Monthly Archives: July 2013

Staunton Brings Affluence

Staunton is undoubtedly the most acknowledged style of chess set worldwide today. Conceived in the mid 1800′s it soon became the classic design for chess pieces and has been emulated ever since. Nathaniel Cook designed the blueprint, and they are named after Howard Staunton.

The chess pieces designed by Nathaniel were ebony and boxwood sets loaded with lead to make provision for added stability and the underneath of each piece was enclosed with felt. This brought the players the hallucination that the chessmen were floating across the chessboard. Exclusive ivory sets were designed from African ivory. The size of king ranged from 3 1⁄2 to 4 1⁄2 inches (89 to 110 mm) and the sets extensively came in a carton-pierre case, each set bearing a replica of Staunton’s signature under the lid.

The Staunton pieces broadly appear like columns with a voluminous molded base. Knights feature the carved head and neck of a horse. Kings, the tallest pieces of the chess set, top the column with a stylized closed crown surmounted with a cross pattée. Queens are smaller than kings, and feature a coronet surmounted with a tiny ball. Rooks feature crenellated battlements and bishops feature a Western-style mitre. Pawns are the smallest of all and are mounted by a plain ball. Pieces characterizing human characters (the king, queen, bishop, and pawn) feature a flat disk dissecting the body from the head design, termed as collar.

There are now 1000′s of variants of the Staunton style available and new versions are coming out every year in market. At Chessmaze International, range of Staunton chess sets are of the finest quality you will find in UK. We source only from the world’s best producers where quality comes before price. Only the finest indexed materials are used along with expert craftsmanship to make you available the best quality chess pieces.

Becoming a True Master at Chess

It’s a long a difficult road when you are trying to become a true master of chess. You shouldn’t think that you have to be a genius to understand the game and be able to play truly well. This is a game of logic, strategy, and being able to anticipate the moves of the other player. When you are just beginning, you will lose a lot and it can become frustrating. If you keep going and keep learning more, you can truly master the game.

  • Play, Play, Play: The best thing you can do to start learning how to master the game of chess is to play the game and play as often as you can. It’s true that practice makes perfect in things like this. You should play against all kinds of people and ask them about their game and tricks they have learned over the years. Way to many people focus their time on reading books and don’t get out there and get lots of practice. You can’t know what to expect until you get out there and give it a try, fail, and try again.
  • Watch Games: One of the best ways that you can learn is to watch more experienced players play the game. You can pick up a lot of tricks when you do this. If you watch other peoples strategy it will help you come up with ways that you can manipulate the game on your own. There are lots of videos out there where you can watch some of the best chess players in the world do what they do best. You may not be as good as them, but learning their moves can help you play against others and make playing you more of a challenge once you get better.
  • Read: It’s not bad to read books based on chess game, just don’t let it monopolize your time when learning. Reading is a great way to understand the basics of the game. You can also learn some strategy from books and also hear the words of the pros when they talked about how they came to be where they are. Books are great for beginners because you do not want to sit down at a table and not even know how the pieces move and so on. You can also learn adaptations of the game and the rather interesting history about the game and how it came about.

Playing Chess: Is Your Child Ready?

Wondering when the right time will be to teach your child how to play chess? Sadly, there is no designated age to start teaching a child. The best time is now, depending on the child’s interest. If you enjoy playing chess, they’ll enjoy learning from you.

A good way to start, with any age, is to teach them about each chess piece, where it goes on the board and where it moves. Encourage them to remember the pieces. Younger children will probably learn this information best as a story, where you can explain the purpose of the piece in a way they can understand, such as, “There was once an old King, and though he was wise and loved by his people, he was not a warrior. He stayed behind his people and hid, moving back and forth. By the King’s side, his Queen was strong, and moved anyway she could to defend him to her final sacrifice.” Once they know the pieces, try making it into a game to keep them interested by asking if they remember what piece does what.

After explaining the pieces, if the child is still interested in playing chess, move on to describing the way the game is played. Show them some different beginner moves. Play a few games, always using the same moves after you reset. Keep playing this way to allow them time to learn to consider moves beyond their present move and predict what your next move will be by paying attention to the pattern and learn to defend and counter moves. Children are sponges and though it may take time and a lot of patience, they will absorb the workings of chess.

Let them win sometimes. Keep it challenging, help them a little, but for most children, if they don’t see an improvement in themselves by winning or almost winning, they will most likely lose interest in the game. Don’t get discouraged if your five-year-old isn’t interested now. You can try again in a few months or a year. Let them learn to love chess.

Keep Active Mentally by Playing Chess

Chess is a game that involves you having to strategize in order outsmart your opponent and take out their king, but there are many other difficult pieces that need to be taken out first if you hope to have a chance at locking your opponent in a checkmate. This makes this quite a mentally challenging game, and keeps your mind constantly moving while playing. Below, you will find that chess positively effects your thinking capability in numerous ways. Memory Enhancement Although you probably won’t get as much of this when you first start playing, many advanced players with memorize strategies from their past experiences that allowed them to win. They have to work to recall these strategies move by move so that they can implement them into their game and assure victory over their opponent. Motor Skills Research has shown that chess actually helps patients with temporary disabilities or strokes to recover faster by improving their motor skills.

Chess requires the player to be able to move pieces in different directions, even in an “L” pattern for one of the pieces. Thinking this through and moving the piece is a great cognitive exercise for recovering patients. ADHD Chess has been shown to help those with ADHD improve their ability to focus on a single task. It requires so much concentration to think ahead and decide what your next move will be, that it keeps the mind too active to lose focus. This helps people with ADHD improve their focusing skills as they learn from playing the game. Depression and Anxiety This game has also been shown to help those with anxiety or depression. It distracts them from what may be bothering them and gives them an outlet that works entirely on self-improvement. Winning matches will also help boost a person’s self-esteem, and in some circumstances it can even help them get one on one social interaction with another human.