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History of Themed Chess Sets

The history of themed chess sets is as old as the game itself. Before the development of standardized chest sets such as the Staunton chess piece and board design, it was extremely common for people to own personalized chess sets which were crafted around a variety of themes. For example, during the French Revolution, themed chess sets featuring depictions of figures such as King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were created. In addition to touching on notable figures of the day, historical themed sets could be focused on a number of themes, including animals, antiquated history such as ancient Greece, and much more.

With the development of standardized chest sets during the mid-1800s, themed chess sets became replaced as the “standard” for chess players with more regulated boards. However, this did not abate the popularity of having themed chess sets for personal use. This tradition continues today, and themed chess sets are some of the most popular chess gift options available.

Tips for Choosing a Themed Chess Set

If you are looking for a new themed chess set, you’ll want to consider these tips that will help you pick the right set for you or your giftee.

  • Pick a theme that personally interests you: Don’t just buy the latest antique Greece inspired chess set because everyone else is! Purchase a themed set that appeals to your personal hobbies or interests, whether you're interested in animals, historical chess reproductions, or even beloved books.
  • Purchase from a chess specialist: The best way to purchase quality themed sets is to purchase from a retailer that specializes in chess related products. This will help you avoid low quality themed sets that won’t stand the test of time.
  • Choose something unique for a gift. If you are buying the themed chess set as a gift, don’t be afraid to get something unique!

With the above tips in mind, you’ll have a much easier time purchasing the right themed chess set for your needs—or the right set for your friends and family who will be eagerly waiting to open their next gift.