Indeed we have to take alot into account when selecting the ideal chess set. There a handful factors such as the chess board, the chessmen, storage box, the colours involved, budget, indeed these sets in our premier chess company we have ensured that we have picked the best chess pieces with high quality chess boards. These sets all come with a free storage box included with one complete chess set, to ensure your chessmen are completely safe. Our chess boards and chess pieces have been carefully selected from a range of different countries to ensure that you have a vast collection of quality sets to choose from. We stock a range of different chess sets from classic to luxury that ensure we meet your budget. Our team have carefully taken time out to make sure the chess pieces we have chosen for each and every chess boards are perfectly matching, these also include a storage box to keep your pieces safe. If you are after a quality chess set and want perfect value for money, rest assured you have come to the correct destination. Although we have a whole host of different chess sets with a wonderful selection of chosen styles, we have make sure this has not compromised on the quality and the standard of chess set you receive. These products have been acquired from the most highly skilled artisans and suppliers to ensure we meet these quality control standards by checking each and every piece one by one. We hope you enjoy surfing through the vast range of different styles and feel free to pop up via our live chat feature for any questions you may have.
Chess Board, Veneered and Hand carved Solid Wood Boards.
A chess set starts off with the foundation with the chess board itself and indeed there are many consideration to the type of chess board you would select. Our stock is manufactured and imported from suppliers who produce with the finest quality chess sets. Our chess board are manufactured in Spain, Poland and Turkey, our relationship with our suppliers enables us to offer these sets for very reasonable prices. Indeed The surface of the board itself is very important, a matt surface will sustain very few scratches in your many years of use in comparison to a polished surface and therefore this is the reason why tournament chess board will indeed have a matt surface. Each staunton chess set should accompany pieces with a velvet felt to prevent any rough surface damage. We at Chessgammon have ensured that our list of products meets the highest quality standards.
Chess Board Materials
The board itself is crafted from a range of different materials, such as metal,resin,card,leather but the most common and popular material is ofcourse wood due to it’s beautiful properties. The properties of wood allow easy craftsmanship and will tend to be the most popular playing surface with chess enthusiasts and collectors.
Chess Board Size
Next we move onto the size of the board itself, the common chess set found is the ‘staunton chess set’ itself which is a combination of weighted staunton chess pieces on a 20 inch chess board. Indeed there is specific specification to allow playing to be alot easier with the board and the pieces repectively. A standard set should be a 20 inch board with squares ideally the size between 2 and 2 1/2 inch to make sure the pieces are not overlapping one another. The pieces themselves should be of a certain and size, the king being ideally 3 3/4 inch. The size of pieces and their customisation will indeed mean it can be down to a range of preferences.
Chess Pieces, Staunton Chessmen and Metal Alloy Pieces
The next component forming a chess set is the chess pieces themselves. As mentioned in the previous section the chess pieces in order to meet tournament specification would need to be ideally a size of 3 3/4 in size to ensure that playing surface is not crowded. Ofcourse the chessmen can come in a whole host of different designs and shape, we can indeed find metal chess pieces along with resin Isle of Lewis chessmen depending on your particular interest.
Chess Pieces Material
The most common woods used to make these chessmen from blocks of solid wood are boxwood, sheesham wood, rosewood and bud-rose wood. These staunton chessmen are reproductions of famous designs from various different chess tournaments taken place in the past where the pieces take the name of the venue,city or even the name of the grand master themselves. Often wood is the preferred choice of material that tends to be used due to the availability of the material the characteristics of the material to take many forms after careful craftsmanship. The chessmen are crafted from solid blocks of wood as every piece is carefully cut by hand to ensure each piece has it’s very own intricate designs. All of our staunton chessmen are embedded with a hidden weight just above the base to ensure the game of chess you play is smooth and seamless. The weight allows the piece to be balanced, particularly in blitz game play where movement of the chessmen has to occur quickly to enable the players to win before the timer is complete.
Chess Pieces History
The constant movements would mean the chess pieces have a higher chance of falling and so the weight would balance the pieces to prevent this from happening. Weighted pieces are again one of the characteristics mentions by Howard Staunton himself to ensure tournament games can be played without these defects. These chess pieces indeed should also come with a base layered with velvet felt to make sure no damage is sustained to the board. Our chess pieces are handcrafted by the best artisans from the epicentre of handicraft in Amritsar, India.
Our Classic Range Chess Set
These chess sets are particularly for those who would like to alternate between the game of chess and backgammon together. We have combined a large number of boards with a vast number of different designs to accompany ashwood chess pieces. These boards are surfaced with an overlay design but carefully manufactured and finished with an elegant gloss. These particular chess sets have a wonderful selection of great designs, these designs have been handpicked y our staff to suit the design of becoming a 2 in 1 chess and backgammon set. These particular chess sets are indeed large but predominantly useful for those wanting to play both games of chess and backgammon whilst on their travels, or perhaps even a foldable and compatible chess set. This particular chess set comes with a complete set of backgammon pieces in 35 mm size and a set of 32 chessmen to play chess. Both sets of pieces are presented in a soft velvet pouch to keep the pieces separate but safe together with their respective sets. We ensure these sets are packaged well in a delivery box to ensure the quick delivery is safe, sound and well protected. We have made sure we chosen design that you as the customer prefer, selecting a range of designs that are natural and a board with quality and functionality to last many games. A order that you will not regret with our careful quality control process. Although these boards fit into our economy range, we have made sure we have sets that cater for all budgets and the prices we set are the most competitive.
Our Original Range Chess Set
These wooden board boards and wooden chess sets enable you to travel and play simultaneously. The board itself is compatible to store the piece to play while on the go. Considering it is important to have a good and well built chess board to include the chess pieces, we have made sure that our travel chess sets enable you store the pieces in the compartments provided. These chess boards and chess pieces are handcarved and each piece is inserted by hand with our skilled artisans based in Amritsar India. These chess sets take weeks of preparations to enable to quality of the wood meets your expectations. We then ensure that once the handiwork has been completed, the set gets a smooth polish. These boards are wonderful to use for travel, perfect to carry and compatible enough to also store the many pieces a chess set comes with. The chess pieces are also crafted to match the colour of the chess board, each piece is intricately carved and has taken a large amount of time. We have ensure we at Chessgammon have the highest quality range of chess sets available for you the customer to select from with the finest quality.
Our Premium Range Chess Set
We stock a large number of middle eastern and Turkish hand carved chess sets with carefully selected staunton chess pieces. These chess sets are hand carved with mother of pearl insets by our manufacturers based in turkey. No doubt that wood is the most popular of materials and with these chess sets we stock a vast range of solid ebony and walnut chess boards that accompany a range of staunton chess pieces. We have ensured the woods we have chosen for you are amongst the rare and most valuable to find in the world and made sure these are perfectly compatible for the staunton chess pieces we have. These chess boards have come in from Helena wood arts that come in solid walnut,ebony and rosewood and have been included with wooden staunton chess pieces and a wonderful wooden chess storage box. We have ensured these handmade board form the high quality chess set we have in our collection with wonderful chessmen. These boards are indeed made custom to a tournament standard as these sizes are highly popular with our customer base.
Our Metal Range Chess Set
Our carefully selected range of metal chess sets are available in a range of different sizes. These chess sets are made in Greece and take a significant amount of time to perfect and manufacture, including it’s very own chessmen. The main theme we have aligned ourselves has been the Roman Emperor, this proving to be the most popular with our buyers. Each piece has been designed and sculpted by hand with great attention to detail. These chess pieces are made with a zinc and nickle alloy to ensure it’s longevity and prevent and long term wear. Each piece is padded with black felt to allow easy manoeuvrability on your metal chess board. We have predominantly selected the roman design across all of our metal chess sets to signify the importance of Greek mythology. Each piece is crafted with the use of the finest handcrafted moulds to ensure there is consistency across each set and more important each piece. These pieces come in two particular colours, a gold and silver finish on 3 surface colours of Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green to select from. In our Metal range we also include a range of tournament flat veneered boards with the finest finish and exquisite surface to play with. The moulds used to craft these pieces are very specific with great attention to detail to portray the vast amount of history in the Greek culture.
Our Executive & Master Range Chess Set
Last but not least, our new tournament chess range. You may wonder what the size or what a tournament chess set may look like? A tournament chess set will include a 20 inch chess board with 3 and 3/4 inch chess pieces. These chess sets will come in different shapes and colours but will tend to maintain this size. We feel it is also important to talk about the square size of each board, where the playing field needs to be adequate for a good game of chess. The square size for a tournament chess set should be between 2 and 2.5 inches to suit the 3 and 3/4 sized chessmen. These particular staunton chess sets are the chess sets we commonly find in most chess stores and tend to be the most famous in tournaments and a vast number of chess enthusiasts. Indeed our vast combination of chess sets included a veneered chess board made in Spain, where the veneered board is checked one by one before being layered. These chess boards are supplied with staunton chessmen that has been crafted from blocks of solid wood by skilled artisans in Amritsar India. We have ensured the vast range of chess boards are perfectly compatible to suit this tournament size and to allow you to replicate your very own chess tournament at home!
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.
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.
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.