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The House of Staunton manufactures the world’s finest chess sets, boards, and boxes and their Staunton pattern is the standardized hallmark of modern chess. The Staunton pattern, introduced 145 years ago, captures the feel of old-world craftsmanship. These masterpieces are handcrafted from the finest Ebony, Blood Rosewood, Amboyna Burl, and 40,000 year old Wooly Mammoth Ivory and are heavily weighted and felted. Their chess pieces have been featured in print ads and comics, as well as NBC’s The West Wing, the film Wild, Wild West, and included in the world’s best selling chess program: “Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition.”

For you boomers not up on your chess history, chess originated from the two-player Indian war game, Chatarung dating back to 600 A.D. The rules changed at the end of the 15th century creating a faster-paced game more suitable for organized play, chess notation, codified rules, and strategy books. Chess aficionado, Benjamin Franklin, popularized American chess and the first U.S. Championship was held in 1845. The first women’s championship was held in 1937. The future of American chess is promising as schools across the country adopt chess as part of the regular curriculum, and thousands of kids compete each year in National Scholastic Tournaments. The United States Chess Federation at www.uschess.org provides a wealth of information on Chess Scholarships and Clubs, as well as on players and their ratings. Check out the interactive program to help your child become the next Bobby Fischer, America’s only World Champion.

This website offers boomers and their families a great selection of beautiful and timeless sets to choose from just in time for holiday shopping and you don’t have to go to the mall! The “Reykjavik II Series Bone Chess set” is an exact reproduction of the most historically important set ever produced, used in the 1972 World Chess Championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. Chess aficionados will love the limited edition “Wedgwood Jasperware Figural Chessmen” crafted in premium Wedgwood porcelain destined to become a family heirloom. Personalize your set with laser engraving and design your own tournament kits. Chess bags, clocks, and tables are just some of the other fabulous items offered by the House of Staunton and their magnetic chess sets are perfect for traveling.

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