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High quality chess sets, from the chess set experts - ChessCentral, the chess shop you can buy with confidence. Whether you are looking for plastic chess sets, tournament chess sets, wooden chess sets, themed chess sets or premier chess sets you will find a complete selection at ChessCentral. Not sure what chess set is right for you? We know the choices in chess pieces and chess boards can be overwhelming! Let us help you in your chess set selection - just send us an email at: chess pieces, and boards

email@chesscentral.com and include the answers to some easy questions:

1) Price range
2) Material (Plastic, Wood, Brass, Marble, Alabaster, Ceramic)
3) Intended Use (Everyday play, Decorative, Family Heirloom, Collectible)
4) Theme or Style (Staunton, Antique, Historical, Kid's Theme)
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Red Imperial Chess Pieces
Red Imperial Chess Pieces
Our Price: $19.95
Sale Price: $14.95
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The Red Imperial - A Staunton design full tournament-size, unweighted and felt padded plastic chess set. Get the durability of impact resistant plastic along with the classic Staunton look. The Imperial chess set features a full 3.75" King with a stable base of 1.5" diameter.
Analysis Chess Set
Analysis Chess Set
Our Price: $19.95

The Analysis Chess Set features a full 2.5" King with a stable base of 1" diameter. The board is black and buff with 1.5" squares. The board features algebraic notation around the border. As a bonus we will include a zippered pouch that can hold all your chess pieces for easy travel.
Pocket Travel Magnetic Chess Set
Pocket Travel Magnetic Chess Set
Our Price: $29.95
Sale Price: $24.95
You save $5.00!

Handy pocket travel chess set, made of durable plastic, that keeps your pieces stuck to the board while you play. Board folds up to hold all the chess pieces inside - a great magnetic travel chess set!
Warlord Chess Pieces
Warlord Chess Pieces
Our Price: $24.95

Warlord Chess Pieces-  A Staunton design full tournament-size, unweighted and felt padded plastic chess set. Get the durability of impact resistant plastic along with the classic Staunton look.
Basic Tournament Chess Set
Basic Tournament Chess Set with How to Play Chess DVD
Our Price: $27.95

Basic tournament Chess Set - 34 piece Staunton unweighted plastic chess pieces (2 extra Queens!) * Tear-resistant Vinyl roll-up board in your choice of colors * Drawstring chess bag in dark green to store your chess pieces * Great starter set for kids and adults.
Conqueror Chess Pieces
Conqueror Chess Pieces
List Price: $39.95
Our Price: $34.95
Sale Price: $29.95
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"Conquer" the chess board with this elegantly designed, Ivory and Black Staunton chess set. Featuring durable, impact-resistant plastic, massive triple weight, felt bottom, and a full 4" King with a balanced and stable base of 1.875", this set is ideally suited for the rigors of tournament play. The perfect set for both club and tournament play - balanced, durable and priced to fit your budget!
Conqueror Chess Pieces - Natural Color
Conqueror Chess Pieces - Natural Color
List Price: $39.95
Our Price: $34.95
Sale Price: $29.95
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"Conquer" the chess board with this elegantly designed, Natural and Black Staunton chess set. Featuring durable, impact-resistant plastic, massive triple weight, felt bottom, and a full 4" King with a balanced and stable base of 1.875", this set is ideally suited for the rigors of tournament play.
The perfect set for both club and tournament play - balanced, durable and priced to fit your budget!
Value Chess Set Collection: Vintage Chess Set, 34 Chess Pieces (2 Extra Queens) &  Folding Chess Board
Value Chess Set Collection: Vintage Chess Set, 34 Chess Pieces (2 Extra Queens) & Folding Chess Board
Our Price: $29.95
Sale Price: $29.95

This Value Chess Set comes a Staunton design, full tournament-sized, felt padded on the bottom plastic chess pieces. Get the durability of impact-resistant plastic along with the classic Staunton look. This chess set features a full 3.75" King with a stable base of 1.5" diameter.
Value Chess Set Collection: Travel Tournament Chess Set, 34 Chess Pieces (2 Extra Queens), Chess  Board and Canvas Archer Quiver Tote Bag
Value Chess Set Collection: Travel Tournament Chess Set, 34 Chess Pieces (2 Extra Queens), Chess Board and Canvas Archer Quiver Tote Bag
Our Price: $34.95
Sale Price: $29.95
You save $5.00!

This Value Chess Set comes a Staunton design, full tournament-sized, felt padded on the bottom plastic chess pieces. Get the durability of impact-resistant plastic along with the classic Staunton look. This chess set features a full 3.75" King with a stable base of 1.5" diameter.
Basic Tournament Chess Set - Deluxe
Basic Tournament Chess Set - Deluxe with FREE How to Play Chess DVD
Our Price: $32.95

Basic Tournament Chess Set - Deluxe. 34 piece Staunton triple weighted plastic chess pieces (2 extra Queens!) * Tear-resistant vinyl roll-up board in your choice of colors * Drawstring chess bag in dark green to store your chess pieces * Great starter chess set for kids and adults!
Standard Chess Tournament Set
Standard Tournament Chess Set with How to Play Chess DVD
Our Price: $34.95

34 piece Staunton unweighted Plastic Chess Pieces (2 extra Queens!) * Tear-Resistant Vinyl roll-up Board in your choice of colors * Chess Tote to Carry your Chess Set and Board made of durable canvas * Great Starter Chess Set for Kids and Adults!
Wooden Magnetic Travel Chess Set with Blue Chess Board and Storage Compartment
Wooden Magnetic Travel Chess Set with Blue Chess Board and Storage Compartment
Our Price: $34.95

This is one of our most popular wood and magnetic travel chess sets. It is made of wood. It's just the right size to fit on almost any table. The chess pieces are magnetic and most won't slide around. It's even got "algebraic" coordinates engraved on the edge of the board. The pieces are easy to recognize for any chess player, even beginners.
Standard Chess Tournament Set
Value Chess Set Collection: Standard Tournament Chess Set - Black and White Pieces, Blue Board, and Blue Bag
Our Price: $34.95

34 piece Staunton unweighted Plastic Chess Pieces (2 extra Queens!) * Tear-Resistant Vinyl roll-up Board in your choice of colors * Chess Tote to Carry your Chess Set and Board made of durable canvas
* Great Starter Chess Set for Kids and Adults!
Value Collection: Triple Weighted Centurion Chess Set with 34 Chess Pieces (2 Extra Queens),Black Chess Board and Zippered Chess Piece Bag
Value Chess Set Collection: Triple Weighted Chess Set with 34 Chess Pieces (2 Extra Queens),Black Chess Board and Zippered Chess Piece Bag
Our Price: $39.95
Sale Price: $34.95
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The Centurion - a Staunton design full tournament-size, triple weighted and felt padded plastic chess set. Get the durability of impact resistant plastic along with the classic Staunton look. The Centurion chess set features a full 3.75" King with a stable base of 1.5" diameter.
Value Chess Set Collection: Tournament Chess Set with Triple Weighted Black & Ivory Chess Pieces and Chess Board
Value Chess Set Collection: Vintage Premium Chess Set, 34 Chess Pieces (2 Extra Queens) & Folding Chess Board
Our Price: $44.95
Sale Price: $34.95
You save $10.00!

Value Chess Set Collection: Standard Chess Tournament Set - 34 piece Staunton triple weighted Plastic Chess Pieces (2 extra Queens!)  and Folding Chess Board
Value Chess Set Collection: Superior Chess Set, 34 Chess Pieces (2 Extra Queens) &  Folding Chess Board
Value Chess Set Collection: Superior Chess Set, 34 Chess Pieces (2 Extra Queens) & Folding Chess Board
Our Price: $39.95
Sale Price: $34.95
You save $5.00!

This Value Chess Set comes a Staunton design, full tournament-sized, felt padded on the bottom plastic chess pieces. Get the durability of impact-resistant plastic along with the classic Staunton look. This chess set features a full 3.75" King with a stable base of 1.5" diameter.
Classic Collection - Wooden Chess Board and Chess Pieces
Classic Collection - Wooden Chess Board and Chess Pieces
Our Price: $34.95

You will love this high quality walnut chess set and board. The chess board The chess board measures 13" x 13" x .5", and the King is 2.5" high. Each attractive chess piece is felted. The perfect wooden chess set at a very economical price.
Value Chess Set Collection: Travel Tournament Chess Set, 34 Chess Pieces (2 Extra Queens), Chess  Board and Canvas Archer Quiver Tote Bag
Value Chess Set Collection: Travel Tournament Chess Set, 34 Triple Weighted Chess Pieces (2 Extra Queens), Chess Board and Canvas Archer Quiver Tote Bag
Our Price: $39.95
Sale Price: $36.95
You save $3.00!

This Value Chess Set comes a Staunton design, triple weighted full tournament-sized, felt padded on the bottom plastic chess pieces. Get the durability of impact-resistant plastic along with the classic Staunton look. This chess set features a full 3.75" King with a stable base of 1.5" diameter.
Standard Tournament Chess Set - Deluxe
Standard Tournament Chess Set - Deluxe with How to Play Chess DVD
Our Price: $39.95

34 piece Staunton Triple weighted Plastic Chess Pieces (2 extra Queens!) * Tear-Resistant Vinyl roll-up Board in your choice of colors * Chess Tote to Carry your Chess Set and Board made of durable canvas * Great Starter Chess Set for Kids and Adults!
The Casbah - Unique Wood Chess Set with Chess Board & Storage, King 2.56"
The Casbah - Unique Wood Chess Set with Chess Board & Storage
Our Price: $49.95
Sale Price: $39.95
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The King is a worthy 2.56 inches tall and is, like each of the chess pieces, made from Beech wood - known for its fine grain and excellent finish. The bottom of the pieces are felt-covered to protect the chess board from scratches. The chess board is 11.25" x 11.25" and decorated on the borders for display at home or in the office. The interior of the storage compartment is lined with green felt which cushions the chess pieces for easy and safe transport.
   
 

Articles on Chess Sets, Chess Pieces and Chess Boards

There are so many choices on the market today. How do you buy a chess set (pieces and board) that is right for you? A chess set has to meet your needs, so what type of chess set are you looking for - decorative, practical or both? ChessCentral has put together the following information to help you in your buying decision. A chess set and board should reflect your personal style and taste, as well as fit your budget

Chess Sets and Chess Pieces
Learn the history of chess and chess game pieces. Bill Wall takes you on a journey through time and space, from the origins chess itself to the modern chess pieces you can use in your own home. Fascinating stuff!

Chess Sets, Pieces, Boards - The Wood
Are black pieces preferable to Rosewood? Not really, it is a matter of personal choice. Both are used in tournament play. Black wood chess sets are more common than Rosewood sets, but they are generally less expensive (except, of course, for Ebony pieces). Rosewood is an excellent wood for chessmen; it is very resilient and does not chip easily.

The Staunton Chess Pieces
The Staunton design chess pieces are the standard pattern for chess sets used in all world chess federations and United States Chess Federation events. Staunton chess pieces are the "normal" chessmen we see everywhere, the benchmark look; other styles may be classed as decorative.

Chess Set Quick Facts

Caring for Your Wood Chess Set

Wooden chessmen should be lightly waxed and buffed once or twice per year, using only a high quality paste wax with a cotton cloth or cheesecloth. We recommend Liberon's Paste Wax. Please make sure that you carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions on the paste wax, as improper waxing could ruin the finish on your Chessmen. Above all else - use the wax sparingly and allow the wax to dry before buffing. You should NEVER use a liquid polish.

In addition, your wood chess board should be lightly waxed and buffed once or twice a year, using a good quality furniture polish (such as Minwax) and a good cotton cloth or cheesecloth. Your chess board should never be dry-wiped and you should avoid all polishes that contain silicone as this can damage the finish on the chess board. Above all else - use the wax sparingly and allow the wax to dry before buffing. You should never use a liquid polish.

Differences in Ebonized Wood and Ebony Wood Chess Pieces

Ebonization is the process by which Ebonized Chessmen are created. In this process, Boxwood (the wood used to create the White pieces) chess pieces are treated with a special stain to turn them jet black in color. When done properly, brand new Ebonized Chessmen are nearly indistinguishable from genuine Ebony chessmen. Ebonized chess pieces are often referred to as faux Ebony, because it has the look and feel of real Ebony wood at a fraction of the cost. Over time, the Ebonizing can wear off on the sharp corners and details of the chessmen, but that is easily restored using a black marker.


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