Chess Pieces

A game of chess is absolutely nothing without the chess pieces themselves. We can wholeheartedly say a game of chess is enjoyed by a varied number of audiences. Although this game of chess dates back over a couple of hundred years ago. We stock a range of different chessmen and although we are new to the frame of chess pieces, our team is continually looking at the opportunity to add new and more chessmen of different sizes and styles. We have collectively gone out to search for the best and highest quality chessmen. Our Chessmen are brought in by our team from a range of different countries, however for the traditional staunton chessmen, these are brought in primarily from Amritsar India. Amritsar is the central hub and epicentre of quality hand carved staunton chessmen, artisans who are highly skilled with their craft use blocks of solid sheesham, boxwood, rosewood, ebony wood and bud rosewood to carve each and every small detail on these chessmen.

Staunton Chess Pieces

Staunton chessmen are the most common term used to phrase weighted staunton pieces that were initially introduced by an Englishman Howard Staunton. Staunton was a chess master regarded as one of the greats of his time between 1843 and 1851. Towards the later years of his chess career, Staunton started to write under the chess column focusing on board play. Together with Nathaniel Cooke, Staunton realised at the time a range of different chessmen were available and these chessmen were made of varied size, weight and designs. He also noticed that whilst playing these chessmen were significantly unstable and brittle. Therefore Staunton and Cooke together introduced the Original Staunton chessmen which were durable, well weighted and long lasting. These staunton chessmen are now crafted in a range of different designs, most of which are staunton chess pieces but of different designs and now commonly named after chess masters who made their fame during their career.

Popular Designs

German Staunton

Commonly known as German Staunton and can sometimes be called as a Downhead set of chessmen. This set is crafted from blocks of wood with felt placed on every single piece to prevent any damage to the chess board surface Each piece has been finished with great attention to detail. A Downhead or German Staunton set is commonly characterised by the knight, with running diagonal lines and a closed mouth, almost with a stubborn nature. A staunched rook and engaraved bishop give this unique set it’s name.

French Lardy Series

French Lardy and can sometimes be called as a French Knight set of chessmen. This set is crafted from blocks of wood with felt placed on every single piece to prevent any damage to the chess board surface. Each piece has been finished with great attention to detail. A French Lardy Staunton set is commonly characterised by the knight, with horizontal lines running across the vertebrae and a closed mouth, almost with a stubborn nature. A staunched rook and engraved bishop give this unique set it’s name.

Atlantic Staunton Series

The Atlantic Series or more commonly known as Classic Staunton Chessmen are individually made from single blocks. This particular staunton design is very common and popular, including a hat bishop and a staunch rook. The knights have small lined ears and a visible smile of their teeth, each and every piece evidently shows it’s very own character, individually carved from our artisans. These pieces may represent an addition to your already large collection of staunton pieces they are also a pleasure to play chess with and will endure plenty games of joy.

Fierce Knight Series

A fantastic set of quality staunton chessmen in the Fierce Knight design. This set is crafted from blocks of wood with felt placed on every single piece to prevent any damage to the chess board surface. These Fierce Knight Staunton chess pieces are polished to give a natural finish by very skills craftsmen who design some of the worlds most famous and high quality chessmen and chess sets. Each piece has been finished with great attention to detail. A Fierce Knight Staunton set is commonly characterised specifically by the knight, with hair almost unique running across the vertebrae,cross checks on the neck and solid indentations on it’s chest. A staunched rook and engraved bishop give this unique set it’s name

Morphy Series

We have here the Professional Staunton chess pieces or sometimes regarded as the Paul Morphy Series of 1884.
These particular chess pieces are carved from blocks of wood. This particular series of chessmen is named after a famous American Chess player called Paul Charles Morphy who sadly passed away in 1884. Regarded as one of the greats of his generation Morphy had an excellent yet brief career in chess. Morphy gained his true status after consistently defeating some of the chess greats of his type, in particular Hungarian chess great Johann Lowenthal at a very young age. These pieces are carved in honour of the late great Paul Morphy,using the highest and perfect quality of woods and polished with a smooth yet natural finish

Zagreb Series

The Zagreb Chess Pieces common called the Zagreb 1959 Series after the world championship tournament held in Zagreb, Croatia in the year 1959. This particular design of chessmen stands out significantly in comparison to other staunton pieces. In particular the top portion of the 3 main pieces, king, queen and bishop holding the opposition colour. The knight quite visible, well carved with strokes across it’s vertebrae and almost bowing downwards. This particular piece almost shows a design relating to other Russian chess piece designs

Reykjavik Series

he Reykjavik Staunton Chess Series can commonly be called the Bobby Fischer or Jacob Knight or even the Jacques Staunton Series. This particular set of chess pieces has a range of different names depending on the chess store you will tend to shop at. The term Reykjavik series often takes after this particular name due to the infamous chess tournament held in 1972 Iceland. This tournament was held between 2 chess masters in Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, the former of course came our victorious in this final championship. This particular final is recorded in history as potentially one of the best. The term Jacques staunton is famous for this particular pieces as the Jacques of London initially introduced this particular set of chessmen. Indeed now all of these staunton pieces are reproductions of the design

Other Chessmen

Although we understand the staunton chessmen are heavily popular with our chess sets and chess pieces, we also stock a range of different chess pieces, this including metal roman chessmen in a range of different sizes. We at Chessgammon are always open to suggestions based on the requirements of our customers and we are always able to source a range of different products.

Chess Pieces by Size

We stock a vast range of chess pieces available to you as the customer. Commonly most chess pieces are famous in the 3.75 to 4 inch range, this is simply because this particular size meets the exact specifications of a world tournament chess championship. Championship Chess tournaments involve a 20 Inch board with 3.75 inch chess pieces. A range of ornate designs may be involved in a slightly larger size of 4 inch to 4.25 inch and therefore tend to be hard to source and manufacture. At Chessgammon we stock pieces as small as 2.75 inch ranging to 4 inch currently, however this should change as we are in the process of introducing a larger luxury range of chess pieces that will be available with a storage box. A key measurement that we can tend to forget is also the base of each piece. The chess piece should encompass more than 80% of each board, giving some room between itself and other neighbouring pieces. This is indeed a measurement that can vary based on the type of ornate pieces you may have due to the varied number of sizes with these pieces. On the other hand we shouldn’t have pieces that are too small for the board as this may give the appearance of the board almost looking empty.

Our Promise to You

Although we predominantly specialise in products in our online chess store, we also invite our customers to come and visit our warehouse to view our luxury chess sets first hand. We are sure you will indeed not forget a chess set from Chessgammon whilst you play chess.

Delivery & Returns Assurance

We have also offered a free UK delivery on all of our products with the option for a free 30 day, no quibble no fuss returns policy. We ensure each and every piece that gets sent directly from our warehouse is checked one by one to make sure the set you play with has no defects and ofcourse with this will come many games of fun across the years. Our great staunton chess sets all come with a king height at 3 3/4 inch and 2 queens to complete a full set of chess. Each piece that we include is of a good quality to ensure you the customer are completely satisfied with the product or products you have chosen from us.

Experience

We at Chessgammon have many years and years of experience with chess sets, we indeed regards ourselves as professionals in the traditional games of chess and backgammon. Indeed to acquire such products and dealing with a vast network of our suppliers from around the globe, these years of experience certainly come in hand. What this means for our customers is that they will receive a product with very high quality at very affordable and cheap prices.

Sales

Certainly at Chessgammon we part take in a large sale towards the end of the year to ensure you the customer can make ideal use during the festive seasons of black friday, cyber monday and in preperation for Christmas. The sale is across all of our products of chess and backgammon including the accessories to make sure you have the right gifts for your friends and family.