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Chess Sets

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Carefully Matched Sets

Our range of chess sets combines the best selection of chess pieces and boards into perfectly matched sets. While we sell a huge range of chess boards and a huge range of pieces our chess sets section takes the guess work out of matching the two together perfectly. Our range of chess sets caters for all styles and budgets and includes a wide variety of designs and styles. So if you are looking for the UK's premier chess shop you have come to the right place. It's worth noting that all the chess sets we have for sale have been very carefully chosen for their quality, style, durability and quality control. We only source our products from the worlds very best producers of chess pieces and boards. We hope you will buy your chess set from us once you have seen the vast range of styles, sizes and wood types we have on offer.

Wooden sets

Most of the chess sets in our range feature wooden boards and wooden pieces. Wood is by far the most common and popular material used for chess sets and boards and while there are plenty of other materials used for chess pieces, the boards are almost always wooden. The types of wood used varies immensely with a huge selection of woods available, from mahogany to ebony, the selection is vast. Within the scope of wooden sets we also stock plenty of extremely rare and precious woods which includes rosewood, sandalwood and ebony. Ebony for example, has been used to make chessmen for over two hundred years. It has characteristics that lend itself perfectly to the formation of dark chessmen. It takes on a solid black, almost plastic appearance because it is so dense in it's texture. For those who are less interested in tradition woods like rosewood and sandalwood offer a more attractive grain pattern, and warm rich orange, purple, red and brown tones. Which ever wood you choose, you can be assured that all of the wooden sets supplied by The Regency Chess Company are of the highest quality.

Chess set and board

The term 'chess sets' is a very general term that can mean anything from a set of pieces on their own, a travel set or a flat or folding board with pieces and a box. In our chess sets section we refer to a set of pieces combined with a board. Other sections on our website feature boards on their own, travel sets and chessmen.

We are proud to be stocking the range of Studio Anne Carlton themed chess sets. These fine sets are world renowned for their quality and attention to detail. Popular themes such as Lord of the Rings and the Battle of Waterloo are included as are The Tower of London and Richard The Lion Heart. These famous themed chess sets are available in both hand painted and undecorated formats and are available in our chess sets section with perfectly matched boards. We are selling the full sized versions as well as the compact sets that only come in the hand painted versions.

Download the Regency Chess Score Sheet

The Regency Chess Company score sheet is free to download as a printable PDF. If you need a chess score sheet in a hurry, or prefer to print your own rather than buy a pad, our free download is the ideal solution. Simply print the score sheet onto a sheet of A4 paper for two score sheets.

Isle of Lewis Chess

The Lewis chess set has become the second most iconic chess piece design in the world after Staunton. We are delighted to be offering a really good selection of Lewis sets. We are socking the SAC branded pieces in both full size and mini versions, but the jewel in the crown of our range of Lewis pieces is the National Museum set. These pieces are made in England using a high quality resin in molds derived from laser scans of the actual pieces. We have combined our selection of Lewis pieces with a variety of chess boards. This has created a beautiful selection of Lewis chess sets. The range starts at just under fifty pounds and goes up to over three hundred for our super luxury Lewis chess set.

Standard Chess Sets

What is a standard chess set? A standard chess set is something we often get asked for when buyers have become confused by the huge range of chess sets on our website. Essentially a standard chess set can mean different things. There is a tournament standard which requires a three and a three quarter inch king, Staunton chessmen and a 20 inch chess board. Or for some the term standard simply refers to the style of chessmen they are looking for which would of course be the classic Staunton style. If you are looking for the standard set, but don't need to meet tournament standards then simply browse any of the sets in the Staunton chess sets category, you are certain to find what you are looking for. But where ever you eventually choose to buy your chess set from, we hope that the vast array of sets we have on our site will go some way to help you choose the best product.

Unusual Chess Sets

Our range of chess sets is extensive and although most of what we sell is classic and traditional Staunton chess sets we do have some very unusual chess sets as part of our offering. We stock the full range of Berkeley Chess chessmen which includes some very unusual designs such as the Royal Beast Metallic set of chessmen. We sell their chessmen on their own and we’ve also combined many of their sets with perfectly matched chess boards to create the perfect unusual chess set. While we wouldn’t advocate using one of these sets for serious chess playing they are great collectibles and make great ornamants.

Chess Sets for Kids

We have a great range of Children's chess sets available at Regency chess. It goes without saying that chess can be an extremely effective learning and development aid for young people and children. We have sets ranging in size and price that are ideal for children. Many of these sets will see them through to adulthood too. When looking for chess games for kids it's important to remember that the size, price and durability of the set is all paramount. There's little point in spending hundreds of pounds on a luxury set for a child. We would still recommend buying something of good lasting quality, thankfully we sell great sets for as little as ten pounds.

How many pawns in a chess set?

There is a total of sixteen pawns in every chess set. Eight in one colour and eight in another colour. The number of pawns supplied with each chess set is fixed at this amount.

Handmade Chess Set

Almost all the chess sets on our site are handmade. The chess pieces are turned on a lathe one by one. A method which has been used for over a hundred and fifty years. The entire process of making a chess piece involves many stages all of which are undertaken by hand. While lathes have become motorised and most carving tools are electric the overall process remain in the hands of extremely skilled craftsmen. The chess boards we sell are all hand made with real wood inlay. There is minimal automation in the process. So, if you’re looking for a truly handmade chess set, we have a vast range of amazing sets to choose from.

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