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Shop for Chess Sets, Chess Boards, Chess Tables, Chess Pieces, and Chess Accessories

Chess is a game of strategy and skill, but shopping for a new chess set is pure joy! Find beautiful and elaborate chess boards, themed chess sets, plus chess pieces and chess accessories to make the game complete. You’ll be playing chess like a pro when you shop Hayneedle’s selection of chess sets.

Styles of Chess Sets

From an elaborate and decorative marble chess set to a magnetic travel chess set, we carry a wide range of styles from which to choose your new chess set. Shop for a 3D chess set or a collector set for the ultimate chess game with military, animal, historical, or fantasy chess pieces. You can find a giant chess set for the lawn or travel chess sets with magnets to keep your knights and pawns secure. Tournament sets get you ready for competitive play, while multi-game sets can offer chess, checkers, backgammon, and other games all in one.

One of the most popular board games for centuries, chess set designs have evolved over the years. Today you can find chess sets in many different materials to suit your taste and your home’s decor. Wooden chess sets are the most popular and come in many stains and finishes just like wood furniture. In fact, you can even select a chess table to add as an accent table in your home. Chess sets in glass, marble, and metal are also popular, as well as plastic chess sets. Shop Hayneedle for the best chess set in the style and budget you choose.

How to Play Chess

For the beginning chess player, we've put together a few basic rules below to prepare you to enter the fun and exciting world of chess.

To begin, the game is played by two players. It is played on a board of 64 alternating light and dark squares. Each player has 16 light or dark chess pieces which each move differently across the chess board.

Lined up on opposite ends of the board in two rows, the chess pieces face each other, ready for battle. Eight pawns stand in the front row and the other eight pieces line up behind them. In the back, the pieces stand in a specific order. Starting from the left there is a rook, knight, bishop, queen, king, bishop, knight, rook.

The game alternates between the two players, and each player is allowed to move one piece each turn. The object of the game is to pose a threat to your opponent's King. "Check" as it is referred to occurs when one of your pieces is in place to capture your opponent's King. If the King cannot escape your capture, then you have won the game with a "check-mate." Because check-mate can happen at any moment during the game, each time you play the game is different and unpredictable. Before beginning chess, it's important to understand how each piece is allowed to move across the chess board.

  • Pawns - Although these are the weakest pieces, they provide vital protection for the King. Each pawn is only allowed to move one square forward during a given turn. To capture another piece however, it is allowed to move one square diagonally. One of the greatest advantages of the pawn is its ability to be traded for a previously captured piece. This happens if the pawn makes it to the opponent's end of the board.
  • Rooks - The two rooks can move vertically or horizontally any number of spaces in one direction, as long as no other pieces block their path.
  • Knights - Knights move in an "L" shape. It does this by either moving two squares horizontally and one square vertically, or two squares vertically and one square horizontally. Unlike the rook, if there are pieces in the way it does not stop the knight from moving. Only final space of the "L" shape must be free for a knight to move there.
  • Bishops - The two bishop can move any number of spaces diagonally, as long as there are no other pieces to block their path.
  • King - Surprisingly, the most important piece on the board is not the most powerful. The king requires constant protection. This piece is only allowed to move one square at a time in any direction. As soon as the king is trapped, the game is over.
  • Queen - Definitely the most powerful piece on the board, the queen can move any number of spaces in any direction she wants.