Fine chess boards could only be found in Europe before William F. Drueke made use of the world famous wood turners and craftsman of Grand Rapids, Michigan to begin producing quality wooden chess boards and pieces in 1914. For nearly 100 years since then Drueke chess boards have been the standard by which all other wooden chess boards in America are measured. Passing down woodworking techniques and a pride in producing only top-quality work through three generations, Drueke has continued to set the bar for chess sets while expanding their lineup to include many other popular games such as cribbage, backgammon, and dominoes.

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Chess Board in Walnut

Chess Board in Walnut by Drueke

Chess Set in Walnut and Rosewood

Chess Set in Walnut and Rosewood by Drueke

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What is a Staunton chess set?

In 1849 a universal design for chess pieces was created by Howard Staunton, resulting in the familiar figures still in use today. Tournament chess sets will utilize variations of this design.

Serious play or serious style?

For competitive play, look for a Staunton set with properly weighted pieces, in black and white, and with minimal distractions. For display sets or casual play let your imagination run wild.

"Chess problems demand from the composer the same virtues that characterize all worthwhile art: originality, invention, conciseness, harmony, complexity, and splendid insincerity."

Vladimir Nabokov, "Poems and Problems", 1969