Simpsons Chess Set
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Braille chess set with raised dark squares
Sheep Chess Set 1
Twin Portland Chess Sets
Children's Japanese Chess Set
Chocolate Chess Set
Many thanks, Taylor and Codie!
Chess Set for Makruk (Thai or Cambodian Chess)
Chinese Chess Set (2D) donated to Exeter Chess Club by Franco Kuan.
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - Queen
Glass Chess Set
[Kings Play Chess On Flat Glass Surfaces (KPCOFGS) is a mnemonic for remembering the classification of living organisms.]
Variant chess sets
A jar of bicoloured pieces, a stack of sticky labels and a colour printer, and you can reproduce (or invent) any variant chess game you like. Featured are: Courier Chess, Chinese Chess, Take the Brain and Mad Mate (aka one-board exchange chess).
Dolls House Chess Set (magnetic)
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - Bishop
Star Wars Chess Set
Small messenger-bag-sized plastic chess set and board
Bauhaus-inspired Chess Set: wooden shapes, glue and spray paint.
The design of each piece symbolises its movement.
Chinese Theme Chess Set
Three Way Chess Set
Lighter Chess Set
Combination Draughts and Chess Set - crystallate? A design widely circulated to armed forces in WW2.
Standard Staunton Chess Set in plastic
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - Pawn
Wooden Travel Chess Set with drawers
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - Rook
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - 2
Sheep Chess Set 2
Marble Chess Set on an inlaid Granite Board
Barleycorn chess set
Plastic Travel Chess Set
South American Chess Set (rear)
Mongolian Chess Set (Shatar) on Felt board
Two Isle of Lewis Chess Sets
The most famous set of all? I have two versions, the larger is quite authentic but whoever designed the smaller decided that the pawns were two boring and substituted a piece based on the 'berserker' shield-biting Rook, and used for the Rooks a tower based on York Minster. Chacun a son gout.
Capablanca Chess Set
To be played on a 10x10 board (rather than the infinite one pictured)New pieces include Marshall(!) (R+N)&Chancellor (N+B)
It joins the umpteen other unplayed 10x10 variants invented over the centuries, as listed (and unlisted) by Pritchard and the Variant Chess Pages, including Jester Chess, Decimal Chess, Grand Chess, Shatranj
at-Tâmma, Centennial Chess, Super Chess, Supremo Chess, Nahbi Chess...
Plaster Cast Chess Set, made by my cousin Tim
In the style of a set by Peter Ganine, I think this one by Duncan Bisque
Wooden Pokerwork Chess Set (former Yugoslavia)
Hexagonal Chess Set
This is Glinski's Hexagonal Chess, which I think I first found out about in the 1970s through CHESS magazine.
The ChessVariants site explains how you can make your own sets for this and other chess games.
Babushka Chess Set
Medium Wooden Plug-in Chess Set
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - 1
Large magnetic chess set
Turned ox-bone chess set in natural colour and cochineal on folding wooden board
Russian chess set in 'poppet'/chochloma style
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - King
Chaturanga Chess Set - the parent of them all
Plug-in Travel Chess Set
Fantasy Chess Set
Tiny Chess Set
St George Chess Set in turned wood
3D Chinese Chess Set (detail)
Indian Wood Chess Set on Musical Chess Table
3D Chinese Chess Set
Bone 'Barleycorn' Chess Set
The replacement King is not a match, but it is a fit, easily ignored in play.
The box is an old entomological specimen case, unexpectedly free after an attack of museum beetle. It is an irony that the greatest threat to the survival of a collection of insects is another insect.
Regency style chess set
Self-explanatory Chess Set 2
Inspired by the various efforts made to explain Japanese Chess (Shogi) by marking the pieces, I had a go at making a chess set along similar lines. Needs testing on a youngster, but I'm quite pleased with it.
Large Resin Chess Set on Wood inlay board
South American Chess Set
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - Knight
Modern Chess Set in horn
Marvel Comic Chess Set
Soapstone Chess Set
'Spanish Regency' Chess Set - it's the style that is called Spanish, rather than the set.
Lotus Bud Chess Set
A modern set, but appealed to me as the nested/tiered crowns reminded me of the Selenus style.
Courier Chess Set
This is the game most often known these days from van Leyden's painting (http://www.chessvariants.org/historic.dir/courier/painting.html); there are both the old-style elephantine Bishops that hop two squares diagonally (like the al-fil in shatranj), and a modern Bishop called a Courier (Läufer, still the German name for a Bishop). The Queen is the old-school short-stepping ferz, and there are two extra pieces: a Mann (henchman), who moves like a King and is one of the most powerful pieces on the board (being able to mate with support), and a Schleich (sneak), who moves like a wazir, one square along a rank or file. The game was famously played for centuries in Ströbeck, but eventually died out there.
There were four obligatory moves to be made at the start: to advance the Rook's pawns and Queen's Pawn two squares each, then make a 'joy-leap' (Freudensprung) of the Queen forward two squares (not a move allowed on any other turn). I'd like to see Nunn's Courier Chess Openings!