Whether you are completely new to playing chess or are a seasoned expert, chess is a game which can bring people together and one where you can develop at your own pace. At Chessmaze International the UK's leading online chess retailer you can find a wide range of chess boards in a variety of styles, such as the Renaissance Hand Painted Brass Chess Set which is ideal for those who are looking for a more luxurious option or the Magnetic Black Chess Set, if you think your loved one may appreciate a travel companion. If you feel that a more modern option may be more suitable, there is also the choice of the Einstein Chess Computer, where you can combine a love for consoles with a passion for the game itself. These are perfect for the younger generation and will help improve their learning and develop their knowledge and skills, allowing them to understand the benefits of healthy competition
What to Look For In Your Chess Set|
What to Look For In Your Chess Set
When it comes to chess, we are spoiled with choice due to the array of chess sets available to us. There are all sorts of styles and designs to choose from and the choice you make will depend on your needs or that of the lucky recipient of the chess board. Whether you are buying for yourself or a loved one, there are several aspects to look out for when selecting the perfect chess set.
Without making any other considerations, the first thing you will need to consider is how much you can realistically afford to spend on the chess set. There are chess boards available in a range of prices and if you are working with a lower budget, you can still find sets which will cater for your needs. There are basic chess sets and those which act as a travel companion, and these are lower in price. However, if you are looking to splash out on your chess board, you will find luxury and designer chess sets at a higher price but with a more lavish look and feel.
As we are all more aware of the environment these days, it may be within your interests to choose a chess set which is eco-friendly. A chess board which is constructed using a solid and stable MDF core will offer an option for those who wish to play their part in protecting the environment. They may be environmentally friendly, but this doesn’t mean they are any less attractive or durable than other types.
Start Learning Early with Chess Sets for School
A game of chess offers many benefits, including the opportunity to learn about different strategies and a way to get to know other players as you share the experience together. It can also open up healthy competition, as you strive to constantly improve on your last game.
In order to become a great chess player, you need to practice regularly and what better time to start than at school, when you are more open to learning and can absorb new information quickly and easily.
With chess sets for school you can set up tournaments in the class room and enjoy a new form of learning, whether as part of your curriculum or for during your breaks. It is also the perfect opportunity to get to know class mates and learn more about them, with the inevitable target of making sure you win!
At Chess Maze UK you will find a wide range of chess boards for schools, in a variety of designs including the roll up chess board which is ideal for putting up and taking down quickly when you are in a hurry to get back to work.
The Staunton Chessmen
Even if you aren't an avid chess player, you are certainly familiar with the Staunton style of chessmen. They are the very image that comes to the minds of most people of what a chess piece looks like and they have become synonymous with the game. They are the standard by which all chessmen are designed and they are the design stipulated in the rules of chess for tournament play, officially designated as such by the World Chess Federation in 1924.
What makes this particular design the classic example of chessmen the world over and where did the design originate?
Here is a short history of the House of Staunton and it's association with the 'Royal Game.'
Why the Need for a Design Overhaul?
The game of chess has been around for centuries but really didn't become popular in the West until the 18th and 19th centuries. Until that time there was no standard design for chessmen. Players played with their own chessmen, created by the big designers and manufacturers of the day such as Lund, Merrifield, Calvert, Saint George, French Regence, and Selenus.
The main problem with these chessmen was in their design; the sets were impractical, the chessmen themselves were too similar in appearance to other pieces in the set, and they were expensive to manufacturer. The pieces were sometimes too flimsy, sometimes too ornate for practical use, and sometimes just plain confusing when viewed on a chessboard. More...