The Best Chess Pieces In 2018

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Your guide to finding the best, most unique, and highest quality chess pieces available in 2018.

If you’ve spent any time at all looking around for a new Chess Pieces Set, you will have noticed that there is an almost infinite variety out there. There are pieces made from plastic, glass, marble, stone, and almost any other material you can think of. There are familiar pieces crafted from standard molds, and there are others that would be unrecognizable as chess pieces if they weren’t sitting on a chessboard! They come in all shapes and sizes, with an overwhelming amount of variety. With all these choices, how is anyone supposed to choose?

There are a few things that you should consider when buying a chess set that will help you narrow down your options a lot. They are as follows:

Size: Chess pieces are available in all different sizes, from tiny little travel sets to giant sets that stand as tall as a person! Most of the time you’ll probably want to buy a standard size set, just make sure to take note of what you’re buying so that you don’t end up surprised!

Style: There are several well-respected chess piece styles that are considered traditional. The Staunton pattern is the most popular, and it’s what typically comes to mind when you think of a chess set. This is also the style used in competition. If you want to have a clear, intuitive set where all the pieces are recognizable to everyone, Staunton is the way to go. But if you want something more unique, you can find chess pieces that are not even loosely based off of the Staunton pieces, but instead around some other theme, such as surfing or dragons, or anything else under the sun.

Material: Plastic pieces are perfect for durability and portability, and they make an excellent starter chess game pieces for a kid who may treat them roughly. Wood chess pieces are traditional and lend your board a sense of sophistication. Pieces made of marble, crystal, granite, or other such materials lend an air of luxury to your chess table. Pick a material that you like, and that will hold up well for how you intend to use it.

Weight: Some pieces come weighted to provide added stability to the pieces and make them more difficult to accidentally knock over. Others don’t. If you can, try out both kinds in person to get a feel for the difference between the two and see which type you prefer to play with.

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7. The Battle of Gettysburg Chess Pieces

This set is another off the beaten path design for a niche crowd. If you’re an American Civil War buff as well as a chess player, this may well be the set for you. The Battle of Gettysburg themed chess pieces set is based off of the American Civil War and is appropriately colored blue and grey. It features Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant as the two Kings, with their wives as the Queens. Pawns are foot soldiers, and Rooks are each army’s headquarters on a pedestal swathed in a Union or Confederate flag. Each piece is hand painted Polyresin with a remarkable level of detail. The material used for The Battle of Gettysburg Chess Board Pieces gives the unique feel and look of natural stone, but provides the durability of plastic, guaranteeing that this chess pieces set will play well and look good for a long, long time. The pieces are padded on the bottom with billiard cloth.

These Battle of Gettysburg chess set pieces are uniquely shaped and recommended for use on chessboards with squares of at least 2.5 inches. A chessboard and chess piece box are not included with the purchase, but may be added on when purchasing as a chess set at an additional cost. Your friends will be impressed and delighted when they see this set!

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Manufacturer Made In Italy
Materials Teak Wood
King Height 6″
Kings Base 1 11/16″

6. The Camelot Series Luxury Porcelain Chess Pieces – 5.0″ King

These porcelain pieces are among the finest chess pieces for sale in 2018. Each piece is carefully handcrafted by the artist Robert Rowley, and you can see his signature on the leather base pad of each individual piece. The chess pieces are crafted out of unglazed blue and natural porcelain, with a Gothic sculpture design that includes many unique, stylized details. The King’s robes flow freely as if in the breeze, and a full bodied Knight is pictured on horseback. These larger than life game pieces will certainly add some dramatic flair to your chessboard!

The Camelot Series Luxury Porcelain Chess Pieces - Blue

The Camelot Series Luxury Porcelain Chess Pieces Set is one of our favorite sets that communicates the regalness and stateliness of the pieces like no other design does. It’s also a good value for the price, especially considering that buyers can get a discount on a chessboard and chess piece storage box when they purchase these luxury porcelain chess board pieces. This is a delicate set that could be easily broken if mistreated, so we do recommend having a dedicated chess piece storage box for it to keep it in good shape for many years to come.

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Manufacturer The House of Staunton
Materials Porcelain
King Height 5.0” / 12.7 cm
Kings Base 1.375”/ 3.49 cm

5. Large Metal Renaissance Chess Pieces

This stately chess piece set certainly has a commanding presence on any game board. Each piece is modeled after Monarchs of the Renaissance era, cast in solid metal. They have a large size and heavy weight befitting of their stately nature, for example, the King stands robust 5 ½ inches tall. This chess Pieces set is recommended for use on chess boards with 2 inch squares or larger.

The pieces are also available as part of a Chess Set With a Grey Glossy Board that is big enough to easily accommodate the large pieces. We recommend buying the chess set for a better value. The matching chess board complements the pieces really well and makes the large metal renaissance figures look even better on top of it. While these big chess game pieces would still look good on top of any standard black and white chess board, the grey glossy finish seems to bring out the shine and lustre of the metal more. If you want a truly striking piece, spring for the complete set.

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Materials Metal
King Height 5.5″
King Base Diameter 1.5”
Recommended Chess Board 2″

4. The DGT FIDE Chess Pieces – Weighted

These chess game pieces are more advanced than your average set. They were designed by Daniel Weil, the internationally renowned Pentagram designer and architect. The DGT FIDE Chess Pieces are molded to be a blend of the traditional Staunton style with the proportions of classical Greek architecture. The result of this combination is stunning. These DGT chess game pieces were first used in the 2013 World Championship Match, when Magnus Carlsen beat Vishwanathan Anand and become the 16th World Chess Champion.

The DGT FIDE Chess Pieces – Weighted.

The DGT FIDE Chess Pieces are also electronically enabled for use with DGT electronic chess boards and chess computers. To make the most of this set’s features, we recommend using it with The DGT Revelation II, which is the best electronic chess board ever made, as of 2018. With The Full DGT Set, you can analyze your chess games, play against a computer, or even play against real human opponents over the internet. Even without the board, though, these modern chess pieces are a joy to play with. The DGT Revelation II typically comes bundled with a different set of chess pieces, but it is possible to get the FIDE chess pieces included with it instead of the other pieces at a better price than buying them both separately.

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Manufacturer DGT
Materials Wood
King Height 3 3/4″
Kings Base 1 1/2″
Recommended Board Size 2.375” / 6.0 cm

3. The Savano Series Artisan Chess Pieces – 4.4″ King

This beautiful set of hand carved chess pieces offers a stunning amount of detail in each carefully crafted figure. It is available in two colors- natural boxwood and genuine ebony, which is a classic black and white look, or natural boxwood and blood rosewood, which makes the black pieces more of a deep red brown color. Both are stunning. These chess set pieces also comes with a chess box, and you can choose from maple, mahogany, or red burl for that.

The Savano Series Artisan Chess Pieces

You can get a better deal on the matching chessboard and chess box if you buy them along with The Savano Series Artisan Chess Board Pieces. Though the set does come with a free chess box, the Fitted Coffer is a definite step up. That box is actually built to house these specific pieces perfectly. Unlike many other chess boxes where chess pieces are just piled in on top of each other, this box provides a fitted slot for each piece to keep it protected. This will preserve the beauty of your chess set for many years to come.

The pieces are very heavily weighted for maximum stability and will hold up to tons of play. Two extra Queen pieces are also included in the purchase.

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Manufacturer The House of Staunton
Materials Wood
King Height 4.4” / 11.18 cm
Kings Base 1.85” / 4.70 cm

2. The Magnificent Chess Pieces

The Magnificent Chess Pieces are so named for a reason. These are the ultimate in luxury chess pieces. They are made of gold and silver plated 24kt brass and maple and walnut woods. They come in two styles- one with the wood parts dipped in gold and silver paint to create a unique marbled finish, and the other with the wood left natural. These chess pieces are handmade by Italian artists and, with a 5 inch tall King, this set definitely commands attention.

The pieces are recognizably modeled after the Staunton pattern, but take significant departures from it as well. The stylistic choices as well as the bright finishes make this a great set for a modern aesthetic.
The Magnificent Chess Pieces are so gorgeous you may not even want to play with them! While they would certainly look good as a decorative piece sitting out on a nice chess table, they are durable enough to stand up to years of use. This set makes for a great compromise between the recognizability of standard chess figures and a sleek, modern design.

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Manufacturer Imported From Italy
Materials Maple, Brass, Walnut, 24kt Gold
King Height 5″
King Base Diameter 1 3/4″

1. The Camelot Series Artisan Chess Pieces – 4.4″ King

This is a high end, luxury chess set that is a very popular choice for chess players who want to own a quality set of chess pieces. It is made of ebony and natural boxwood, polished to a perfect shiny finish.
The chess pieces are heavily weighted and finished with a billiard cloth bottom to protect your play surface from scratches. One feature of the weighting system in this set is that each of the pieces are weighted according to their importance, meaning that the King and Queen weigh a lot more than the pawns do. That’s a really neat idea and the attention to detail is what makes this such a great, high end chess set.

The Camelot Series Artisan Chess Pieces - Red Color

The Camelot Series Artisan chess board pieces are styled after the Staunton pattern, but the artist has put a little twist on it, adding additional details and making each piece pop while still being part of a harmonious whole. Each set comes with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer, along with an engraved registered plaque. Overall, The Camelot Series Artisan Chess Pieces Set is one of the best, highest quality sets of chess pieces for sale on the market in 2018.

Product Details [Read more]
Manufacturer The House of Staunton
Materials Wood
King Height 4.4” / 11.18 cm
Kings Base 1.9″ / 4.83 cm

Choosing the Best 2018 Chess Pieces For You: A Buyer’s Guide

There is no one size fits all chess piece set, or one that is superior to all others. The choice of a chess set is largely a personal one, based on your own style preferences, interests, aesthetics, and playing style. So how can you be sure you’re buying the right chess set, without a guide to point you in the right direction? Luckily, you don’t have to, because this is that guide. Walk through these few categories in your mind to choose the best chess pieces for your situation:

The Chess Pieces Size

Chess pieces are available in all sizes to accommodate all sizes of chessboards. Most sets will have a recommended board size that acts as a guideline for the buyer. If you already have a chessboard that you intend to use with your new chess piece set, rather than buying a new one that matches the set, make sure to measure the squares of that board and follow the manufacturer’s recommendation. If you have a chessboard with 1.5 inch squares, don’t buy a chess piece set recommended for boards with 2.5 inch squares. That is a recipe for disappointment and an extremely cramped chessboard during games, if you’re even able to play at all. You may be able to get away with a difference of half an inch or so, but it’s always best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations as closely as possible. If you don’t, you may find yourself unexpectedly shelling out for a new, appropriately sized chessboard to accommodate your new chess pieces. It will save you money in the long run to buy chess pieces that fit with your current chessboard, or to buy a chess piece bundle that includes its own matching chessboard.

The Chess Pieces Style

There is an almost infinite variety when it comes to chess piece styles. Of course the most popular and recognizable is the Staunton style, but on this list alone, we’ve seen sets themed around surfing, Medieval monarchs, and Civil War figures. That’s not even scratching the tip of the iceberg! Whatever your style is, whether it be traditional, modern, simplistic, futuristic, or anything in between, there is a chess piece set out there for you, we guarantee it. Just make sure to consider when you’re buying a chess set that’s more “out there,” many people won’t be able to immediately recognize each piece as they would with a more standard set. Consider whether that presents a problem for you, for example if you regularly play with friends or students. These unique sets are also typically not allowed in competitive play, so if you plan to enter any competitions, make sure you at least have a “normal” set on hand.

The Chess Pieces Material

Chess board pieces are available in all manner of materials, from ancient mammoth ivory to natural stone to plastic. Each material has its own unique look and list of pros and cons, so just pick the one that you’re most drawn to. Plastic sets are cheap and durable, but often lacking in sophistication, detail, and elegance. Marble sets are gorgeous and luxurious, but sometimes improperly weighted and difficult to play seriously with. Wood sets are traditional and elegant, but some require special care. Our advice is to find a set you like and take into account its material, rather than decided on a material first and going from there. You’ll miss out on a lot of great chess sets that way, and material often doesn’t make as much difference as other design factors like how well it’s designed, weighted, and manufactured.

The Chess Pieces Weight

We recommend choosing a chess piece set that is weighted for balance, either naturally or artificially. For regular play, weighted sets are best. Most chess pieces are weighted with lead discs tucked inside the base of each piece, though some employ more unique weighting systems, such as a decorative brass disc affixed to the bottom of each piece. Other materials, like marble, are naturally well balanced and often do not require additional artificial weighting. The best way to test out the weight of chess pieces is to find them in a physical store and handle them, or find someone who owns them and would let you check them out. Then, you can buy with confidence online.

DGT FIDE Chess Pieces In Their Original Box

The Chess Pieces Durability

Think about how you intend to use your new chess piece set. Will it be in constant play everyday, only see occasional use, or is it going to be a purely decorative item? This will determine what kind of durability is necessary and, to a certain degree, what material you’ll need to buy.

Plastic and wood are among the most durable of materials that can take lots of wear and tear. They are difficult to break, even when dropped to the ground or accidentally stepped on. This makes them a great choice for kids, frequent transportation, or the very clumsy.

Glass and porcelain are among the most delicate materials. They can be used for everyday play, but they need to be treated lightly and cared for responsibly. These are best for home use by adults, and they should always be stored in a protective chess box when not in use.

And then there’s everything in between. Many materials can stand up to rigorous use without breaking, but still may appreciate a little bit of time off or extra care now and then. Make sure to look into the maintenance requirements of any chess game pieces set you’re considering – whether the wood will need refinishing or the metal repolishing, etc.

Cost

And of course there is the matter of cost. If you’re on a tight budget, a handcrafted set may be out of reach for the time being. Don’t waste time ogling them, but turn your attention toward the many wonderful mass manufactured chess set pieces that are for sale in 2018. They are getting more and more stylish by the day. You should be able to find something that you like without breaking the bank relatively easily, if you don’t get your hopes up by first looking at chess sets that are far out of your price range.

Closing

That’s really all there is to it! The main things you’ll need to consider when choosing new chess board pieces if the frequency with which they’ll be used and the level of care they’ll be treated to. Knowing this, you can find a durable or delicate, low maintenance, or precious set according to your needs. Just be honest with yourself and you’ll be able to find something that suits your needs.
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The Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Luxury Chess Pieces – 4.4″ King

This is a highly unique chess set that no one else you know will own. These Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Luxury Chess Pieces are made to order and carved out of 40,000 year old wooly mammoth ivory by skilled artisans. Talk about a conversation piece!

The Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Luxury Chess Pieces – 4.4″ King

The Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Luxury Chess Pieces – 4.4″ King

The natural weight of the ivory means that it is perfectly balanced without the needed for added artificial weights. Both Sets of Pieces are made of solid ivory, with the black pieces being finished with a dark lacquer to provide the perfect amount of visual contrast. This is a Staunton pattern chess set that comes with a free chess box and a certificate of authenticity to prove that it is indeed made from ivory harvested from fossilized wooly mammoths in the depths of the Siberian Tundra. It is an already extremely rare commodity as you may imagine, and only 1% of the ivory collected is of high enough quality to be made into chessmen, making it even rarer still. Because of the extremely limited supply of wooly mammoth ivory available that is growing smaller all the time, we recommend you buy This Ivory Chess Pieces Set sooner rather than later.

These Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Luxury Chess Pieces Set offers buyers a unique opportunity to own an ivory chess set without contributing to cruelty toward elephants and walruses who are regularly poached for their tusks. Wooly mammoth ivory can be considered the only cruelty-free type available for sale in 2018. But once again you will have to act quickly, because there is a possibility the US may soon ban the trade of ivory to protect endangered animals, and mammoth ivory may not be expressly excluded from that ban.

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Manufacturer The House of Staunton
Materials Mammoth Ivory
King Height 4.4” / 11.18 cm
King Base 2.0” / 5.0 cm
The Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Luxury Chess Pieces set

The Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Luxury Chess Pieces

The Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Luxury - Knight Chess Piece

The Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Luxury – Knight

Coral Stone & White Marble German Staunton Chess Pieces – 4″ King

The simple, pared down design of these chess pieces, along with the luxurious materials used, make This Coral Stone & White Marble Set one of the most stunning chess pieces on this list of reviews. It is not overstated, not ostentatious, but possess a sort of quiet elegance that is quite unmatched. Each piece is turned from natural marble and coral stone, harvested from the seabed and embedded with ancient fossils. While many marble chess piece sets are purely decorative, This Coral Stone & White Marble Chess Pieces Set is designed for use and favored by serious players. It has a good weight and well balanced, good sized pieces.

Coral Stone & White Marble German Staunton Chess Pieces

These Coral & Marble German Staunton Chess Set Pieces affords instant luxury to any chessboard, and, by extension, any home. These pieces are one of our favorite natural stone sets and one of the most simply elegant sets out there, all for a bargain price! It’s rare to find a good marble chess set at this price point, especially one so beautiful. In fact, we’re almost inclined to think that this pricing is a mistake! Best to buy soon before the manufacturers figure out what their set is really worth.

Product Details
Manufacturer The Chess Store
Materials Solid Coral Stone & White Marble
King Height 4″
King Base Diameter 1.25″
Recommended Board Size 2.25” Squares / 5.7 cm, 2.375” / 6.0 cm
Coral Stone & White Marble German Staunton Chess Pieces Set

Coral Stone & White Marble German
Staunton Chess Pieces Set

The Killarney Series Luxury Chess Pieces – 4.875″ King

The Killarney Series Luxury Chess Pieces are a definite departure from the Staunton pattern. In fact, this unique design was actually drawn up by chess maestro Frank Camaratta, and is based on a pre-Staunton pattern that originated in the Victorian era. The Killarney Series Luxury Chess Pieces are heavily weighted with unique brass disks affixed to the bottom of each piece and padded with green billiard cloth- except for a single Rook piece from each army, which is padded with leather. It’s a beautiful chess pieces set and also a bargain, and you won’t find better value for your money anywhere in this price range. Each set is made up of 34 chessmen, including four Queens. The Killarney Series Luxury Chess Pieces Set comes with a certificate of authenticity as well as an original manufacturer’s plaque with the production number on it that can be affixed to the underside of a Chess box.

The Killarney Series Luxury Chess Pieces

The original Killarney chess pieces upon which these are based were turned from Arbutus and Yew woods. The Killarney pattern is an almost forgotten style of chess piece that up until recently had fallen into fable. Luckily, the craftsmen were able to bring it back with This Accurate Reproduction, but only for a limited run. The rarity and historical significance of the Killarney style makes this set a great collectible chess piece.

Product Details
Manufacturer The House of Staunton
Materials Argentine Lignum Vitae
King Height 4.875” / 12.38
Kings Base 1.5” / 3.81 cm
The Killarney Series Luxury Chess Pieces Set

The Killarney Series Luxury Chess Pieces

The Killarney Series Luxury Chess Pieces.

The Killarney Series Luxury Chess Pieces

6. The Lund Anglo-Indian Reproduction Luxury Bone Chess Pieces – 4.75″ King

These chess figures are definitely a collector’s item. The design of The Anglo-Indian Luxury Chess Board Pieces is believed to have been pioneered by English artisan Thomas Lund in the early 1800s, and it has been popular among collectors ever since. Each beautifully detailed piece is hand carved out of camel bone by a master craftsman. This is a dying artform with the maker of this fine set being one of the last remaining true masters of the craft. Because of this, there are only a limited number of sets for sale that will be made before the technique dies out forever. With that perspective, The Lund Anglo-Indian Bone Chess Piece Set is an amazing find.

The Lund Anglo-Indian Reproduction Luxury Bone Chess Pieces - Red Color

The Lund Angelo-Indian Reproduction Luxury Bone Chess Pieces are available in two colorways, bone white and red or bone white and orange. This set is very fairly priced for the level of quality and craftsmanship that you receive. If you’re interested in this hand carved chess pieces set, we recommend buying now while you can get an amazing deal on it.

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Manufacturer The House of Staunton
Materials Camel Bone
King Height 4.75” / 12.07 cm
Kings Base 1.5” / 3.81 cm
The Lund Anglo-Indian Reproduction Luxury Bone Chess Pieces Set

The Lund Anglo-Indian Luxury Bone Chess Pieces

The Lund Anglo Indian Reproduction Luxury Bone Queen Chess Piece

The Lund Anglo Indian Luxury Bone Chess Pieces – Queen

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