The Staunton Chess Set

Regardless of the possibility that you aren’t an ardent chess player, you are surely acquainted with the Staunton style of chess pieces. They are the very picture that goes to the psyches of a great many people of what a chess piece looks like and they have gotten to be synonymous with the amusement. They are the standard by which all chess sets are planned and they are the configuration stipulated in the principles of chess for competition play, formally assigned all things considered by the World Chess Federation in 1924.

What makes this specific plan the exemplary illustration of chessmen the world over and where did the configuration start?

Here is a short history of the House of Staunton and it’s relationship with the ‘Imperial Game.’

Why the Need for a Design Overhaul?

The session of chess has been around for quite a long time however truly didn’t get to be well known in the West until the eighteenth and nineteenth hundreds of years. Until that time there was no standard outline for chessmen. Players played with their own particular chessmen, made by the enormous originators and makers of the day, for example, Lund, Merrifield, Calvert, Saint George, French Regence, and Selenus.

The primary issue with these chessmen was in their configuration; the sets were unreasonable, the chessmen themselves were excessively comparable in appearance, making it impossible to different pieces in the set, and they were lavish to producer. The pieces were some of the time excessively unstable, some of the time excessively lavish for useful utilize, and once in a while outright befuddling when seen on a chessboard.

This is the part in chess history where our focal figures join the diversion.

The players:

John Jaques of London – A diversion and game assembling organization situated in the Hatton Garden area of London possessed by John Jaques, brother by marriage of Nathaniel Cook.

Nathaniel Cook: Entrepreneur, daily paper manager, and the enlistment center and authoritatively named originator of the ‘Staunton style’ chessmen.

Howard Staunton: Shakespearean researcher and informal World Chess Champion and power of the times.

There is no question that there was an upgrade of the outline of chessmen, that it was authoritatively licensed to and enlisted by Nathanial Cook, and that it was supported and named for Howard Staunton. There is, on the other hand, some theory that the configuration was initially brought about by John Jaques himself, and that the driving force for this overhaul originated from rehashed grumblings from his clients over the impracticalities of existing outlines.

Mr. Jaques, an ivory turner and skilled worker, start discovering a more suitable all around configuration for chessmen. Numerous antiquarians trust that the first plan idea was Jaques’, and that his brother by marriage Nathaniel played a part in the completed outline and was persuaded to enroll it in his own name and persuade Mr. Staunton to support it. Nathaniel Cook was connected with Howard Staunton through the periodical he altered, for which Mr. Staunton distributed articles on chess.

Whichever way it happened, the final result is the same: The Staunton outline chessmen are unrivaled in appearance, security, and execution to any current chessmen of the time and keep on being the standard-carrier right up ’til today.

The patent for an “Elaborate Design for an arrangement of Chess-Men” was enlisted on 1 March, 1849 under the Ornamental Designs Act of 1842. Mr. Staunton by and by marked the first sets furthermore composed the first news-discharge. The ‘Staunton Style’ set was freely accessible on 29 September, 1849.

The Design Difference

Beside the unsteadiness and stature of existing chess sets, the similitudes in the presence of chessmen of a set, alongside the way that adversaries frequently played with their own specific set, that brought on a noteworthy issue. The powerlessness of a player to recognize a King, Bishop, or Queen in a rival’s arrangement of chessmen could cost them the match.

There are a few key components in the Staunton Design that have the effect:

- Clearly characterized pieces. For instance, the King is quickly identifiable by his crown and the Queen by her coronet. The pieces are distinctive statures so they can be seen and recognized from each other by the contradicting players.

- Excessive ornamentation was evacuated. The outline is still exquisite in its effortlessness, yet with a superior hand-feel.

- The chessmen were abbreviated by and large, given a more extensive, more steady base, and weighted for much more noteworthy security. The bottoms of the pieces were secured in felt to simplicity contact.

It was an incredible change over anything in presence and would have gone far even without the eager self-advancement of Harold Staunton. The relative effortlessness of configuration likewise made it less demanding to mass-deliver, and in this way more moderate

10 Qualities You Need to Help You Become a Grandmaster

Not only is playing chess an enjoyable way to spend time, it is also highly beneficial. Chess can help to improve concentration and problem solving skills, as well as many other skills. If you want to become the next Magnus Carlsen, there are certain qualities which will help you get there and the good news is that all of these can be practised until you perfect them.

  1. Good decision making -  Judgement and assessment - In the game of chess, you need to make quick decisions, especially in a competition and as such, you need to be able to have good judgement and be able to assess the situation. The quicker your judgement, the easier it will be to win the game.
  2. Motivated - As with any sport, if you want to do well in chess, you need to have a desire and motivation to do it and to success. The best chess players in the world have motivation and passion, which is why they perform well.
  3. Calm - There are lots of twists and turns in a chess game and you need to be able to keep your cool. Your opponent may take a while to make their decision and there is no use in blowing up at them, as it won’t get you very far in the game.
  4. Good Memory - To do well in a game of chess, you need to remember the moves of opponents and any winning moves you may have. All of these require a good memory.
  5. Discipline - You need to be disciplined to spend enough time studying the art of chess and putting in the many hours required. Chess is no different from any other sport in this respect or in fact any successes of life, you need to be disciplined to succeed.
  6. Innovative - With chess, you need to be able to come up with new moves to surprise your opponent and put them off. As such, innovation is one of the skills required for being successful at chess.
  7. Extensive Chess Knowledge - You won’t get very far without an in-depth understanding of the game, that’s why you need to study, study, study.
  8. Punctual - If you are playing in competitions, it is essential that you are punctual. The quicker you perfect this skill, the better.
  9. Determined - If you want to succeed in anything, you will need to be determined and this is important if you want to do well in chess. It is a competitive sport and you will find that all players of the game are determined, so you should be too.
  10. Respectful - Whether it’s a competition or not, you should always be respectful to your component. The best chess players in the world are respectful of their opponents, even when they are getting beat!



2015 Australian Chess Open

The Australian Chess Open has well and truly kicked off at Castle Hall in Sydney. The event started on the 2nd of January and will run until the 11th January. The total prize fund at stake for the competition is 20,250 (Australian Dollars), with the first prize being 6,000 (Australian Dollars.) The prize fund for the 2015 Australian Chess Open is at the highest ever for a chess event in Australian, so it’s all up for grabs!

The best of the best in the world of chess are out to test their wits against each other, with a total of 150 participants and 16 GM’s. The favourite from the competition is GM Ni Hua from China, who currently has a lead of 100 points ahead of GM Murtas Kazhgaleyey from Kazakhstan.

The Australian Blitz Championships are ready to kick off soon, with 11 rounds to be played at 5 minutes each. It will be exciting to find out the results over the next few days and which chess player will pick up this amazing cash prize. With all ages and levels participating in the event, it’s anyone’s guess who will become the success story of the event.

If you find yourself with a new appetite for chess after watching the 2015 Australian Chess Open, you’re definitely not the only one! We love chess at Chessmaze International and are watching this fascinating Australian Open with baited breath.

Take a look around our website, where we have a wide range of chess sets and chess boards for you to enjoy the game in the comfort of your own home. If you are looking for chess on a budget, we can cater for your needs with our best value chess boards and sets. We even have folding chess sets for you to play on the go!

If you prefer to treat yourself to something more unique and exciting, why not take a browse through our designer chess sets. The range includes the stylish Sea Horse Glass Chess Set and the Fantasy Metal Chess Pieces. We also have a luxury range available with the favourite Staunton and Ebony Sets amongst the collection.

You can also get children interested in playing chess with our non-traditional hand held chess Android and other software options to play on the PC.

Barbosa to Take Part in Chess Olympaid in Tromso, Norway in August 2014


In the midst of a controversial decision to cut the allowance of talented grandmaster Oliver Barbosa, it was looking highly unlikely that he would be taking part in the Chess Olympaid. It seems, however, that he has overturned his decision and will now be a key player in the event.


The event which will take place in Tromso, Norway from August 1st to the 15th is an important one for the country, which is the reason Barbosa has overturned his previously hesitant mind-set.


The Phl executive director of the National Chess Federation confirmed that Barosa will definitely be part of the much anticipated chess event.


Barbosa had previously been forced to leave his country when the decision was made to cut his pay cheque. This was a decision made on the basis of his failure to succeed in the Myanmar Southeast Asian Games. It left Barbosa devastated as he could no longer sustain the lifestyle he was used to and had to go on the search for winning tournaments in the US.


The uncertainty of Barbosa was worrying for the Chess Olympaid, as they have already lost out on their best player, Wesley So. So has decided to take on a role as the US coach, rather than being part of the event. It is thought that Barbosa was also considering making this switch, until his love for his country got the better of him.


Barbosa scored 7 points in the 10 matches of the 40th Istanbul Olympaid, which was held two years ago. He held an impressive rating of 2688.


The 27 year old held the title of International Master in 2005 and the Grandmaster title in 2011. He is a highly talented individual, who has played with some of the best chess players in the business. He was also the winner of the 10th Parsvnath International Grandmaster Tournament in New Delhi.


The news is positive for both camps and it is hoped that Barbosa can play his part in taking the country to victory, as well as giving his own individual profile a boost.


There is no doubt that his army of fans will be pleased with this news and will be looking forward to cheering him on in August. With so much doubt hanging over his decision, this is the best news for the game and to give the sport a welcome boost.


If you are looking forward to this much anticipated event and fancy getting in some practice of your own, Chessmaze International have a wide selection of chess games and chess sets to suit all needs and budgets.


Take a look around the website where you will find a range which includes the budget chess sets to the luxury chess sets and chess boards.


Carlsen Suffers Second Blow as Radjabov Takes the Lead in Shamkir Chess Tournament 2014

Magnus Carlsen has suffered another loss; this time at the hands of Teimour Radjabov. The 27 year old grandmaster who reigns from Baku is currently in the lead at the Shamkir Chess Tournament.

Radjabov’s strong moves have been too much for Carlsen and much to the delight of local fans, they have caused him to stumble in the competition.

Both of the tournament leaders, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruanan have come up against problems in round 5 of the Shamkir Chess Tournament, much to the shock of their adoring fans.

The tournament is currently at half time, with Radjabov firmly in the lead. Shakhriyar Marmedyarov was the man behind Fabiano Caruanan’s defeat and Etienne Barot has also managed to keep ahead in group B, following his win against Rauf Mamedov.

This is Radjabov’s first win against Carlsen in six years so it has really shaken up the chess world and paved the way for an exciting second leg of the tournament. The previously untouchable Carlsen will have to seriously re-think his tactics if he doesn’t want to suffer a further blow to his confidence.

Carlsen has spoken about his recent form, blaming a lack of energy and burn out for his poor performances. It just goes to show that even the best in the business can have their off days and it gives inspiration for new players and those who have never won a tournament before.

Exciting chess events like this have been, in part, responsible for the growing popularity of chess. There are millions of players regularly indulging in chess and enjoying the many benefits which come with it.

If you fancy joining these chess enthusiasts, you will find a range of exquisite chess boards and chess sets, right here at Chessmaze International.

You can choose from the designer chess collection, with many unique designs to impress friends, including the Chrysler Handmade Glass Chess Set in Blue/Green and The Fantasy Chess Pieces.

There is also a selection of chess boards and chess sets for those on a budget and a mid-range choice, so all budgets are catered for.

You can keep the kids amused with the chess sets for schools which are easy to put up and fold down quickly. You can find these with clocks and other equipment for setting up chess tournaments.

If you prefer to break away from the tradition chess game, you will also find a variety of electronic options, such as portable chess computes and androids. There are also chess training guides to take you through various stages until you reach the level you want. You can update your android with the wide range of apps available.

Take a look at the special offers and you may be able to pick up a good bargain with your chess sets.

No matter what chess set you choose from Chessmaze International, you can expect high quality and fast delivery with every item

Promoting Chess for Children at the Hay Festival 2014

Last year it was fronted by the Duchess of Cornwall and this year, the Hays Festival has continued to introduce school children to the benefits of chess for learning and building confidence.

Chess classes are being held at schools across Britain, especially in Wales where there are classes at a range of different schools throughout the country.

It is thought that the sport has been responsible for the increase in learning amongst children and there have been vast improvements shown by those who participate in regular games.

Chess is well known for the effects it can have on strengthening the mind and thus, can improve learning in subjects such as mathematics.

The most recent Hays Festival was held in May and featured Telegraph chess correspondent and international master, Malcolm Pein, as well as chess trainer, Sarah Kett. The classes for children were held for 6-15 year olds at all levels of ability.

This event is an exciting opportunity for children to learn more about chess and gain a passion for it which will help them develop skills which will help them throughout their life.

If you are looking to enhance the prospects of the children at your school, you may want to have a look at the selection of chess sets for schools at Chessmaze International.

You will find a range of chess sets at affordable prices which are easy to set up and put down, including The Tournament Folding Chess Set Combination. This set contains a chess board, chess pieces and a clock, which makes it ideal for chess competitions.

There are also a range of chess bags to keep your chess pieces safe and the complete schools package for tournaments.

Chess is a good way to keep children amused in the class, but also to improve their learning and give them something positive to focus on. It is a fun way to learn and with the wide range of affordable chess sets available at Chessmaze International, there is no better way to bring a bit of fun back into the classroom.

In addition to the chess sets for schools, there is also a range of other ways to encourage children to adopt the sport, including the chess computers and software, for those who prefer an alternative to the traditional game.

The chess computers and software includes androids, which can be updated with the latest apps at your own convenience. There are also training materials which can help improve the abilities of children and allow them to progress at a level to suit.

Take a look around the website, where you will find a whole range of chess board and chess pieces to suit your own budget and taste.

At Chessmaze International we are proud of our unique collection of chess boards, which are designed with the highest standard of quality and are delivered quickly for your own satisfaction.

Anand Secures Victory in 2014 FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament

The future of chess playing was beginning to look bleak for Vishy Anand, until he pulled it out the bag to become the winner at the 2014 FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament.

The 44 year old has been struggling of late, with some poor performances and the aftermath of losing the chess crown to Magnus Carlsen. He recently opened up to the media about losing the Championship title and the effect it has had on his confidence.

However, it looks like he has rejuvenated himself and has shown some world class playing ability against the likes of Levon Aronian. Levon and Vlad Kramnik have been hugely disappointing in the Championships and this has caused them to struggle to keep up with Anand.

Anand is a five times world champion and this victory paves the way to reclaiming his title when he faces Carlsen later in the year.

Whatever happens, it is set to be an exciting head to head and possible comeback for newly composed Anand.

If watching this exciting event and the prospect of two of the greatest players facing an important challenge has put you in the mood to start afresh with your chess playing, you will find plenty of options for all your chess needs at Chessmaze International.

There are a wide range of chess boards and chess sets available here, from the budget options for amateur players to the designer/luxury sets for the more seasoned players. There are even chess sets for schools which are ideal for keeping the kids quiet during breaks and of course, to support their learning!

Chess boards range from the Italian Prestige Collection to the Staunton and Renaissance, with everything in-between. If you play for a chess club, you can show off by turning up with one of the designer chess sets or keep it pride of place as a centerpiece in your living room.

For players who are more inclined to use technology than the traditional board games, there are also a range of android devices, where you can learn to develop your strategies and improve your abilities in this exciting sport. You can update your apps as your skills develop, so you are constantly enhancing your playing ability. There are many choices of apps, including the one from Magnus Carlsen which allows you to discover the challenges he faced as he progressed to Championship status.

At Chessmaze International, every chess set is unique and of the highest quality to really enhance your playing pleasure.

You can expect quick delivery with any of your purchases, so you’re not left pacing the floor waiting for that exquisite chess board to arrive on your doorstep.

Chessmaze International has supplied chess boards to members of Take That, as well as supporting the Apprentice so you can guarantee first class quality when you shop with us!

We even have a stock of other games if you want to mix it up a little, including dominoes and backgammon.



Chess Tournament Winner Declared in Kolkata

It brought a great deal of excitement and anticipation and now the Kolkata Open 2014 has finally drawn to a close, with winner Oliver Barbosa taking the title.

The down to earth winner from the Philippines fought his way against many talented players to scoop the title, with a great deal of determination and spirit.

Held in Sadan between the 14th and 24th March 2014 in Kolkata, the chess tournament was a global event, with 77 players participating from 14 countries around the world. The average rating of the players was 2394, with Oliver claiming a highly respectful score of 2688 for his performance.

With a total prize fund of 1,400,000 Indian Rupees, this was a tournament everyone was eager to win, but luckily for Oliver, he managed to secure the much anticipated victory for his own.

Oliver is no stranger to winning major competitions; this is his third tournament victory in India with the Bhubaneshwar Open and Delhi Open also under his belt.

He spoke about the tournament, saying that his favourite game was against Konstantin Landa, who is also a widely recognised figure in the chess world.

With exciting tournaments like this and the presence of so many talented players from all over the world, it is clear to understand why chess is such a popular sport these days and one which is continuing to grow in popularity.

It is thought that there are around 600 million chess players in the world and with the continued development of electronic chess apps and devices; it is a figure which is only set to grow in the future.

At Chessmaze International you will find a wide range of chess sets to either kick start your enjoyment of the game if you are a beginner or to learn more and develop your abilities with the more advanced sets. If you are on a budget, there is a range of cheaper sets or designer/luxury for those who want to treat themselves.

If you want to step away from the traditional game but still want to enjoy all the benefits, you will also find a variety of chess computers and software, where you can develop your skills and advance to higher levels at your own speed.

Chess is a fun, interesting game which can help develop a number of skills, including concentration and memory. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the game out with the confines of your home, including local chess clubs and you never know, you might find yourself entering the next worldwide competition.

Whatever your chess needs are, you will find high quality chess sets at Chessmaze International and with a professional service and quick delivery, you could be enjoying the delights of the game earlier than you think.

Discounts are also available if you are looking to sell the chess boards or sets for wholesale purposes but there are also good prices for personal purposes. Take a look at the bargain basement or special offers to make some exciting savings on your next chess purchase.

Magnus Carlsen announces the launch of exciting new chess app!

Chess is becoming an increasingly popular sport and with many exquisite types and styles of sets to choose from, it is easy to understand why.

If you are not a fan of the traditional chess playing and prefer to use technology to play the intriguing game; you’ll be delighted to hear the news that World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen has announced a brand new app.

In an effort to promote the sport to players of all ages and levels, Magnus has developed an app which is based on his past games and takes you through his different playing styles as he has developed throughout his career.

The 23 year old Norwegian is the second youngest world champion in the game and as such, is in the perfect position to be able to help chess enthusiasts through the launch of this exciting app.
You can discover more about the star’s playing style and how he has managed to get where he is today. It is aimed at people at all ages and offers a great way to develop your skills and experience as you progress throughout the levels.
Chess is not just a fun game to play with friends, family or as part of a club; it also offers a range of benefits which are particularly important for children developing through to adulthood. Chess can help improve memory, reactions and the ability to develop strategies and forward planning.
With the wide range of chess clubs available and the World Chess Championship, which is currently under way, there are plenty of opportunities for avid lovers of the sport to get involved and progress through the ranks.

At Chessmaze International, there is a wide range of quality chess board, chess sets and chess pieces for those who enjoy the traditional method of chess playing. There is also a variety of chess computers and software, for those who fancy trying out Magnus Carlsen’s new app.

You can find the modern android platform which offers an easy and convenient way to play chess on the go. You can also update the apps as you develop your skills through the ranks.
Team this up with some DVD’s from the collection to enhance your development and you’ll soon have Magnus wondering why he ever developed the app as you give him a run for his money!

Black and White of Chess

Viswanathan Anand drew comfortably in straight 54 moves against fellow ex-World champion Veselin Topalov in the second round of the World Candidates Chess Tournament at Khanty Mansiysk, Russia. Anand had produced a scintillating display to topple favourite Levon Aronian in the opening round at the same event earlier.

Anand, at 44, is the oldest among the eight Candidates battling to earn the right to challenge World champion Magnus Carlsen later this year. This was Anand’s third career-victory over Aronian and first with white pieces. Anand’s last victory over the World number two came in the elite Tata Steel tournament at Wijk aan Zee, near Amsterdam, in January last year. Since the players were separated by 60 rating points, the victory for Anand was worth 5.8 points and took his live rating to 2775.8. As a result, Anand temporarily moved up a rung, to the seventh spot in the world rankings.

At another part of the world, the World Chess Olympiad Qualifers’s second phase for the World Chess Olympiad will get underway this weekend on 15th -16th March at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Kampala. There is a stiff fight for the available slots to make the team. The event features male players with international ratings and the top 20 unrated who qualified from the previous phase. A total of 8 rounds will be played in the male category of the following weekend on 22-23 March 2014. The top 12 will be picked to proceed to the next and last phase due in May. Over this weekend, the ladies will be battling in their final phase featuring the top 12 in a round robin to determine the top 5 to feature on the National team. The event will be graced with the attendance of FIDE Vice President, Ali Nihat Yazici and Africa Chess Union President, Lakhdar Mazoouz.