Themed Chess Sets
A look at chess sets from the classic Staunton to the novelty Lord of the Rings chessmen. Serious chess players as well as chess collectors are likely to find new chess themes.
Chess set themes for everyone
Chessmen with style
Chess used to be a very boring game but the advent of themed chess sets has revitalized the board game and brought it to many new players and fans. Collectors just love the variety of sets that are now available and many people who collect chess memorabilia cannot even play the game and only know a smattering of chess rules. Nonetheless, chess fans love chess pieces be they mini indoor sets used for travel or large outdoor sets that stand proudly on the front lawn.
Chocolate chess game
Enjoyable game in every sense
|Chocolate Mold, Set of 16 Chess Pieces. Buy 2 Molds to Ma...|
Edible chess pieces
Cheap chess molds for chocolate pieces
How about a Lego chess set or a chess game that you can eat? A great way to get kids interested in chess is to allow them to eat the spoils of war, so to speak. If you buy some good quality white, milk and dark chocolate you will be able to create an edible chess feast.
Lego chess pieces
|LEGO Vikings Chess Set|
Lego minifig chess
This Lego set is beautiful, if somewhat expensive. Children with lots of Lego minifigures are sure to be able to construct their own set of chess men. A simple paper chess board will suffice for the playing area.
Video game chess theme
|Super Mario Chess|
Super Mario King
TV and computer games chess
Many TV programs have spin off themed chess sets. The Simpsons are a prime example but this themed set is from the famous computer game. Chess Super Mario is available for live play.
Transformers Chess Theme
|Transformers Chess Set|
Transformers Chess Set
Plus hand painted chess sets
The popular toy maker Hasbro, famous for its Transformer range has a themed Transformer chess set too. Although Hasbro make KREO, a building block toy very similar to Lego this chess set consists of solid chess pieces in the shape of the famous Transformer figures. Less boyish is the beautiful Alice in WonderlandHand-Painted Chess Set or the Winnie The Pooh themed set.
Lord of the Rings Chess Set
As a collector, rather than with my chess hat on, I love the work of JRR Tolkien so it is no surprize that I have a soft spot for the Lord of the Rings chess set. The pieces consist of the main LOTR characters and include Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, Orcs as well as the main characters like Frodo, Gandalf, Sauron and Aragorn.
Collectible chess set
|The Lord of the Rings Decorative Chess Set|
Staunton chess pieces
Named after a former world chess champion
Chess clubs usually used the definitive Staunton chess set and this is the set I recommend for anyone beginning to learn the game of kings (as it is called). The pieces are distinctive and if you invest in such as set, do opt for a 4" set. the 4 inch refers to the biggest chess piece which is the king. Another factor when considering a 'good' set is to ensure that the pieces are 'triple weighted'. This means that each piece has leaden weights in the base and this greatly aids stability and gives the chessmen a 'proper' tactile feel to them. A light weight set will continually topple over and cause annoyance.
Staunton chess sets are the de-facto standard for serious players
|House of Staunton Classic 4.0" Chess Set|
Looking for exceptionally well-crafted wooden Chessmen at a very reasonable price? Look no further than the Classic Series Chessmen from the House of Staunton. Designed to ...
|Tournament Staunton Complete Chess Set|
Beautiful No. 6 tournament standard size folding wooden inlaid chess board. Each Staunton chess piece is individually handcrafted and weighted with metal. Made from renewable ...
Other chess themes
Selection of chess themed sets
There are many more sets available including very large outdoor sets that one might see in exclusive gardens. These pieces are so big that a person can easily hide behind them. Somewhat smaller is the travel sets with the pegged chess pieces that are plugged into the tiny holes in the middle of the chessboard squares. There are, of course, glass and metal sets as well as the normal plastic ones but do consider a wooden rosewood set if you have the urge to purchase a set.
Strange themes and 3 dimensional chess sets
Slightly weirder is the 3 dimensional sets and the four player versions with the odd looking boards. Other themed sets follow certain historic wars and usually die cast metal (pewter) is used for the pieces which are often hand-painted. Everything from civil war chess sets to Star Wars chess is available.
These themed chess sets have encouraged many kids to take up the sport of chess, which is a great developmental tool and a fun way to keep your mind active.