Chess Sets — Everything you need to know!

Chess pieces or chessmen are made in different materials, styles, and sizes. The difference in the designs of the chess pieces do not have any impact on the game, it is just that the different shapes, sizes, and materials are made to meet the different tastes of the players or chess collectors. In a standard game, each of the chess players starts a game with 16 chess pieces – 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights and 8 pawns. Different techniques and materials are used to make chess sets that give these chess pieces a unique look.

Materials used for making chess sets – Chess pieces are made from a wide variety of materials like plastic, stone, glass, metal, ivory, bone and wood. These materials greatly decide the price of the chess pieces. Plastic chess sets are available at very low prices in the market, whereas a hand carved wooden chess set will be costlier.

Materials used for making wooden chess sets

Wood has been the most important material for making chess pieces for generations. Sheesham wood, rose wood, bud rosewood. ebony wood and box wood are the most famous woods used for making chess sets. Bud rosewood and ebony wood are the luxury woods and are used to carve high-end chess pieces. Wooden chess pieces are also recommended by FIDE. The quality of our wooden chess pieces is being appreciated by great chess players and chess collectors in the whole world.

A technique used in making chess sets – Chess pieces are either hand carved or machine made and the technique depends very much on the material used. Metal and plastic chess pieces are made by melting them and then putting them in moulds of the desired designs. Chess pieces made from bone and stone are hand carved by skilled artisans.

Technique used in making wood chess sets

Handcrafted wooden chess pieces are turned on a lathe. The craftsmanship on the wooden chess pieces is done by experienced artisans. The knight being the most beautiful piece in the set carries enormous importance. The beauty of the chess set lies in the knight of the chess set. Our well-crafted knights represent the highest grade of knight carving skills.

Design of the chess pieces – Chess is a very old game and infinite designs have been originated till now. But the most famous one is Staunton. Staunton is also the officially recommended design by FIDE. Staunton chess pieces appear to be same but the designs have many variations. Chessbazaar offers a wide range of Staunton chess pieces, you will be amazed to see the variations in the designs of the chess sets. There are many other historical designs which are collected by chess collectors but they are very expensive and not everyone can afford those chess pieces. Chessbazaar has reproduced many of such historical and classical designs like 1849 chess set, 1935 Botvinnik Flohr, 1851 chess set, Dublin chess set, Piatigorsky chess set, Grand cigar chess set, and Dubrovnik chess set at very affordable prices  so that every chess enthusiast can buy and admire the beauty of these chess sets.

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A beginning of the new financial year 2016 and tradition dictates that once again we take a look at the new arrivals section and round up the most interesting chess sets of the past few weeks. If you have missed the launches or are simply looking for an orderly recap, the table below should be for your interest.

The 20th Century Historical Staunton Triple Weighted Chess Set (Based on Frank Camaratta Set)

The Sher-E-Punjab Series Chess Set

Combo of Repro Old Antique Edinburgh Upright Chess Pieces in Bud Rose / Box Wood & Red Ash Burl Maple Wooden Chess Board

The 20th Century Historical Staunton chess set definitely managed to stand out, thanks to its Frank Camaratta based knight. The superlative historical chess set is made up of ebony / bud rose wood and boxwood. The King proudly stands at 4.5 inches and its base is a robust 1.8 inches. This chess set features a magnificent double mane knights. Pieces are expertly carved by the instructions of our designing team and inspired from the famous Frank CamarattaSignature Series chess set. The set is available at most affordable price in the market with free shipping. Know More

20th Century Historical Staunton Triple Weighted Chess Set

Chess is one of the most popular games in India and there is one interesting fact that most of the wooden chess sets manufactured in Amritsar(Punjab). As a respect to our hard- working artisans and carvers, we have introduced this dazzling chess set “The Sher-E-Punjab series”. Inspired by the famous Maharaja Ranjit Singh horse, Maharaja of the Punjab, our Sher-E-Punjab Series personifies the legacy of the famous Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The sweeping mane, a distinctive head shape and a bold design of the knight represent the “Lion of Punjab”. Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the founder of the Sikh Empire, which came to power in the Indian subcontinent in the early half of the 19th century. This chess set features a spectacular knight carved in ebony / bud rose wood and boxwood. The design, quality, and craftsmanship of these chess pieces is comparable to the luxury chess sets that are sold for $1000+ by other retailers. Know More

Chess Pieces in Ebony Wood / Box Wood

Reproduction lovers rejoiced this month – Combo of Repro Old Antique Edinburgh upright chess pieces was launched. Each chessmen is carefully hand crafted in India with dainty details. Reproduced Antique Series weighted chess pieces offers a 3.75″ King with a base diameter of 1.42″ and all chess pieces are weighted by adding a stud of iron within the base Know More

 Repro Old Antique Edinburgh Upright Chess Pieces

Did you ever starve for a chess design you always wanted? Chessbazaar is there to help you make your dream chess set a reality. Know More

And to top things off, some of our best sellers are on backorder, We welcome you to place an order for out of stock items and take an extra discount of 25% off with coupon SAVE25. Shop Now

Chess Sets on Backorder

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How to Make Perfectly Carved Wooden Chess Set at Home

Chess sets with extraordinary designs are made of different materials such as metals, plastic, wood, alabaster, glass, marble, camel bone and stone. Stone chess sets are mainly made of alabaster and marble. Plastic chess sets are basically colorless because of the polymers found in them. Colorants are added to the pieces while making them, so that the chess pieces appear attractive. Metal chess sets are made of alloys like zinc, tin, copper, bronze, brass, aluminium and pewter.

Wooden chess sets are used nowadays for decoration purpose as well as for playing. Wooden chess sets offer a huge variety to the buyers. ebony and rosewood make the most exquisite chess sets in the world. These exotic woods are hardwoods and it is very difficult to carve on. This is the reason why the wooden chess pieces are very valuable and expensive in the market. These chess sets are of very high quality.

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There are some reasons why wooden chess sets are very valuable and extremely popular among chess players –

  1. Thousands of cheap and perfectly functional plastic chess sets can be easily made with moulds but wooden chess sets require high level of precision and skill. Highly skilled workers turn the wooden chess pieces individually on a wooden lathe and carefully fashioned by hand.
  2. The chess pieces begin life as shapeless blocks of hardwood. Very dense and consistent woods are used, so that meticulous chess pieces are carved out of it. The complexity of the knight is often the biggest factor in the cost of a chess set, in some cases it can take an expert knight carver up to four days to carve four knights. Chess pieces with extremely detailed displaying strands of hair, teeth, etc are hence costly because of the level of hard work put into them for carving out those extraordinary chess pieces.

How to Make Wooden Chess Set, Buy Wooden Chess Set Online

Now let’s learn the theoretical part of making wooden chess sets

  1. Designing the chess pieces: The very first step is to choose a design for your chess pieces. You can get a design online, from books or you can think of your design.
  2. Carving the pieces on wooden lathe:  Take two different kinds of woods, one for darker side and for lighter side. You can also choose same kind of wood for both the sides, the pieces then can be stained afterwards.Now take the wooden block and mount it on the lathe. Start turning and press the cutting tool up to the turning piece of wood, to begin carving it.
  3. Doing the fine carving: Now this is the most challenging part of chess making process. Carve your chess pieces to perfection using special tools, knifes and your hand. Use your chess design and give those details to your chess pieces.
  4. Sanding and treating the chess pieces – It is very important to sand the chess pieces, in order to get the smooth and even surface. Chess pieces are then treated with a solution that helps the chess pieces to preserve.
  5. Final finishing and polishing – Final touches are made and chess pieces are polished to a high shine. Chessbazaar buff polishes the chess pieces to make world’s best quality chess pieces.

Now take all the required tools like pencil, scratch paper, wooden lathe, sandpaper of different grits etc and begin carving your dream chess set or we at chessbazaar will be more than glad to make the chess set that you always wanted but could not find or it was way too expensive to buy one from some other seller. Know More

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There’s no doubt that the chess reproductions are always a hot topic in the chess community, regardless of what time of the year it is. To fulfil the aspirations of the collector community, we at chessbazaar, introduced the 19th century repro antique Dublin pattern chess set last month. This announcement gathered a lot of interest among the collectors. Moreover, we also launched 1940-50 reproduced (Soviet Era) Russian series in ebony wood, Reproduced Russian (Soviet Era) series chess set in ebony wood and Dubrovnik chess set v2.0 in sheesham wood. If you have missed the launches or are simply looking for an orderly recap, the table below should be for your interest.

Reproduced 19th Century Antique Series Dublin Pattern Chess Set in Rose & Box Wood – 4.6″ King

Reproduced Russian (Soviet Era) Series Chess Set in Ebony & Box Wood – 4″ King

New 1950 Dubrovnik Bobby Fischer Reproduced Chess Set Version 2.0 in Sheesham / Box Wood – 3.6″ King

1940-50 Reproduced (Soviet Era) Russian Series Chess Set Revised in Ebony & Box Wood – 4.4″ King

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The 19th Century Antique Series Dublin Pattern Chess Set was announced earlier last month and there’s no way you could have missed it. On the odd chance you have, you can bring yourself up to speed here in our monthly recap. Extremely rare 19th mid century Dublin pattern chess pieces with a king height of 4.6″ and a base diameter of 1.8″. The pieces are rugged and triple weighted for the fantastic hand-feel and a very satisfying thud on the chess board. This chess set features chessmen that are crafted with a combination of rose wood and box wood. Shop Now

19th Century Antique Series Dublin Pattern Chess SetChess is one of the most popular games in the Soviet Union and there is one interesting fact that most of the world chess champions were citizens of the Soviet Union. Russian soviet series is among the most beautiful Russian series we have ever launched and now we have introduced reproduced Russian (Soviet Era) series chess set in ebony & box wood with the king height of 4 inches. The chess set comes with 34 pieces including 2 extra queens. This set is triple weighted and the chess pieces have thick green felt on their bases. Shop Now

Reproduced Russian (Soviet Era) Series Chess SetDubrovnik Bobby Fischer reproduced series is our most popular series, and all versions of it have been hugely successful, though it was the first one that made the greatest splash. Following the success of Dubrovnik Series, we have introduced the version 2.0 in sheesham & box wood with the king height of 3.6 inches, though some might wonder if it’s actually an upgrade over the previous version! Based on the customers review and suggestions, we worked with our best carvers to bring the most accurate reproduction for our esteemed customers. The result is Dubrovnik 2.0. This version 2.0 is simply gorgeous, and exquisitely striking, therefore each piece is carved with meticulous care. Our most magnificent chess set yet takes nearly a week to create. It’s a chess set that is truly like no other. Shop Now 

1950 Dubrovnik Bobby Fischer Reproduced Chess Set1940-50 Reproduced (Soviet Era) Russian Series Chess Set Revised in Ebony & Box Wood – 4.4″ king made the headlines as well, with a king height of 4.1″ and a base diameter of 1.6″ these pieces are rugged and have thick green felt on their bases. The dark side of chess pieces is made in ebony wood and the lighter side is made in box wood. Shop Now

1940-50 Reproduced (Soviet Era) Russian Series Chess SetThat’s all for now. Follow us on Twitter & Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest releases, offers & promotions. We’d glad to know your views and experiences of the chess sets which you have purchased from us. You can also get the updates direct on your email by sign upto our newsletter.

Happy Chess Playing!

Valentine’s Special – Gifts for your special one at up to 55% off

February 14 is celebrated as Valentine’s Day and the month February is celebrated as the month of romance in honour of the great Saint Valentine who revolted against the then king of Rome who was barbarically against the right to love and marriage for his soldiers. The message of love and hope spread far and wide and here we are, keeping the tradition up even after numerous centuries.

Valentine’s Day is a day of love, lust, passion and most importantly, gifts. It is the best time to show your loved ones with your gifts that how much that special someone means to you.  Valentine’s Day provides couples, families and friends the time to give thoughtful and affectionate gifts, rather than opulent ones. When Cupid’s arrow is involved, the best gifts are those that come from the heart. So we have some very different and special handmade gifts for everyone from your parents, your best friends to your siblings, and of course your special Mr. or Ms. Right!

Valentine’s Day is just few days away and love is in the air. So if you wish to hit the right cord of your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s heart on Valentine’s Day who is also a chess player or if you’re planning to let him/her recognize your feelings deep down the heart,  then you can opt for gifting your sweetheart a beautiful chess set.


Make this February 14th the most memorable day for your sweetheart with chessbazaar. Love is beautiful, love is eternal, love is happiness, so don’t hide it; share it with your sweetheart through our gifts. There are endless ways to say “I love you.” If you’re at a loss for words or you want to express it in a different way then go for our personalized chess sets. Propose your love this 8th February with a chess set engraved with your heart feelings on it. Add his/her name on the handmade chess set or anything that expresses your feelings in the best way and to make you gift very unique.

We deliver in 4-5 working days worldwide and that makes sure that your chess set reaches your sweetheart on time. No matter how many promises you make and how many words you express, this speechless form of expression says thousand words to your beloved. So this year plan a special chess set as gift that would make his/ her heart swell with joy. And for this chessbazaar brings you an all inclusive valentine gift store which will leave you enthralled and is sure to sweep your lover, beloved off their feet and right into your arms. Here you will find best valentine Online Sale Offers, discount Deals, discount coupons, promo codes and flash sales for wooden chess sets, wood chess pieces, wooden chess boards, leather folding chess boards, chess set accessories etc. Shop Now

So get going and place your order now on to make this Valentine Day the most memorable day in your life to cherish. is all set to express your unconditional and irrevocable love to your beloved this Valentine Day.

The Birth of the Staunton Pattern Design

The word “Staunton” in the “Staunton Chess Sets” has been derived from the famous chess master Howard Staunton. English chess master ‘Howard Staunton’ was one of the greatest chess player in the years between 1843 & 1851. It was due to his efforts that England became the one of the major chess centre in late 19th Century. He was not only a chess player, but also a chess promoter, writer and organizer. The Staunton Pattern Chess Set was designed in 1859 by Nathaniel and Jaques of London approved their manufacturing rights. Howard Staunton advertised this chess set made by Nathaniel and the set became popular under the name Staunton chess set. These chess sets have been used all over the world in all major tournaments since. Some common attributes you may find in all Staunton pieces are wide moulded base, Knight basically has head and neck like a horse, King has a stylish crown with cross pattee, Queen is slightly smaller than king with a small round ball mount on her head, Rooks feature stylized crenellated battlements and bishops a Western-style mitre. Pawns are the smallest pieces in the game with round head.

Unfortunately, finding a good and accurate Staunton chess set and matching chess board is not that easy. Most of the online chess stores are selling their chess pieces and chess boards separately either for a casual chess player or for a newbie; it is quite difficult task to match the chess pieces with a correct matching chess board. To make it easier for everyone to choose the right chess pieces with the right board, we have added the matching appropriate sized chess board as “option recommended” on our every product listing of chess pieces.



If you are looking for chess board to match an existing set of pieces then keep these points in your mind before picking up the one.

Staunton chess pieces are available in different colors, materials, sizes and weights. When matching pieces to a chess board, the size and wood color must be considered. The chess board should be approximately half (in cm) the height of the King (in mm).

Here are some predefined standard sizes:

70mm chess king suits a 40cm chess board

85mm chess king suits a 45-50cm chess board.

95mm chess king suits a 50-55cm chess board.

105mm-110mm chess king suits a 55cm-60cm chess board.

Note: If you can’t find your chess piece dimensions in a given standard size chart then use a larger chessboard square by up to 25%. Buying a smaller square size board will risk crowding the pieces. We have a great range of veneer chess boards, tournament chess boards. Please explore here.

Our Staunton chess pieces range starts from as low as $46 with a variety of sizes and woods. Every single listing of the chess pieces on our website is matched up with a suitable chess board. Browse our Staunton range here.

Some Examples of Popular Staunton Chess Sets

Reproduced 1849 Staunton Pattern Chess Set in Ebony / Antiqued Box wood with King Side Stamping – 4.4″ King
The Staunton Series Hand Crafted Wooden Chess Pieces in Sheesham & Box Wood - 4.0" King
The Staunton Series Hand Crafted Wooden Chess Pieces in Sheesham & Box Wood – 4.0″ King
Tournament Series Staunton Chess Pieces with German Knight - 3.7" King
Tournament Series Staunton Chess Pieces with German Knight – 3.7″ King