Best Chess Pieces
Can you imagine a chess game without chess pieces? Neither can we! Chess pieces are the central and most important part of chess sets. They have transformed and evolved throughout history, taking on different characters and costumes. As chess spread all around the world, by the mid 19th century, there were so many different styles of chess pieces, that players often refused to have matches on each other’s boards, having trouble with differentiating the characters.
- American Staunton Pieces Ebonise
- Executive Pieces Sheesham
- French Knight Pieces Ebonised
- Stallion Knight Chessmen
- Staunton Pieces Cherry
Brief HistoryThe exact time and place of the invention of chess are unknown. Chances are, a single person did not invent chess in a particular year. But the most common version is that this great game (in one version or another) was born in India in the 6th Century AD (originally named chaturanga), and only then moved through to Persia, from where it later spread to Europe. The rules to this game, naturally, changed numerous times, depending on the historical period, and the region where it was played. The last version that we all got to enjoy and play, was finalized around the 15th century. Plus, the chess pieces underwent so much transformation both in style and material! The oldest known partial chess set was found during a dig in Uzbekistan and dated roughly around 750 AD. This set had quite large chess pieces too! It was made of ivory and featured a few pieces no longer in use in the modern version of the game. Ivory was a trendy material for chess pieces for a very long time until wood became more mainstream, long after the middle ages. Chess was perceived very differently in various parts of the world, as well. In the Russian Empire, it was considered to be a universal game since it occupied all layers of society. From simple cobblers up to the royals. So the pieces could feature very different styles. From simplistic wooden small chess pieces for commoners to luxurious sets, featuring intricately carved large chess pieces, created for each person individually, and hand-painted. In Europe, for a long time, it was mainly perceived as a game for the elite. Thus the evolution of the pieces took a very different turn. That’s when themed sets came along, featuring various monarchs in ancient and recent history.
Modern RulesNow, let’s talk some more about the game itself and the modern rules. Each player in a game of chess has to start with a total number of 16 chess pieces - eight Pawns, two Bishops, two Knights, two Rooks, a Queen and a King. So let’s take a minute and go over each of them and the moves they make across the board.