Chess Sets, Boards & Pieces

Until 1849 many chess sets were elaborate and perplexing affairs that not only appear curious to modern eyes but also often induced frustration amongst players of the times. It was in that year a breakthrough occurred when English newspaper editor Nathaniel Cooke patented an elegant yet rational design made by and sold through Jaques and Son of London. Cooke also asked prominent master and columnist Howard Staunton to promote it. Over 160 years on what came to be called the Staunton pattern king, queen, rook, bishop, knight and pawn remains the definitive standard.

Gambit Chess Supplies stocks a wide range of quality Staunton pattern chess sets and pieces plus chess boards and storage options with styles, sizes and materials that are appealing and practical.

A comprehensive range of leading digital electronic or analogue mechanical chess clocks is also available from which can be selected a suitable timer to complement a new or existing chess set.