Chess: The Original Game

Chess, played by masters, now has a style and elegance befitting its long history and worldwide appeal. Zontik’s selection of boards, pieces, clocks, and cabinets spans the gamut from warm wood to sterling silver. Sculpted pieces and hand-crafted boards are made to appeal to the true student of the game as well as to those who just admire the marriage of beauty and intellect.

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Chess Book Box (3)

Chess Book Box by Geoffrey Parker

Chess Set w/ Green Leather Cabinet

Chess Cabinet Set in Conifer Green by Geoffrey Parker

Chess Scalloped (3)

Chess Scalloped by Geoffrey Parker

Silver Jubilee Chess (2)

Silver Jubilee Chess by Geoffrey Parker

Chess Clock (3)

Chess Clock by Geoffrey Parker

Toulipier Chess Board (4)

Toulipier Chess Board by Dal Negro

Checkers Set 3600-FM (1)

Checkers Set 3600-FM by Deuce

Chess Set 4000-FM (1)

Chess Set 4000-FM by Deuce

Chess Pieces in Brown (3)

Chess Pieces in Brown by Dal Negro

Chess Pieces in Blue (3)

Chess Pieces in Blue by Dal Negro

Chess Pieces in Green (3)

Chess Pieces in Green by Dal Negro

Transparent Chess Timer  (4)

Transparent Chess Timer by Dal Negro

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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