Tools of the Trade – Chess Equipment

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Chess is not complete without its gears. Over the years, little has changed to the equipments used for chess games. The board and pieces, with the exception of the rules, have remained slightly similar to its predecessors. However, the trend of designing chess sets has been practiced for several centuries. Themes from different sources, be it literature, movie or popular culture, were used to design the board and pieces used for chess games.

The Chess Sets

There are several variations of designs for chess sets. Basically, chess pieces used for the game are figurines that are taller than they are wide. They are also available in an array of designs. However, probably the most popular design is the Staunton design, after Howard Staunton, the 19th century English chess player. Staunton designs were created by Nathaniel Cook.

Staunton style chess sets were first seen in 1849 and were created by Jaques of London. Since then, the Staunton designs were considered as the standard design used for actual chess games.

The demand for the universal model of chess pieces were renewed during the late 18th century and early 19th century. During those times, chess...

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