- Chess Pieces
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Chess pieces, the chessmen alone, are often wanted and for many reasons. Perhaps a favorite chess board is already owned, or maybe a special board will be acquired later. In any case, ChessCentral supplies chess pieces of every kind - whether plastic pieces, tournament chess pieces, wooden pieces, themed or collectible chess pieces.
| Wood Chess Pieces
Here we group the various chess pieces made from finely crafted woods. ChessCentral carries chess pieces in rich black Ebony, stunning dark Rosewood, lustrous Golden Rosewood and exquisite Red Sandalwood - among many other fine woods. Each chess piece meets the highest quality standards, much enhancing the look and feel of playing chess with wooden chess pieces.
| Plastic Chess Pieces
Here you'll find the finest quality plastic chess pieces offered anywhere, and at excellent prices too! These handsome chess pieces are made of impact-resistant plastic with felt padded bottoms, and each plastic chess set is tournament regulation designed and sized. Perhaps you need an unweighted chess set for kids, club, or everyday use; maybe the massive feel of triple-weighted chess pieces for tournament play.
| Theme Chess Pieces
Here we have gathered the finest chess pieces each designed around a special theme. You can choose the historical Isle of Lewis themed chess pieces, or the popular Gods of Mythology chess pieces. Each of our themed chess pieces are beautifully designed with close attention to detail, and are made for durability.
| Metal Chess Pieces
The world's finest and most affordable metal chess pieces and sets. All our metal chess pieces are beautifully designed and made for durability. Keep an eye on this metal chess set section we will be adding many more finely crafted chess pieces and sets that you will be proud to display.
| Jaques of London
ChessCentral is pleased to offer chess pieces from the famed Jaques of London firm, the premium "gold standard" of chessmen throughout the world. In fact, Jaques of London introduced the standard Staunton chess piece design in 1849! Today the Staunton chessmen design is well established as the look of choice for tournament chess players, right up to the world champion.
If you're unsure which chess pieces are right for you, then let us help! Simply send a note ([email protected]) including 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, Kids, Theme)
Below we look at 3 main types of wood used in crafting the dark chess pieces. Boxwood for the light pieces is common, as its texture is very fine and uniform. Boxwood has a generally straight grain, with a very high luster. It can be easily turned on a lathe, and its carving characteristics are excellent.
Ebony: It would be difficult find a more splendid wood than Ebony for the black pieces in chess sets. The texture of the wood is fine and even making it a true pleasure to hold in your hand. The deep luster and total blackness of the wooden blocks make for exceptional, true black chess pieces, and therefore Ebony is the most traditional wood used in chess pieces of the finest quality.
Rosewood: Rosewood is an enchanting wood and probably the most popular for chess sets. It's a crossed, narrowly interlocked grain with the combinations of darker streaks gives the wood a very striking appearance. Rosewood is fairly difficult to carve and work by hand, which says a great deal for the skill of chess piece craftsmen. The color range of this wood goes from a rose to dark brown color with even darker lines.
Golden Rosewood: Also known as Sheesham, has a beautiful irregular grain structure which is very distinctive in appearance; it can be polished to a fine finish. The timber itself is strong and durable, maintaining its shape well during handling. Given this strength and density, Golden Rosewood is also an ideal material for decorative carvings and can be easily seasoned for future stability.