Chess Men

Chess Men of the finest quality at extraordinary low prices.

In the game of chess each player receives a set of sixteen Chess Men. One set is light in color, for the white side. The other is dark in color for the black side. Eight men in each set are of the lowest grade, and are named pawns. The other eight are of various grades, and are called pieces. The pieces in each set consist of a king, a queen, two bishops, two knights, and two rooks or castles.

How the chess men compare in value

The pawns may each be said to have the value of one. The pieces have values of about three for for a bishop or a knight, five for a rook, and nine for a queen. The knight and the bishop are usually known as minor pieces. The value of a piece also depends on it's ability to move. Thus a bishop is usually stronger than a knight, because he can reach distant points faster. But the knight is stronger in game endings in which the pawns are blocked, and his player's pawns cannot be attacked by a bishop.

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CHESSMEN - DRUEKE STAUNTON WOOD WEIGHTED 3

CHESSMEN - DRUEKE STAUNTON WOOD WEIGHTED 3" $64.99

This set of Drueke Wood Staunton Chessmen are triple weighted with green felt bottoms. The dark pieces are made of Rosewood and the light pieces are made of Shesham. The kings stand 3" tall. All Drueke products are made in America.

CHESSMEN - FANTASY RESIN 3 3/4

CHESSMEN - FANTASY RESIN 3 3/4" $39.99

This collectable hand-painted set of Fantasy Chessmen is made of resin with felt bottoms and is based on classic fantasy characters. The kings in this set stand 3 3/4" tall.

CHESSMEN - RUSSIAN STAUNTON WOOD WEIGHTED 3 1/2

CHESSMEN - RUSSIAN STAUNTON WOOD WEIGHTED 3 1/2" $49.99

These Russian Staunton Weighted Wood Chessmen are black stained and made of kari wood. The kings stand 3 1/2" tall and have a 1" base.

CHESSMEN - STAUNTON SOLID PLASTIC 3 3/4

CHESSMEN - STAUNTON SOLID PLASTIC 3 3/4" $7.99

This set of Staunton Chessmen are solid plastic with felt bottoms. The kings stand 3 3/4" tall.

CHESSMEN - STAUNTON WOOD WEIGHTED 3 1/2

CHESSMEN - STAUNTON WOOD WEIGHTED 3 1/2" $59.99

This set of Staunton Wood Chessmen are made from solid hardwood and are lead weighted. The kings stand 3 1/2" tall and have green felt bottoms.

CHESSMEN - STAUNTON WOOD WEIGHTED 3 3/4

CHESSMEN - STAUNTON WOOD WEIGHTED 3 3/4" $54.99

This set of Staunton Wood Chessmen are made from solid hardwood and are lead weighted. The kings stand 3 3/4" tall and have green felt bottoms.

CHESSMEN - STAUNTON WOOD WEIGHTED 3

CHESSMEN - STAUNTON WOOD WEIGHTED 3" $39.99

This set of Staunton Wood Chessmen are made from solid hardwood and are lead weighted. The kings stand 3" tall and have green felt bottoms.

EuroBurmese 3.5

EuroBurmese 3.5" King Camel bone chess pieces Price: $189.00 You save $60.00 (24%) off the usual list price 238.93 CAD 149.48 EUR 133.49 GBP

Beautifully carved reproduction set of chess men in camel bone featuring a 3.75" King.

Available colors: white/red, white/green, white/black and custom. This is an extremely high quality set although the design is of earlier origin. Here's a picture showing the incredible details in both the white and black Kings:

The Mughal Serpentine Stone hand carved and decorated set of chessmen

The Mughal Serpentine Stone hand carved and decorated set of chessmen

Price: $880.00 1,112.50 CAD 695.99 EUR 621.54 GBP

This is a one of a kind hand made set of chessmen in Serpentine stone and intricately painted chess pieces. This chess collectible features a King that is 3 1/4" tall and a base diameter of 1 1/2" with green felt pads.

The Minstral Black/White Lacquered Chessmen.

The Minstral Black/White Lacquered Chessmen

Price: $79.00 You save $20.00 (20%) off the usual list price 99.87 CAD 62.48 EUR 55.80 GBP

This double-weighted boxwood chess set that has been heavily lacquered in a rich black and white. The set features a 3.75" King with good weighting at nearly 3 ounces!

These have leather bottoms and a base diameter of nearly 1.75".

The new special price also includes a free leather storage pouch for chess piece storage

EuroBurmese 4.5

EuroBurmese 4.5" King Camel bone chess pieces

Price: $249.00 You save $30.00 (11%) off the usual list price 314.79 CAD 196.93 EUR 175.87 GBP

Beautifully carved in camel bone this Collector's set features a 4.5" King. The bases of the pieces have green felt pads (used traditionally in carved camel bone chess sets) and range in diameter from 1 3/8" (King), 1 1/8" (Rook) and 1" (Pawn). This is an extremely high quality set although the design is of earlier origin.

By closely looking at the ivory white pieces you will see the slight color variations in the bone- this is a tell tale sign that these chess pieces are made of real bone.

Lotus filigree camel bone chessmen

Lotus filigree camel bone chessmen

Price: $179.00 You save $20.00 (10%) off the usual list price 226.29 CAD 141.57 EUR 126.43 GBP

This is a popular variant of our budrosewood set but carved in camel bone and stained red. This set features a 4" King with base diameter of 1.25". A board with 1.5" squares is recommended.

This attractive set of finely carved chess pieces are completely hand made by artisans in India. Please note that due to this their can be slight variations in both carving and color from that shown in these pictures; that adds to the uniqueness of these chess sets.

Temple camel bone chessmen

Temple camel bone chessmen

List Price: $149.00 Price: $115.00 You save $34.00 (23%) off the usual list price 145.38 CAD 90.95 EUR 81.22 GBP

This hand-carved set of chess men feature a 3" King.

Carved Magic Ball Camel bone chessmen

Carved Magic Ball Camel bone chessmen

List Price: $349.00 Price: $250.00 You save $99.00 (28%) off the usual list price 316.05 CAD 197.73 EUR 176.58 GBP

This is an unusual Magic Ball set carved in camel bone. The magic is in the fact that the artisan has carved a ball within a ball! Featuring a 4 1/2" King with base diameter of 1 3/8" this makes an interesting bone chess set to play with.

Moscawa Ivory and Black Camel bone chess pieces

Moscawa Ivory and Black Camel bone chess pieces

List Price: $300.00 Price: $249.00 You save $51.00 (17%) off the usual list price 314.79 CAD 196.93 EUR 175.87 GBP

An exquisite camel bone design featuring alternate crosses and bifurcated bishops. The King measures 4 1/4" and the base is 1 1/4" in diameter. All pieces as is customery with camel bone sets have green felt slides.

French Regence Camel bone Chessmen

French Regence Camel bone Chessmen

Price: $249.00 314.79 CAD 196.93 EUR 175.87 GBP

This hand-carved chess set from India has been designed to the French Regence style. It features a King size of 3 3/4" with a green-felted base size of 1 1/4".

This is a classic style that may be used for traditional play. The opposing pieces are available in a variety of colors, choose from the "Options" when ordering.

The Classic Staunton traditional, inexpensive wooden chessmen

The Classic Staunton traditional, inexpensive wooden chessmen

List Price: $79.99 Price: $39.99 You save $40.00 (50%) off the usual list price 50.56 CAD 31.63 EUR 28.24 GBP

A very attractively priced set of chess pieces and leather storage pouch in boxwood and sheeshamwood with felt bottoms. This classic Staunton medium-weighted set of chess men, offers a great quality and unbelievable value!

Please note this price is for the set of chessmen only. This product is also available as a combo with board and box.

These are standard full-sized pieces offered at a wholesale price and shouldn't be compared with smaller, light-weight poorly finished sets offered by other retailers. It has been designed to minimize 'chipping' a common problem with wooden chess sets when used frequently for general purpose play!

A board with 2" squares is recommended.

Animals Theme Chessmen

Animals Theme Chessmen

List Price: $299.00 Price: $250.00 You save $49.00 (16%) off the usual list price 316.05 CAD 197.73 EUR 176.58 GBP

This exquisitely carved animal chess set is supplied as a budrosewood and boxwood combo.

Executive Sheesham Chessmen

Executive Sheesham Chessmen

List Price: $89.00 Price: $89.00 You save $0.00 (0%) off the usual list price 112.51 CAD 70.39 EUR 62.86 GBP

This classic Staunton very well weighted set of chess men, has been designed and manufacturered to meet the needs of club players and tournament players and features a king size of 3.75" and weighing 2.7 ounces. The set is made out of a rich sheesham and boxwood combo with a very intricate knight, making this set exceptional value for money.

Each piece has billiard board felt slides and has to be the prize of any serious chess player.

Sheesham wood is an extremely robust and hard wood which is very difficult to carve. For such an inexpensive set the carving is very good which makes this an ideal set for regular play as it is naturally resistant to breakages.

Berne Bear hand-carved Chess Pieces

Berne Bear hand-carved Chess Pieces

List Price: $325.00 Price: $299.00 You save $26.00 (8%) off the usual list price 378.00 CAD 236.48 EUR 211.18 GBP

A beautifully carved set in budrosewood.These artistic and impressively made chessmen are based on the rare wood carvings of The Bear originally developed in the district of Berne in Switzerland. The center of such carving was around Briez in the Bernese oberland in the Eighteenth Century.

The Japanese set of hand-Painted Chessmen

The Japanese set of hand-Painted Chessmen

Price: $199.00 251.58 CAD 157.39 EUR 140.55 GBP

This inexpensive set has been hand-carved and painted very intricately. It features a 3" King with a base diameter of 1 1/8" with green felt slides.

The New Mughal Chess Men

The New Mughal Chess Men

Price: $165.00 208.59 CAD 130.50 EUR 116.54 GBP

This exquisite hand-painted set of chess men hand is carved in India.

It features a king size of 3" and has a base width of 1 1/2" and felt bottoms.

The color contrast is excellent and this unusual set at this price will appeal to many collectors. We regret we have limited available stock.

These artistic chess pieces are acceptable on any color chess board. The square size for this chess set could range from 1-3/4" to 2-1/4". I prefer a 2" square light-colored board. Any color board seems to work well with these beautiful chess pieces. This set is a real winner.

The Chamfered Base Budrosewood Chess Men

The Chamfered Base Budrosewood Chess Men

List Price: $349.00 Price: $229.00 You save $120.00 (34%) off the usual list price 289.50 CAD 181.12 EUR 161.74 GBP

This design features pieces with a chamfered base that significantly reduces the risk of toppling! The 4" set is available with the white pieces being made of traditional boxwood and the opposing pieces in beautiful budrosewood.

The King is 4" tall and has a base size of 1 7/8" and we recommend a board with square size of 2 1/4". This set cannot be described as anything other than triple weighted, having a King that weighs 4.5 ounces!

The Chamfered Base Ebony Chess Men

The Chamfered Base Ebony Chess Men

List Price: $349.00 Price: $199.00 You save $150.00 (43%) off the usual list price 251.58 CAD 157.39 EUR 140.55 GBP

This design features pieces with a chamfered base that significantly reduces the risk of toppling!

The 4" set is available with the white pieces being made of traditional boxwood and the opposing pieces in beautiful pure ebony!

The King is 4" tall and has a base size of 1 7/8" and we recommend a board with square size of 2 1/4". This set cannot be described as anything other than triple weighted, having a King that weighs 5.1 ounces!

Stallion Knight 4

Stallion Knight 4" King Rosewood Chessmen

List Price: $249.00 Price: $169.00 You save $80.00 (32%) off the usual list price 213.65 CAD 133.66 EUR 119.36 GBP

A rich, triple weighted set carved in rosewood with leather pads and featuring a classic and traditional knight.

The richness of the colors and sheen of the finish makes this set the envy of many. This chess set has a 4.25" king (including finial) which is wonderfully carved and has a delicately cut complimentary Queen's coronet. The King's weight is 3.4 ounces and base diameter is 1.75". The recommended Board size is 2 1/4" squares. This set has been designed for discerning Staunton lovers.

The Locket Chessmen

The Locket Chessmen

List Price: $279.00 Price: $189.00 You save $90.00 (32%) off the usual list price 238.93 CAD 149.48 EUR 133.49 GBP

This set is new to the US market and made in pure ebony wood. Featuring a 4" King with a base diameter of 1 3/4" a board with 2" squares is recommended.

Gold/Silver boxwood set of lacquered Chessmen

Gold/Silver boxwood set of lacquered Chessmen

List Price: $99.00 Price: $79.00 You save $20.00 (20%) off the usual list price 99.87 CAD 62.48 EUR 55.80 GBP

This is a boxwood chess set that has been heavily lacquered in a rich gold and silver. The set features a 3.75" King with good weighting at nearly 3 ounces! These have leather bottoms and a base diameter of nearly 1.75".

Super Grand Staunton Black Chessmen

Super Grand Staunton Black Chessmen

List Price: $129.00 Price: $75.00 You save $54.00 (42%) off the usual list price 94.82 CAD 59.32 EUR 52.97 GBP

This is a very traditional 32 piece chess club design featuring a 4" King with white boxwood and ebonised (stained) boxwood black pieces. This price is amazing given it is triple weighted with it's king weighing in at 3.3 ounces!

The Canon Chessmen

The Canon Chessmen

List Price: $119.00 Price: $63.00 You save $56.00 (47%) off the usual list price 79.64 CAD 49.83 EUR 44.50 GBP

A very interesting cannon-style hand-carved wooden chess set in sheeshamwood.The king is 3.75" tall.

The Millenium SDF Chessmen

The Millenium SDF Chessmen

List Price: $109.00 Price: $65.00 You save $44.00 (40%) off the usual list price 82.17 CAD 51.41 EUR 45.91 GBP

This is a very decorative set carved by hand in Bud rosewood and boxwood.

The King is nearly 5 1/4" tall! It has a base diameter of 1 1/2" with felt slides.

The Kings Cross Staunton Camel Bone Chessmen

The Kings Cross Staunton Camel Bone Chessmen

List Price: $249.00 Price: $159.00 You save $90.00 (36%) off the usual list price 201.01 CAD 125.75 EUR 112.30 GBP

How's this for a superb Staunton style set carved and decorated by hand in pure Camel bone? The stained black pieces are carved and contrast very well with the opposing white pieces- see the queens comparison. This is both a classic collectors' and Players set and very popular.

The King size is 4" tall and great for playing with as these are very distinguishable Staunton chess pieces.

The base of the King is 1 3/8" and the height is 4". This set has green billiard felt pads which makes this a great players' set. As is consistent with sets of this quality the base diameter reduces as the piece height reduces. The base size of the bishop is just over 1". We would recommend a board with 1 1/2" squares for this set.

All the pieces are hand carved in several pieces of camel bone which are screwed together as this would not be possible to carve out of a single piece of bone at this price point. This chess set is the most popular of our camel bone series. A pure leather storage chest is available as an option when purchased with this set of chessmen.

The individual pieces are very robust, which is why you don't see camels in the desert with broken legs! But should you break a finial or queen's pinnacle then these can be easily unscrewed and replaced after correctly centering. We carry spare pieces for all our regular chess sets.

The Towers bud rosewood Chess Pieces

The Towers bud rosewood Chess Pieces

List Price: $450.00 Price: $399.00 You save $51.00 (11%) off the usual list price 504.42 CAD 315.57 EUR 281.81 GBP

This hand carved budrosewood chess set features an 8" King and very detailed embellishments. The wood graining is beautiful and would be appreciated for it's rich antique-like appearance. The pictures are taken on the optional 23" x 23" Rosewood board which has a square size of 2 3/8. Although the King's base size is 2 1/8" this square sizing would normally be considered too small but this ratio is offset by the smaller bases of the other pieces. The pawns base size being 1 3/8".

The Ambawari Serpentine stone chessmen

The Ambawari Serpentine stone chessmen

Price: $1,250.00 1,580.25 CAD 988.63 EUR 882.88 GBP

A brand new design along the Ambawari theme carved in Serpentine stone. Featuring a King which is 3 1/2" tall with each major piece having a green felted base diameter of 1 1/2".

Open Head Bishop Green Camelbone Chess Pieces

Open Head Bishop Green Camelbone Chess Pieces

Price: $429.00 542.34 CAD 339.30 EUR 303.00 GBP

This is another great new design offered to the world chess art collector.

Featuring a 5 1/4" King with a base diameter of 1 3/8" with green felt pads.

The pieces are all individually hand turned, carved and decorated and made of (expired) camel bone the material of choice used after the abolition of ivory harvesting.

This 32 piece set of decorative chessmen are available in very limited quantities.

Ambawari carved Buffalo painted 6

Ambawari carved Buffalo painted 6" Collector chessmen

List Price: $1,500.00 Price: $1,190.00 You save $310.00 (21%) off the usual list price 1,504.40 CAD 941.17 EUR 840.50 GBP

This magnificent hand carved and finely decorated set of chess pieces are hand made by the most skilled artisans in India. This 6" King set has been superbly decorated and finished and appears many years old and yet is in excellent condition. The base dimension is 3" x 1 3/4" with padded hooves.

This is not the sort of set that lasts long on this website and there can never be enough pictures that will show the incredible attention to detail that has been taken in making this 32 piece set of buffalo chess pieces.

The piece colors are traditional red on one side and the other, green with a common scheme of gold painted embellishments.

This set of pieces is supplied with a silk and velvet lined case included with this set.

The Arabic Chessmen

The Arabic Chessmen

Price: $125.00 158.03 CAD 98.86 EUR 88.29 GBP

This is a wooden reproduction of the 8th/9th Century Arabic chess set. "These were based on the severe reduction of earlier Persian representational models down to an abstracted synthesis of form and shape. The sensual line and suppleness of form create a sophistication of design unequaled until the Staunton style was introduced in the 19th Century. Other known sets of this type,such as the 10th Century Ubar set found in Oman, or the one discovered in an 11th-Century shipwreck off the coast of Turkey, testify to the universality of this style throughout the Islamic world." Source:The Art of Chess, Colleen Schafroth

Although this is a modern set made in India the original pattern would remain in use until at least the 13th Century.

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