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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)
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Winnie the Pooh Chessmen & Board Chess Pieces.
Winnie the Pooh Chessmen & Board
Our Price: $249.95

Based on the characters created by A.A. Milne and beautifully illustrated by E.H. Shepard, SACís designers have recreated the wonderful world of Winnie the Pooh for chess lovers young and old. Translated into almost every known language, Winnie the Pooh and his friends have universal appeal.
Battle of Traflagar Chessmen Chess Pieces.
Battle of Traflagar Chessmen
Our Price: $319.95

Trafalgar was one of the most decisive naval battles ever fought. In the course of a short October afternoon, the Combined Fleet of France and Spain, with 33 battleships, was defeated by a British force of 27 battleships off cape Trafalgar, on the south-west coast of Spain. As a result of this crushing defeat, Napoleon abandoned his hopes of invading England.
Vinyl Chess Board
Vinyl Chess Board with 2.25" squares
List Price: $15.95
Our Price: $12.95
You save $3.00!

You will love this lightweight, roll-up chessboard! It is easy to take to tournaments, clubs, or next door. Clear and legible algebraic notation, 20"x 20", with 2.25" square size meets all chess tournament standards.
Magnetic Travel Chess Set
Magnetic Travel Chess Set
Our Price: $69.95

You will truly enjoy owning this high quality Golden Rosewood travel chess set. Perfect for players on the move, or for anyone who needs a sturdy and compact analysis set. You will not find a higher quality set at this price anywhere

Imperial Chess Pieces
Imperial Chess Pieces
List Price: $24.95
Our Price: $19.95
You save $5.00!

The 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.
Centurion Chess Pieces
Centurion Chess Pieces
List Price: $29.95
Our Price: $24.95
Sale Price: $19.95
You save $10.00!

The Centurion - A Staunton design full tournament-size, massively 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.
Isle of Lewis Chess Set
Isle of Lewis Chess Set
Our Price: $199.95

The Isle of Lewis chessmen were featured in the movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Own a faithful reproduction of the earliest known European chess set! This Isle of Lewis chess set is a genuine replica of the world famous Isle of Lewis chess pieces on display in the British Museum.
Conqueror Chess Pieces
Conqueror Chess Pieces
List Price: $39.95
Our Price: $34.95
Sale Price: $29.95
You save $10.00!

"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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Tournament Chess Set with Digital Clock - Deluxe
Tournament Chess Set with Digital Clock - Deluxe
Our Price: $84.95

Thirty-four piece triple weighted Staunton 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; the Competition Pro Clock - great starter chess set for kids and adults!
The Gallant Knight Chess Pieces in Ebony, 4.5" King
The Gallant Knight Ebony Chess Pieces with 4.5" King
List Price: $429.95
Our Price: $399.95
Sale Price: $349.95
You save $80.00!

An instant classic! The Gallant Knight chess set marks a return to longstanding traditional values in the look and feel of carved chess pieces. This handsome heirloom quality set is made of Boxwood and Ebony.
Mousepad Chess Board - 2.25"
Mousepad Chess Board with 2.25" squares
List Price: $19.95
Our Price: $19.95
Sale Price: $15.95
You save $4.00!

Mousepad Chess Board - 2.25". This washable mousepad chess board will never develop annoying creases. It comes in dark green & buff, black & buff or an especially attractive blue & buff squares for outstanding contrast and visibility.
Red Imperial Chess Pieces
Red Imperial Chess Pieces
Our Price: $19.95
Sale Price: $14.95
You save $5.00!

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.
French Knight Boxwood Chess Pieces with Board
French Knight Boxwood Chess Pieces with Board
List Price: $99.95
Our Price: $89.95 Out of Stock
You save $10.00!

ChessCentral now offers the new French Knight design chess pieces at a very conservative price. This Staunton pattern wooden chess set comes with a 3 inch King.
Marble Chess Set Black and Tan
Marble Chess Set Black and Tan
Our Price: $199.95

This gleaming marble chess set and board is sure to be the centerpiece of you game table. The elegantly carved marble is sanded perfectly smooth and has a deep, rich appearance.
Alabaster Chess Set Green and White
Alabaster Chess Set Green and White
Our Price: $329.95

Alabaster chess sets are exotic and gorgeous! Alabaster has been sought after since the Golden age of the Egyptians. The family firm of Chiellini S.N.C. which has worked in the Etruscan city of Volterra for generations, continues this four thousand year old artistic tradition up to this day, creating an important place in the international market for their world-renowned chess set, hand-crafted in the local translucent stone for which Volterra has become justly famous.
   
 

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.