The Kaoori Chess Company

The Kaoori Chess Company is a renowned chess shop that provides ample opportunity for chess players in the UK to purchase their favorite chess sets UK. We provide a variety of product options, ranging from unique chess sets to Staunton chess set to travel chess set and even themed chess set options. If you want to know more about who we are, what we do, and the true Kaoori Chess Company difference, then read on.

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There are very few people living in the modern world who never heard of chess. A lot of us play it occasionally, or even on a regular basis, but are you sure you know all there is to know about chess? Not only about the rules, and how the pieces move, but truly know the game, its strategy, and history inside out. It is not merely a board game, but a whole layer of human history. A pastime that transformed with centuries, but still managed to keep its essence throughout all the changes.

So, are you ready to be captivated out of your mind by this magnificent game? If you are, then let’s dive deeper into the origins of chess and give you some insight before we go into a more detailed discussion on the specifics.

A bit of history

The origins of the game are a bit fuzzy, but supposedly, chess originated from the Indian game chaturanga, which was played in the country ever since the 6th century. After chaturanga gained popularity in India, it took the Silk Road west and travelled to Persia. That’s where it first got the name “shah mat”, which in Arabic means “the king is dead”. The Arabs then spread the game further west to Europe, where it gradually transformed into the modern version of chess that we know and love today.

The modern rules, and the exact positions and moves of the pieces were agreed upon around the 15th century (not counting minor changes). However, the game was profoundly standardized in the mid 19th century. By this time, many tournaments were already being held all over the world. Plus, not having the same exact rules and designed chess pieces everywhere made the whole idea of an international competition utterly absurd. Nowadays, we have a wide variety of boards and pieces to choose from, from standard Staunton sets to extravagant themed sets.

Chess has come to be a hugely popular game in our era, as well. There are many championships held worldwide, as well as a World Chess Championship, which is carried out in every even year. Chess is said to be the game for those who have a strong mind and well-developed thinking skills. In the Age of Enlightenment, i.e., in the 18th century, chess was considered to be a means of self-improvement.

With its huge popularity, the game of chess could not go without creating different controversies and becoming a hotbed of heated discussions. At one time or another, chess was banned by all the major religions in various countries at different eras. Nevertheless, chess not only survived but continued to thrive and travel to new lands and countries throughout centuries.

What we offer

Now that we talked a bit about chess history, it’s time to tell you what Kaoori chess shop london offers in relation to this game. In our store, you can find everything, from the highest quality handmade wooden chess set to all kinds of chess-related accessories, including a handy tool called a chess timer. These products meet all the requirements and corresponding standards. So if you are in the market for a chess set, let’s go over our range of products, and by the end, you will have a clear idea of the products that meet both your taste and your wishes! Let’s start!

Chess sets UK

Here at Kaoori store, we have a very wide range of different chess sets UK has to offer, for every mood, taste, and pocket. They traditionally come with a chess board and a full collection of chess pieces, although both can be bought separately. Let’s go over the main kinds of chess sets, in order to give you a better idea of what we have to offer.

  • Wooden chess set

These chess sets UK are the most popular in the world market today. This category includes chess sets with different designs and value, depending on the material, the pieces, and the overall style.

  • Luxury chess sets

These sets are made with high-quality, exquisite materials, have a unique design, and work great both as a playing set and as an eye-catching show-piece.

  • Themed chess sets

The design for these sets is usually inspired by a specific country or a historical period. But the creativity goes beyond the name. Themed sets are true works of art when it comes to woodwork and attention to detail.

  • Antique chess sets 

It is a chess set that is an excellent compromise between modern times and historical accuracy. It features a historically significant design, from a specific era, which is recreated with modern materials, for the convenience of your pocket!

  • Travel chess sets

Usually, they come with a folding board, which makes the set travel-friendly and ensures fun for the whole family during your next trip, or even a picnic in the park!

  • Demo chess sets

This unusual chess set is designed for demonstration, rather than a full game, so it features a 2D design, as opposed to the conventional 3D sets. It typically comes with flat magnetic pieces.

  • DGT chess sets

The idea of an electronic chess board is relatively new compared to the whole game. It was born in the very end of the 20th century and still continues to serve as a powerful tool for chess clubs, tournaments, and individuals who are searching for new ways to learn and excel!

Chess board

As we mentioned earlier, at Kaoori store, you have the opportunity to purchase a chess board separately and not necessarily as part of a chess set. The most common options are the traditional wooden chess board and a vinyl folding board. They come in different sizes too.

Chess pieces

We have a wide variety of different chess pieces that can be purchased separately from a set. They are usually wooden and come in many different designs. You can also buy a special wooden box for storage from the accessories department.

dgtChess clock

If you are getting serious about your game, it might be time for you to purchase a chess clock (also known as chess timer). At Kaoori, we offer a variety of different models. Both analogue and digital ones to help you train more efficiently and have better results in no time!

You can find further information on all the products in the descriptions and don’t hesitate to contact us, should you have any questions or concerns. Kaoori cares for its customers and does everything to provide them with the best experience!

Now let’s review the rules and the pieces so you feel more confident in your game!

Modern Rules

Each player starts with 16 pieces on their side of the board, organized in two back rows. The players have 8 Pawns, 2 Knights, 2 Bishops, 2 Rooks, a Queen and a King. The objective of each player is to capture the opponent’s King or make him surrender. Here is some more info on the pieces and how they move.

  • Pawn

Pawn has the lowest value out of all the pieces, but can still be a powerful weapon in some situations. It moves one square vertically, and one diagonally in case of capture. In standard Staunton chess set, it is the small figure – a round top on a widening leg.

  • Knight

The Knight makes “L”-shaped movements and proves itself very valuable as it can jump over other pieces during the move. It is usually presented on the board as a horse’s head and neck.

  • Bishop

It moves only diagonally and can cover a large ground in one move. As a result, each player has one dark and one light Bishop. It typically looks like a Bishop’s pointy hat, hence the name.

  • Rook

Rook is a massive weapon at your disposal. Moves both straight and diagonally, in any direction. On the board, it’s presented as a castle tower.

  • Queen

Queen is the most powerful piece on the board and moves in any direction, any number of squares. It was one of the pieces that was introduced to the game much later and wasn’t in the original version.

  • King

King is the main character in the game, although it doesn’t do much in the beginning, and typically goes into action towards the end. It moves in any direction and tries to avoid capture and threaten the opponent’s king at the same time.

This was just a short overview of the main movements, but you can find more information on the pieces on our website.

Today chess is still widely popular all over the world, and more and more people on every side of the globe tune in to this game, follow the events in the chess world, compete in various tournaments, and become new rising stars of the chess arena. In a number of countries, chess is even a mandatory subject at school since the age of 7. But why is that so? Among many other reasons, chess is one of the most intellectually challenging and fulfiling games that people have ever come up with. It is both cognitively stimulating and relaxing. It’s both strictly logical and still so much fun to play! All of these paradoxical qualities come together in a wooden board with 32 carved pieces, which somehow takes us back to warm evenings, family time, and strong traditions that we wholeheartedly pass to the generations to come. So play, learn, enjoy, and let the battle begin!