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The Knights Templar Crusade Hand Painted Chess SetThe Knights Templar Crusade Hand Painted Chess Set
The Crusader Hand Painted Chess SetThe Crusader Hand Painted Chess Set
Battle of Waterloo Hand painted themed Chess set by ItalfamaBattle of Waterloo Hand painted themed Chess set by Italfama
The Ancient Egypt Hand painted themed Chess set by ItalfamaThe Ancient Egypt Hand painted themed Chess set by Italfama
The Ancient Egypt Hand Painted Themed Luxury Charcoal Chess Set By ItalfamaThe Ancient Egypt Hand Painted Themed Luxury Charcoal Chess Set By Italfama
The Berkeley Chess Medieval Metal & Palisander Chess SetThe Berkeley Chess Medieval Metal & Palisander Chess Set
The British Vs Zulus Hand painted themed Chess set by ItalfamaThe British Vs Zulus Hand painted themed Chess set by Italfama
The Cats Vs Dogs Hand Painted Themed Chess Set by ItalfamaThe Cats Vs Dogs Hand Painted Themed Chess Set by Italfama
The Manopoulos Byzantine Empire Chess Set With Wooden Case In BlueThe Manopoulos Byzantine Empire Chess Set With Wooden Case In Blue
The Robin Hood Hand painted themed Chess set by ItalfamaThe Robin Hood Hand painted themed Chess set by Italfama
Medieval Hand Painted Chess SetMedieval Hand Painted Chess Set
The Art Deco Sheesham and Walnut Chess SetThe Art Deco Sheesham and Walnut Chess Set
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The Battle of Troy Hand Painted Chess SetThe Battle of Troy Hand Painted Chess Set
The Battle of Troy Hand Painted Chess Set Sale price€215,95 Regular price€234,95
The Berkeley Chess Egyptian Metal & and Palisander Chess SetThe Berkeley Chess Egyptian Metal & and Palisander Chess Set
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The Camelot Hand Painted Chess SetThe Camelot Hand Painted Chess Set
The Camelot Hand Painted Chess Set Sale price€215,95 Regular price€234,95
The Zombie Hand Painted Chess SetThe Zombie Hand Painted Chess Set
The Hitler Vs Roosevelt WWII Hand Painted Chess SetThe Hitler Vs Roosevelt WWII Hand Painted Chess Set
The Hungarians vs Turkish Hand Painted Chess SetThe Hungarians vs Turkish Hand Painted Chess Set
The King Arthur Hand Painted Chess SetThe King Arthur Hand Painted Chess Set
The King Arthur Hand Painted Luxury Blue Chess SetThe King Arthur Hand Painted Luxury Blue Chess Set
The Napoleon Vs Russians Hand Painted Chess SetThe Napoleon Vs Russians Hand Painted Chess Set
The Napoleon vs Russians Italian Nero Chess SetThe Napoleon vs Russians Italian Nero Chess Set
The Pirates Vs Navy Hand Painted Chess SetThe Pirates Vs Navy Hand Painted Chess Set
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The Romans Vs Arabs Hand Painted Chess SetThe Romans Vs Arabs Hand Painted Chess Set
The Romans Vs Arabs Hand Painted Chess Set Sale price€215,95 Regular price€234,95
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The Romans Vs Egyptians Hand Painted Chess SetThe Romans Vs Egyptians Hand Painted Chess Set
The Romans Vs Egyptians Hand Painted Chess Set Sale price€215,95 Regular price€234,95
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The Russians Vs Mongolians Hand Painted Chess SetThe Russians Vs Mongolians Hand Painted Chess Set
The Russians Vs Mongolians Hand Painted Chess Set Sale price€215,95 Regular price€234,95
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The Zodiac Hand Painted Chess SetThe Zodiac Hand Painted Chess Set
The Zodiac Hand Painted Chess Set Sale price€165,95 Regular price€177,95
The Zombie and Grey Ash Deluxe Chess SetThe Zombie and Grey Ash Deluxe Chess Set

What Are Themed Chess Sets?


Themed chess sets offer a unique and creative twist on the game. These sets feature intricately designed pieces that represent various themes, ranging from historical events and cultural motifs to fantasy realms and popular media franchises.


How Do Themed Chess Sets Differ From Traditional Sets?

 

Themed chess sets are a delightful departure from traditional Staunton-style chess pieces. Instead of the standard king, queen, bishop, knight, rook, and pawn designs, each piece is meticulously crafted to depict characters, figures, or objects that align with a specific theme. These sets not only add visual appeal to the game but also provide an immersive experience for players.


Popular Historical Themed Chess Sets


Many themed chess sets draw inspiration from significant historical events or eras. For example, the Battle of Waterloo set features pieces representing the British and French armies, allowing players to re-enact the famous battle on the chessboard. Other popular historical themes include ancient civilizations like Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as medieval times with knights, kings, and castles.


Cultural and Mythological Themed Chess Sets


Cultural and mythological themed chess sets celebrate various cultures and mythologies from around the world. Players can explore the rich symbolism and imagery of different regions, such as the Aztec or Mayan civilizations and Norse, Greek, or Celtic mythology. These sets often feature intricate carvings and vibrant colours, making them beautiful ornaments. 


Fantasy and Fictional Themed Chess Sets


For those with a love for the fantastical, themed chess sets offer a wide array of options inspired by popular books, movies, and video games. From the wizarding world of Harry Potter to the epic battles of Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings, these sets allow players to immerse themselves in their favourite fictional universes while enjoying a game of chess.


Pop Culture Themed Chess Sets


Themed chess sets also cater to fans of pop culture icons, superheroes, and contemporary media. Players can engage in a match with pieces representing their favourite comic book characters, movie stars, or even sports teams. These sets often feature bold designs and vibrant colours that capture the essence of the chosen theme.


Are Themed Chess Sets Functional For Play?


While themed chess sets may not always adhere to the traditional chess piece proportions or designs, they offer a unique and visually captivating experience for both casual and avid players. These sets not only serve as functional game pieces but also collectibles, conversation starters and excellent decoration for your home.

 

Who Makes Themed Chess Sets?

 

Italfama and Berkeley Chess are two renowned manufacturers of high-quality themed chess sets.

 

Italfama – Baroody Group

Italfama was founded in 1976 near Florence, Italy by Aldo Marsili, who made his first chessboard for friends out of a passion for chess and craftsmanship. Over the years, Italfama has become known for their exquisite hand-painted themed chess sets, such as the Ancient Egypt, Romans vs Egyptians, and Battle of Troy/Trojan sets.

 

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Berkeley Chess, based in the heart of rural Somerset, England, was founded more recently in 2017. They specialize in crafting beautiful chess pieces using traditional production techniques and materials like crushed stone and metal. Some of their most popular sets include the Isle of Lewis pieces, which are replicas of the famous 12th-century Viking chess set discovered on the Isle of Lewis in 1831.

 

Both Italfama and Berkeley Chess are dedicated to creating premium themed chess sets that combine the love of chess with an appreciation for history, literature and art.


Whether you're a history buff, a fantasy lover, or simply appreciate creative and artistic aesthetics, themed chess sets are a charming addition to your home. They bring a touch of whimsy and storytelling to the timeless game and enhance any space.