” base, and are almost a full inch shorter than the king. Weights are as follows: 1849W, 68g, the 1849B, 82g. The 1851 queens weigh 113g, the 1870W, 114g, the 1870B, 110g.

The Bishops:



The 1849 Bishops stand 3-1/2” tall, with a 1-1/2” base, and has a much more angular mitre than their 1851 and 1870 counterparts. All three mitre cuts are wide and nicely scooped. The 1851 and 1870 bishops stand slightly shorter at 3-1/8” tall, but maintain the same 1-1/2” base width. Weights are as follows: 1849W, 49g, 1849B, 58g. The 1851 bishops are 84g, the 1870W, 79g, 1870B, 80g.

The Knights:


The knights are all superlative examples of the woodcarver’s art, and all slightly different. The 1849 is reminiscent of a Cook type 2, according to the Camaratta classification, where the 1851 and 1870 seem to bear more resemblance to the Morphy knights. The 1849 and 1851 knights have solid eyes, where the 1870 knight has a pierced eye. Another difference is in the nostrils, which flare most in the 1870.  The 1849 Knight stands tallest at 2-7/8” in height, with a 1-1/2” base, as opposed to the 1851 and 1870 knights, which stand a ¼” shorter at 2-5/8,” but have a slightly wider base at 1-5/8.” Weights are as follows:  1849W, 49g, 1849B, 53g. The 1851 knights weigh in at 82g, the 1870W, 80g, 1870B, 87g. The kingside knights are all stamped, but where the black 1849 knight and rook are stamped in white, the 1851 and 1870 kingside black pieces are stamped in red, which I believe is more original if harder to see.  

The Rooks:


The 1849 rooks stand a solid 2-1/2” tall, with 1-1/2” bases. The 1851 and 1870 rooks are just a tad shorter at 2-7/16, but have a slightly wider base at 1-5/8.”  This doesn’t sound like much of a size difference, but in fact the appearance is quite different, with the 1851 and 1870 rooks seeming a more squat if not almost stubby. All three versions have six low crenellations, rather than four or five. Weights are as follows: 1849W, 53g, 1849B, 60g. The 1851 rooks weigh in at 98g, and the 1870W are 96g, with the 1870B at 99g.

Lastly, the Pawns:

 The 1849 pawns are almost as large as the 1849 rooks, standing 2-3/8” tall, with a 1-3/8” wide base. While not really evident from the angle of the photograph shown, the collar of the 1849 pawn seems just a little too prominent in practice, sort of like a pea on a plate. I am a little concerned that in the long term, chipping of the pawn collars might be a problem with this set. The 1851 and 1870 pawns are over a quarter of an inch shorter, at 2-1/16,” with a 1-1/4” base. The collars are just enough smaller than the 1849 not to seem unusually wide. The base of these pawns actually seems wider than the 1849 set, even though it’s not, due to the shorter stature of the pawns. While they are smaller, they are by no means out of proportion to the rest of the pieces in their respective sets. Weighting is as follows: 1849W, 34g, 1849B, 37g. The 1851 pawns weigh in at 49g, while the 1870W and 1870B both weighed 51g.

All three sets have impressed me with the overall quality of the craftsmanship. The weighting of the 1849 set surprised me, however. While the black king weighed in at a solid 119 grams, the white king was 15 grams lighter at 104g, and a 14 gram difference existed between the black and white queens. While a half an ounce in difference doesn’t sound like much, it is noticeable during play, and detracted from the experience. I was surprised when I checked the set, and found while checking with a magnet that the 1849 was weighted with either iron or steel, while the 1851 and 1870 sets are weighted with lead. Perhaps that is the source of the weighting differential. The 1849 set checks in at just over half the weight of the 1851 and 1870 sets.

 In conclusion, all three of these sets are very competent attempts at a true reproduction of a 1849-51 Jaques Staunton set. The material used and craftsmanship are all top notch, and I feel are good value for the money, although others may feel differently. The sets are available online at At current exchange rates, the 1849 Ebony set shown here is 349£, or approximately $540 US, while an ebonized version is available at 179£, or $277 US. The 1851 set is available in  boxwood at 179£, or $277 US, and in antiqued boxwood at 199£, or $308 US. Lastly, the 1870 Ebony set is currently on sale for 150£, or $231.90 US, as the ebony, while of excellent quality, is not truly pure black and shows some brown striping under bright light. If you want a high quality set at a bargain price, the 1870 is the way to go.

Posted by Carl Miceli on 28 April, 2017 Read more →

Choosing the right chess set a buyers guide

Chessmaze International is the top UK online chess retailer, supplying enthusiasts with a wide range of chess sets, chess pieces and chess boards from all around the globe. In case you fancy trying your hand at a few other games, you can even locate a variety of alternatives at Chessmaze International, including mahjong, backgammon and dominoes.
There are a lot of various kinds of chess boards to select from that you might not really know the best places to begin. This guide ought to enable you to choose the one which is right on your personal needs.

It's possible for you to locate an extensive variety of choices to accommodate all of your chess needs. Whether you should change out your chess pieces or are trying to find the complete set, there are a lot of costs and designs for everybody.

There are various sorts of chess sets available, according to what your needs are and just how much you happen to be seeking to spend. This can be an instant summary of the chess.

All these are perfect for routine chess players who are searching for a chess set as portion of your collectors variety or maybe play in a club. There are a wide range of high-end chess sets at Chessmaze International, a few of the finest in the group comprise:

Italian Prestige Set

You'll find lots of options for example, Makassar Fierce Knight Combination, which can be a lively chess set made from magnificent maple wood and Makassar, in the Italian Stature group. This can be an extremely remarkable set which has a storage facility on your chess pieces.

This really is an Italian creation and it's magnificently sculpted with a good amount of lively colours and lots of nature, as you'd anticipate. This set is the ideal option for those trying to find an exquisite alternative to add for their group and is among the greatest.

The chess board this wonderful specimen, of masters is regarded as the first Staunton layout and is hand carved. It is the best option for those that love a little extravagance within their own lives and provides chess pieces with leather foundation pads.

We've got several designer chess sets

It is one which immediately makes an impact and an extremely distinctive chess set. The glass that is eye-catching contrasts nicely with all the vibrant colours to generate a kind of chess set you'd be proud to show in your dwelling.

It offers a mixture of playability and originality and allows for simple motion of play.
We understand the significance of growth and education from a young age, and that's the reason why we give you a variety of chess sets for schools, even for kids. All these are perfect for free time and will offer an easy method to boost memory and enhance planning forward. The variety comprises:

Schools Bundle
The entire bundle, including clock, chess board and chess piece tote.
A fast approach to play with chess, the roll up chess board enables you the flexibility to play anyplace and anytime, with minimal fuss!
Whether must upgrade your group or you decide order your chess pieces included in the set, there certainly are a wide selection of fashions you may decide to go for, including;

Rosewood – Chess pieces having a slightly reddish tint, all these are for modernizing your chess board, exceptional fashions.
Boxwood –
Ebony – Dark coloured chess pieces that are additionally for the medium to high variety of chess boards.
Chess Boards

We also have chess boards in many different great woods and cater to get a wide selection of budgets at Chessmaze International. Several of those contain:

Rosewood – A chess board using a reddish tint to supply a somewhat unique take on the chess board that is conventional.
Sycamore – Top quality chess board was uncovered on by a design of wood, sycamore is light in colour using a gentle grain throughout.
Wenge – Accessible on the board that is deluxe, this wood provides an exquisite appearance to your own chess board and is dark in colour.
Walnut – Dark having a grain that is bright, this really is a beautiful kind of wood for your own chess board.
Sycamore – Light colour with grain that is light.
Chess Computers and Applications

In case you would rather take a modern approach to your own chess playing, we are able to give you an array of applications and computers for your entire requirements. Included in these are;

Chess Android

Having many different programs on this 4G tablet PC, you build on your own present strengths and can develop new varieties of play. As you progress, you love learning more in regards to the game and can upgrade the tablet PC with an increase of programs.

These give you a handy strategy to come up with your chess skills at your personal pace.
Which Chess Set is Most Beneficial For My Needs?
Now that you're equipped using the information you have on pieces, chess boards and sets, what could be the correct option to your selection and it’s time to take into consideration your own level of skill.
Playing for the Very First Time?

It could possibly be recommended to start off with among the chess sets from your worthiness range, and that means you will get a concept of how you can play if you're totally new to chess. It are often worth it to take into account investing in a DVD, where you are able to learn strategies that are different and how you can begin from the start. As you progress, the larger degrees of DVD’s always have the option to attempt and build as much as the medium range of chess boards to improve your pleasure of the sport.

Professional or team Player?

In the event you desire to be a professional or play for a team, why don't you pick a chess set that you simply could be proud showing off and take a review of the designer or extravagance variety!

Seeking something special?
In the event that you'd like to obtain a chess set to get a loved one’s birthday or Christmas, you may choose to choose an option from your mid to high-end range (depending how much you adore them!)
Playing for Pleasure?

The chess boards for schools are well suited for playing for pleasure or the midrange should you would like to play in the home with family or friends.

Bored using the conventional?
Should you don’t enjoy the concept of the original chess sets and want technology, don’t despair as you'll find a lot of applications and games consoles to decide on from. All these are developed for those that enjoy their gadgets but in addition would like to get the most from their chess playing.
There you possess the whole round up of what we could supply you with with a lot more. Chess is an exciting game that will be fantastic for learning as well as the prevalence of the sport is continuing to grow. We could possibly offer quick delivery to you and you'll be pleased using quality as well as the exceptional style of our products. Now, take advantage of our special offers and appreciate improving your own skills and capabilities.
Posted by Carl Miceli on 26 April, 2017 Read more →

Chess for Kids

It has been proven that playing chess is definitely an incredible learning assistance and increase improvement for all ages, especially for small people. All activities including methods, man-oeuvres could be academic and understanding guidelines and help to keep the abilities of the mind up.

Enjoying this sport assists kids utilizing the easiest way and also their interpersonal abilities to talk an important component in existence, to others that's daily.
It is a common sport that will be truly getting used within college applications which are academic everywhere through the world today-a-days as its numerous and exceptionally effective in increasing storage capabilities. College chess pieces can be found to become purchased online in an inexpensive that was value by everyone.

A - Chess set features a chess-board, 32 chess pieces along side a couple of things. The chess-board might be produced out-of various material going to steel from basic cardboard, amazing hardwoods in addition to glass. Devoted online chess store to consider the precise best chess pieces to UK internet clients within the exact best expenses, Chess Web Worldwide is internet marketing professionals and many e-commerce which are focused on showing the online purchase experience that is most truly effective.

Selecting Panels and Correct Chess Pieces
For Chess people, selection of the correct items and also panel is significant between the most important endeavor they'll do. You'll wind up thinking in case your steps is likely to be utilized basically like a show-piece or for enjoying aim or equally.

You need to discover about the exemplary quality your financial allowance allows, since having an excellent chess may endure for an incredibly very long time and could get to relatives if you should be selecting to purchase a chess-board. Furthermore, you'll notice that people may handle you will want participant that's organized once they uncover initiatives and the full time you place in determining your created chess set. You need to observe the greatest look of one's items, while buying a competition style panel, particularly provided and also fat that's correct.

The reason having items installing each other when determining in the panel in addition to the items, you'll discover that fulfilling towards the attention and is pleasant to perform. You're likely to leap within the opportunity to purchase more items that are durable accepting you wish to utilize them often for competitions or exclusively. About buying heavy plastic items in the place of additional items which are costly you might contemplate. But selecting the collection that is right may make sure should you desire to perform using the Chess, you will soon be organized.

Chessmaze is just a grasp provider for chess boards and components. You're acquiring all of much more and these specific things you need to simply visit with Chess Network Worldwide

Then look if you should be buying chess organization that truly cares about its clients and after-sales support. At Chessmaze we're specialists in everything chess! Business runs, we shine in providing quality. We've been for more than 20 years in e-commerce and therefore are nevertheless as passionate once we were your day we started trading long ago in 1993. Then be assured our knowledge is second-to-none if you should be searching for chess pieces available. We're an extremely happy Language Organization providing well priced chess boards and items. Today purchase from us and select a British organization you are able to trust, create the transfer that is best!
Posted by Carl Miceli on 25 April, 2017 Read more →

Staunton Chess Sets

You're surely comfortable with the Staunton design of chessmen even in the event that you aren't an enthusiastic chess player. They're the very image which arrives to the heads of just what a chess piece resembles, of the majority of folks and they've become interchangeable with the game. They can be the standard by which all chessmen are made and they may be the layout stipulated for tournament play, formally designated as such from the World Chess Federation in 1924 in the tenets of chess.

Why is this unique layout the classic example of chessmen the planet over and where did the layout originate?

This is a brief history of the Home of Staunton and it is organization with all the 'Royal Game.'

The requirement for a Design Overhaul?
The game of chess has existed for centuries but actually did not become popular. There was no standard layout for chessmen. Players and their particular chessmen, created by the big designers and makers of the day like French Regence Lund, Merrifield, Calvert, Saint George, and Selenus played.

The primary issue with one of these chessmen was in their layout; the sets were impractical, the chessmen were too similar in look and they were expensive to producer. The pieces were occasionally overly elaborate for practical use, occasionally too flimsy, and at times just plain perplexing when seen on a chessboard.

This really is the part in chess history where the sport is joined by our principal figures.

The players:

Nathaniel Cook: Entrepreneur, newspaper editor, and also the registrar and formally-named designer of the 'Staunton design' chessmen.

Howard Staunton: Shakespearean scholar and unofficial World Chess Champ and ability of the times.

There exists no dispute that it had been supported and named, and that there was an overhaul of the layout of chessmen, that it was formally accredited to and enrolled by Nathanial Cook for Howard Staunton. There's, nevertheless, the impetus with this redesign came from continued criticisms from his customers on the impracticalities of present layouts, and some conjecture the layout was initially conceived by John Jaques himself.

Whichever way it occurred, the outcome is the same: The Staunton layout chessmen are outstanding in look, stability, and functionality to any present chessmen of the time and keep to function as standard bearer to today.

The 'Staunton Design' set was freely available 1849 , on 29 September.

The Layout Difference
Irrespective of height and the uncertainty of present chess sets, the similarities in the looks of chessmen of a set, combined with the reality that competitors and their very own unique set frequently played, that caused a significant issue. The inability of a player to recognize Queen, Bishop, or a King within an adversary's set of chessmen could cost them the match.

There are several crucial elements in the Staunton Layout that make the difference:

- Certainly defined pieces. As an example, the King is instantly identifiable by the Queen along with his crown . The pieces are various heights to allow them to be looked at and differentiated by the opposing players from one another.

The layout continues to be elegant in its simplicity, but using a hand that is better -feel.

- The chessmen were shortened general, given a broader, more secure foundation, and weighted for stability that was greater. The undersides of the pieces were covered in felt to relieve friction.

The comparative simplicity of layout also caused it to be more easy to mass produce, and for that reason less expensive. 
Posted by Carl Miceli on 20 April, 2017 Read more →


Looking for a store where you can find real chess sets? Chess sets are made from varieties of material; it comes in different styles and is used for various purposes so you should be sure of what you are looking for. Chess is a game that demands little practice and knowledge because it is a game of skill and strategy and once you have learned chess game, it is a fun and relaxing game that will get you hooked especially if you are playing with someone who is superb at it. When chess sets are mentioned, most people thinks it only come in wood, but there are actual other materials that chess set is made from. This information will help you if you are looking for the right chess sets.


If you are a newbie to playing the game of chess, then you will find a few types of chess sets interesting. The Magnetic sets will enhance your chess play when you are on a road trip in a vehicle, on a flight or when on break at work. It eliminates the worries about the pieces moving or been scattered when you are not around the Board. Some newbies choose to play with wooden chess sets which can be found in varieties of styles. Some wood chess sets come with plastic chess pieces, and some come with durable wood pieces. You can also find folding chess sets that are made of wood and provides storage for the pieces when you aren’t playing the game.


For the advanced chess player, you may want to choose the chess sets that have a few more to offer. Since most beginner/ newbies chess sets are usually low end and design mostly for players that are new to the game or player who wants to learn the game and acquire the skills before they invest in chess sets on the next level. You will find high-quality sets for advanced players; chess sets that we durable with longevity lifespan. There is a variety of wood that the chess chats and piece are made out of which still gives you the playing satisfactions. You will pay more for professional chess sets but of a high-quality guarantee.


If you are shopping chess sets for children, you will find several great children chess sets that the kid will love playing with, such like the Disney chess sets that feature characters of their favorite Disney movies. Children chess sets are elegant, beautiful and durable so perfect for them to bring forth their fantasy as they learn how to play the chess game. There are several interesting chess sets for kids you may choose from. Regardless of the type of chess sets, you want to buy; there are many selections of chess sets to choose from, the theme, design, and material you will find a perfect one that you will enjoy playing.

Posted by Carl Miceli on 20 March, 2017 Read more →

Exotic Materials used to make Chess Piece Sets

1. Various exotic timbers are used in the creation of our chess set collection, exotic hardwood such as Sandalwood, Ebony, Rosewood and Boxwood. Only the finest choice cuts of these timbers qualify for use in production. The artisans are particular in their choice of what is considered "usable" We work closely with our appointed manufacturers to ensure only the very best materials are prepared for use with our range of chess sets

2. Investing in a Limited Edition Chess Set is worthy of serious consideration for those whom want to invest in a commodity that will most definitely increase/ appreciate in value over time. Our Limited chess sets are hand carved using expensive and very rare wood such as red sandal wood and ebony, both of which are available only in restricted quantities. There is a shortage of these exotic woods as they are not sustainable, and therefore buying now whilst available makes complete sense as an investment.

3. 1. Buying your chess sets from The Chess Company gives you complete peace of mind, knowing we are industry leaders and have been in this business for many years. There is a growing concern for customers buying on-lineMany start up companies are falsely claiming to be well established suppliers of chess sets and boards etc.....hardly! Some of these companies are no more than 2 years in the business however they blatantly deceive the customer with false information, in reality they have not earned their stripes! Put aside these concerns, order from a well established English chess company you can trust

Posted by Carl Miceli on 21 January, 2017 Read more →

What do you look for when buying a chess set?

There are a number of particulars that I look for in Gear, including Wooden Chess pieces in quality wood , luxury boards and storage cartons.

The first thing I examine would be the Chess set. Of course I do keep in your mind the dimensions of the table when choosing the Chess items, but only for proportional sizing of the setup that is complete. When selecting Chess items there's undoubtedly some facets I'd like to observe in a set I consider purchasing.

The facet of some Chess pieces that I look for is the common design. The Staunton fashion continues to be the common in the Usa and Europe for a long time. So many models whom I consider are of the common Staunton design.
There are several different Staunton designs created until the overdue 1960’s from 1849. Of course this really is a matter of individual style and some I do not care for, although a few of these sets I find really interesting.

With that though, I look for the size of the pieces, using the King height and base dimension as conventional measures. The first factor I determine is whether I 'm searching for a larger club measured set where the King height is more than 4”, the more normal tournament measured set with the King peak being between 3.6” to 4.0”, or an inferior measured set with the King height varying from about 3.0” - 3.5”. Once this really is determined I then carry on to look at the bit details.

Then I determine colour or a wood kind of the set that I need. Most units have Boxwood as the items that are light. For the dark parts I prefer the Ebonized (black discolored) parts over the Ebony due to crispiness of the timber. Of course there are also the Rosewood kinds that I also love. And you'll find some very nice units that have the dark pieces discolored in an additional or Mahogany sort of reddish or brown. I determine what coloring and hardwoods I'm seeking for and then carry on.

The Soldier is the most complicated part of a Chess sets, so basically locate this good I look at the Soldier layout to notice. Then I seem at the layout, after which the Rook, Queen, King in order. Of course I would like the items to be proportional in both dimensions and design to each other.
I then have a look at the standard of the workmanship of the parts. Once again the Soldier is the most complicated and may show the quality of workmanship foremost and first. However, the items that are other also will show the quality of workmanship.
I then take a look at the cost of the established. If the cost is within a competitive range of additional units with related designs and quality, then I will buy the established and am happy.

I 've found only several areas on the internet, that offers and manages large quality models at a fair price, largely in the whole world. One of those areas is here . 3 sets are actually owned by me from this provider while they are in Britain and I-live in America.

Then I seem to discover a panel which will fit the parts in both dimensions and colouring after selecting the pieces. Of course I tend not to desire as the pieces may subsequently have the inclination be lost on the identically colored piazzas that are darkish the shadowy hardwoods to be the identical complement. Nevertheless, I do want the squares that are dark to match and complement the darkish parts. I also desire to observe a complement that is fine with the light-colored items and the board shade.
I then examine the rectangular size. To determine this into a percentage to be given by that I choose the base dimension of the King and break up the square dimensions,. I have identified that a percent range of 68% - 77% works best for me. I shall look at how big the pieces as well-though. Sometimes a set will appear bigger than a-square dimensions would be predicted on by the King base dimension. And occasionally it will look smaller. This can be where pictures are very convenient. Using the criteria that were above I have truly never had a bad piece and panel blend.

Finally I look at the chess storage box to maintain the established. For a nice set that stays in my own house I look for a nice hard-wood box that's enough space to hold the set. Normally there's a lock on the box that stops pieces and the an accidental beginning receding. I need the hinges on this box and additional components to be various other good looking alloy or brass. Of program I want the box to help you to maintain the established that I am purchasing totally.

Once again I 've found to he a great supply to look for and buy all the gear I'd like to play a nice game of Chess.

Posted by Carl Miceli on 06 September, 2016 Read more →

Go for the Luxury Heirloom Chess Set

Chess is a practice that requires great skill, enthusiasm and a love for the game if start to defeat on your competitors and you are actually going to become a master expert, on a national and international scale. Not everyone that loves chess needs to participate in world-wide events and tournaments, obviously, some only want to sit back at home and play with relatives and buddies.

With every loss can come a learning lesson that is greater than with a win the knowledge of the game constantly expands with every game you play and some would argue.

Luxury chess sets just must be seen and used to be truly valued, in the designer marble chess boards, through and glow a luxurious chess set actually does make playing the game feel so specific, whilst playing. Imagine your favourite game with an unique set of chess pieces, that happen to be designed by one of the world’s leading designers and you may just find a variety of these sets available worldwide – this is when you are going to truly understand why a luxury chess board is worth every penny that you simply pay for this.

Go for Extravagance?

Luxury gifts are of course not for everyone. They may be normally more costly as you're paying for a high quality, commonly semi-unique luxury item, which is when you compare a luxury thing to its conventional equivalent, you are going to have to pay a bit or a lot more. But this can be precisely the same for anything, then you realize that you are going to purchase it if you can afford a luxury item,, as high-end, high quality items are higher priced as you are paying for something that is, put simply, the greatest.

Luxury presents are often presents the recipient will recall, use or look at in joyous wonder for ever more, which can be why if you have a family member, close friend or co-worker that just adores chess, then what better present than chess or a high-end chess set board? Imagine the pleasure, the delight, the enormous satisfaction when they receive an unique, handcrafted chess set that they're going to manage to not only appreciate for ever more, but that is also something that has tremendous value, both financial and emotional – a gift beyond all gifts, you could say.

Luxury frequently lasts longer than normal, and the thought and dedication that goes into making a brand or product worthy of the label, luxurious, is of course high, but the attention to detail is often what actually makes something acceptable for the high-end tag. Luxury often means different things to different individuals, which is why when you buy a chess enthusiast or professional a high-end chess board or chess set, you then can rest assured that you will be purchasing them a present which will be cherished, adored and used, providing you with the enormous satisfaction that you did right by purchasing luxury, and that yes, this word really does mean a lot.

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Origins of the greatest Board Game- Chess

When it comes to something as old as the game of chess, its development along with the origins tend to be obscured. The major causes for this are the dearth of particular advice, the impossibility to date and arrange in a chronological sequence even the accessible info and sometimes the inability to examine the veracity of the files that are existent. Without going on a trail that is wrong that the first games of chess were played in Asia yet, we can affirm.

There have been voices finding the origins of chess in China. According to them, the game of chess was created in the 2nd century B.C. However, written documents that could attest the existence of chess in China appeared in just in 7th century A.D. Another place claiming the primacy in chess history is the classic nation situated on the actual lands of Iran, Persia. Other places mentioned as the incipient stage in the chess history are Japan, China and India.

The intro of Chess on the Old Continent has a precise instant in the history that is international and that is the 8th century when Spain has been seized by the Moors. The barbarians have brought with them this skill game. It's reported that Haroon-al-Rashid, the Persian leader has personally given a chess set to Charlemagne as present.

The rules of classic chess were rather different, in addition to the names of the figurines active in the game, although the chess game was fairly similar to what we know now. For example, what we nowadays call the tower has been first an elephant, then an elephant with a tower in its back. The tower was chosen as a simpler replacement, because the elephant was fairly hard to carve.

Another exceptionally interesting thing to note is the fact that at the minute the game of check was played on an unchequered board. The chequered board was introduced by the Europeans, hence making the game more captivating too as more exact.

In the 11th century, the chess was primarily a game this is why it was also named the kings game” that is “. The first international chess contest was held in London in 1851. The place had not been picked at random of we come to believe that s London became the epicentre of chess world.

Since then, the popularity of chess grew and with it the number of tournaments focused on chess players. In 1976 there were about 100 chess contests, while in 1990 there have been reported more than 1000 tournaments that are similar.

Nowadays chess is available to all those willing to learn it. Due to the extensive option of chess materials acceptable for all budgets, even people with low incomes are able to afford to purchase a chess set and appreciate the greatness of this game that is classic. Additionally, with the development of technology, special apparatus mimicking chess playing can be found available on the market. They truly are called chess computers and are an excellent add-on for chess addicts looking for partners willing to spend all day playing with chess
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