Chess Pieces

Quality Chess Pieces For Sale

Chess pieces come in a variety of shapes, sizes, material and designs. Purchasing wooden chess pieces without a chessboard allows you to have more control of the overall aesthetic of your chess set. Typically you will purchase all 16 chessmen at one time, however, you can also purchase varying individual chess pieces for sale to create a truly unique chess combination.

Here at Chessmaze UK, we stock a large variety of chess pieces for sale. We house variations of chess piece materials and styles, so you can be sure to find something to fit your budget and style in our catalogue. We stock everything from the Isle Of Lewis to chessmen to the sough-after Staunton chess pieces, as well as our luxury chess piece range, we stock a large range of economy chess pieces including plastic and wooden chess pieces. If you are unsure of what chess pieces will suit your chessboard, then speak with one of our dedicated professionals online who are on hand to assist with your every need.

What Makes Wooden Chess Sets So Popular?

Traditional chess sets feature six different types of chess piece as listed below:

King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Rook (or Castle) and Pawn.

How Many Chess Pieces Are There In Total?

In a complete chess set, there are 32 chess pieces, 16 on each side. Each side of the board consists of the below (per player):

1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Bishops, 2 Knights, 2 Rooks, 8 Pawns.

Some complete sets offer 34 pieces as they often come with two additional Queens for Pawn promotion.

What Styles Of Chess Pieces Are Available?

There are so many variations of chess pieces available, they come in different materials and styles, from contemporary to traditional.

While more often than not, they are crafted out of fine wood – including oak, mahogany, ebony, and even pine – there are many varying materials available depending on the style and aesthetic you are after, which will help you decide what material to go for. 

Below we have outlined the most popular styles of chess pieces:

Hand Made Wooden Chess Pieces

Wooden chess pieces are sought after for they are both visually pleasing and have great durability. 
Usually, the high-end chess pieces will be crafted using quality, choice woods. They are more luxurious, with beautifully intricate details. 

At Chessmaze UK, our range of chessmen includes a catalogue of quality wooden chessmen crafted by only the best artisans across the globe.

Plastic & Resin Chess Pieces

With resin chess pieces only costing a fraction of the price of woods, it is easy to see why they are becoming more and more popular. Resin chess pieces area greater quality than alternative types of plastic chess pieces, which means that resin is slightly more pricey than generic plastic pieces. 

Staunton Style Chessmen

We all know that the most popular style of chess piece is the style of Staunton. Staunton chess pieces offer a wonderfully traditional take on chessmen and are a favourite amongst collectors and novices alike. The chessmen are recognised by many due to their design that came to life in 1849. The Staunton design is the only style of chess pieces that are accepted to be used in official chess tournaments across the globe.

Magnetic Chess Pieces

Travel chess pieces are wonderful to have for the avid traveller or daily commute to work. They are often economical, light and magnetic, which makes them a delight to bring on journeys. If you are travelling and you would like to enjoy a game of chess whilst you are away, these portable travel chess sets would be the perfect combination for you. Travel chess pieces are more about practicality than beauty.

At Chessmaze UK, our catalogue of travel chess pieces includes a wonderful range of magnetic, wooden, and even cardboard travel chess sets. 

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