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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Deluxe Chess Timer in Wood (4)

Deluxe Chess Timer in Wood by Dal Negro

Regular Price: $135.00

Special Price: $100.00

Chess and Checkers in Leather (7)

Chess and Checkers in Leather by Dal Negro

Erable Chess Board (4)

Erable Chess Board 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