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The Emerald Black and Walnut Folding Chess SetThe Emerald Black and Walnut Folding Chess Set
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Pioneer Solid Walnut and Sheesham Chess Set with CasePioneer Solid Walnut and Sheesham Chess Set with Case
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French Knight Ebonised Classic Chess SetFrench Knight Ebonised Classic Chess Set
French Knight Ebonised Classic Chess Set Sale price€177,95 Regular price€203,95
Executive Palisander Chess SetExecutive Palisander Chess Set
Executive Palisander Chess Set Sale price€298,95
Fierce Knight Black and Wenge Compact Chess SetFierce Knight Black and Wenge Compact Chess Set
Fierce Knight Blue Chess SetFierce Knight Blue Chess Set
Fierce Knight Blue Chess Set Sale price€450,95
Frankfurt Grand Black Chess SetFrankfurt Grand Black Chess Set
Frankfurt Grand Wenge Chess SetFrankfurt Grand Wenge Chess Set
Highgrove Walnut Chess Set with CaseHighgrove Walnut Chess Set with Case
Jacob Knight Sheesham & Mahogany Chess SetJacob Knight Sheesham & Mahogany Chess Set
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Oxford Ash Burl Chess SetOxford Ash Burl Chess Set
Oxford Ash Burl Chess Set Sale price€450,95 Regular price€557,95
Oxford Series Black & Blue Erable Chess SetOxford Series Black & Blue Erable Chess Set
Down Head Classic Sheesham Deluxe Chess SetDown Head Classic Sheesham Deluxe Chess Set
Sicilian Rosewood and Walnut Chess SetSicilian Rosewood and Walnut Chess Set
Supreme Ebony Chess Set with Burl Wood CaseSupreme Ebony Chess Set with Burl Wood Case
Supreme Rosewood Chess Set with Burl Wood CaseSupreme Rosewood Chess Set with Burl Wood Case
Traditional Chess and Draughts SetTraditional Chess and Draughts Set
The Antiqued British Staunton and Walnut Deluxe Chess SetThe Antiqued British Staunton and Walnut Deluxe Chess Set
The Atlantic Black and Ash Burl Chess SetThe Atlantic Black and Ash Burl Chess Set
The British Staunton Black and Mahogany Chess SetThe British Staunton Black and Mahogany Chess Set
The Conquest Walnut and Black Folding Chess SetThe Conquest Walnut and Black Folding Chess Set
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The Down Head Acacia Championship Chess SetThe Down Head Acacia Championship Chess Set
The Down Head Acacia Championship Chess Set Sale price€184,95 Regular price€203,95
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The Down Head Black Mahogany Compact Chess Set With BagThe Down Head Black Mahogany Compact Chess Set With Bag
The Down Head Black Mahogany Compact Chess Set With Bag Sale price€146,95 Regular price€203,95
American Sheesham and Walnut Chess SetAmerican Sheesham and Walnut Chess Set
Down Head Classic Black Deluxe Chess SetDown Head Classic Black Deluxe Chess Set
Down Head Knight Academy Medium Chess SetDown Head Knight Academy Medium Chess Set
Down Head Black Grand Championship Chess SetDown Head Black Grand Championship Chess Set
Down Head Knight Academy Small Chess SetDown Head Knight Academy Small Chess Set
Down Head Classic Wenge Deluxe Chess SetDown Head Classic Wenge Deluxe Chess Set
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Down Head Knight Academy Large Chess SetDown Head Knight Academy Large Chess Set
Down Head Knight Academy Large Chess Set Sale price€177,95 Regular price€203,95
Down Head Grand Sheesham Championship Chess SetDown Head Grand Sheesham Championship Chess Set
Down Head Sheesham Championship Chess SetDown Head Sheesham Championship Chess Set
Down Head Black Championship Chess SetDown Head Black Championship Chess Set
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The Down Head Sheesham and Mahogany Chess SetThe Down Head Sheesham and Mahogany Chess Set
The Down Head Sheesham and Mahogany Chess Set Sale price€184,95 Regular price€203,95
The Down Head Black Mahogany Set with bagThe Down Head Black Mahogany Set with bag
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American Staunton Sheesham and Black Chess SetAmerican Staunton Sheesham and Black Chess Set
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Antiqued British Mahogany Chess SetAntiqued British Mahogany Chess Set
Antiqued British Mahogany Chess Set Sale price€181,95 Regular price€271,95
Atlantic Gloss Black and Natural Chess SetAtlantic Gloss Black and Natural Chess Set
Atlantic Rosewood and Ash Burl Chess SetAtlantic Rosewood and Ash Burl Chess Set
Blackmore Grandmaster Chess SetBlackmore Grandmaster Chess Set
Classic Staunton Acacia and Maple Chess SetClassic Staunton Acacia and Maple Chess Set
Classic Staunton Tiger Ebony and Black Chess SetClassic Staunton Tiger Ebony and Black Chess Set
Competition Black and Wenge Staunton Chess Set with CaseCompetition Black and Wenge Staunton Chess Set with Case
Competition Black Staunton Chess Set with CaseCompetition Black Staunton Chess Set with Case
Conquest Series Black and Mahogany Chess SetConquest Series Black and Mahogany Chess Set
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French Knight Rosewood Chess SetFrench Knight Rosewood Chess Set
French Knight Rosewood Chess Set Sale price€254,95 Regular price€285,95
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Victoria Sheesham Deluxe Staunton Chess SetVictoria Sheesham Deluxe Staunton Chess Set
Victoria Sheesham Deluxe Staunton Chess Set Sale price€298,95 Regular price€330,95
Windsor Ebony and Montgoy Palisander Chess SetWindsor Ebony and Montgoy Palisander Chess Set
Atlantic Rosewood Chess SetAtlantic Rosewood Chess Set
Atlantic Rosewood Chess Set Sale price€266,95
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Competition Compact Walnut Chess SetCompetition Compact Walnut Chess Set
Competition Compact Walnut Chess Set Sale price€254,95 Regular price€304,95

Staunton Chess Sets


What is a Staunton Chess Set?

 

The Staunton chess set is the standard design used in tournaments and recognized worldwide by chess players. This iconic style was first introduced in 1849 by Nathaniel Cooke and manufactured by the renowned games maker John Jaques of London. The set was named after the top chess player of the era, Howard Staunton, who endorsed and promoted the new design.


The Staunton pattern was created to address the need for a chess set with pieces that were easy to recognize and use. The design features a simple yet elegant appearance, with each piece having a distinct shape and size. For example, the king has a cross on top, the queen wears a coronet, and the bishop has a mitre-shaped head. These clear differences make the pieces easy to tell apart during play.

 

STAUNTON

 

The Official Staunton Company

 

Many people believe there is an official company called "Staunton" that makes these chess sets, but this is not true. The term "Staunton" only refers to the specific style of chess pieces, not a brand or company. While the original sets were made by John Jaques, many other manufacturers now produce Staunton-style sets of varying quality and materials. Here at Regency Chess, we stock a vast variety of Staunton sets.

 

John Jaques

 

The Gold Standard


Despite the lack of a single official maker, the Staunton design remains the gold standard for chess sets. Its balanced proportions, weighted pieces, and clean lines have made it a favourite among both casual players and grandmasters for over 150 years. Today, you can find Staunton sets made from a variety of materials, including wood, plastic, and even metal, at a wide range of price points to suit any budget.

 

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned player, a Staunton chess set is a timeless choice that combines function and elegance. With its rich history and enduring popularity, it's no wonder the Staunton pattern has become synonymous with the game of chess itself.

 

The Staunton chess set's journey from its inception to becoming the world's most recognizable chess set design is a testament to its craftsmanship and practicality. The set's widespread adoption in tournaments and clubs has solidified its position as the standard for serious play.

 

High-End Staunton Chess Sets


Collectors and enthusiasts also prize Staunton sets for their historical significance and aesthetic appeal. Many manufacturers offer luxury and vintage versions. Luxury sets mostly crafted from premium materials like ebony, rosewood, and boxwood, with intricate detailing on the knight pieces and vintage sets replicating the original designs from 1849.


The Staunton chess set is an iconic design that has stood the test of time. Its combination of elegance, functionality, and historical significance has made it the go-to choice for players of all skill levels and a beloved addition to any chess enthusiast's collection.