Sheep Chess Set 2
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Turned ox-bone chess set in natural colour and cochineal on folding wooden board
Braille chess set with raised dark squares
Chinese Chess Set (2D) donated to Exeter Chess Club by Franco Kuan.
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).
Chess Set for Makruk (Thai or Cambodian Chess)
Marvel Comic Chess Set
Modern Chess Set in horn
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - Knight
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - Pawn
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - King
Dolls House Chess Set (magnetic)
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.
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.
Star Wars Chess Set
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!
Large magnetic chess set
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
'Samurai' Self-explanatory Shogi (Japanese Chess) Set (Schmid)
Weighted wooden chess set
Ladybird Shogi (Japanese Chess Set) promoted pieces
Ladybird Shogi (Japanese Chess Set)
Standard Staunton Chess Set in plastic
Lotus Bud Chess Set
A modern set, but appealed to me as the nested/tiered crowns reminded me of the Selenus style.
Mongolian Chess Set (Shatar) on Felt board
Large coffee-house style chess set
A large and rather crude 20th-century set based on the style of the Austrian coffee-houses in which the talents of Schlechter and Steinitz were honed.
Babushka Chess Set
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - Rook
Twin Portland Chess Sets
Russian chess set in 'poppet'/chochloma style
Mad Mate Chess Set ('replacement chess')
Reversible counters (as in Othello).
aka Mad Mate, ChessGi, Crazyhouse.
Think Exchange Chess (Tandem Chess, Bughouse) but on one board.
Commercial version is 'Neo-Chess'.
St George Chess Set in turned wood
Children's Japanese Chess Set
Barleycorn chess set
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - Queen
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.
N.B. The Bishops on f4/f8 should start on f1/f11
Medium Wooden Plug-in Chess Set
Sheep Chess Set 1
Wooden Pokerwork Chess Set (former Yugoslavia)
South American Chess Set
Simpsons Chess Set
Tiny Chess Set
Samurai (Japanese Chess Set)
Regency style chess set
Small messenger-bag-sized plastic chess set and board
Chaturanga Chess Set - the parent of them all
Glass Chess Set
[Kings Play Chess On Flat Glass Surfaces (KPCOFGS) is a mnemonic for remembering the classification of living organisms.]
Indian Wood Chess Set on Musical Chess Table
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - Bishop
Ladybird Shogi (Japanese Chess Set) pieces
Ladybird Shogi (Japanese Chess Set)
Four-Handed Chess Set
Or, as someone rightly pointed out, eight hands and four brains...
The great populariser of 4-way chess was Captain Verney, who insisted that the Queens should all start on light squares. But Pritchard tells me that the Hughes-Hughes version, with Queens always to the left of the King, superceded it.
Bauhaus-inspired Chess Set: wooden shapes, glue and spray paint.
The design of each piece symbolises its movement.
Soapstone Chess Set
Chocolate Chess Set
Many thanks, Taylor and Codie!
Marble Chess Set on an inlaid Granite Board
South American Chess Set (rear)
Lighter Chess Set
Wooden Travel Chess Set with drawers
'Spanish Regency' Chess Set - it's the style that is called Spanish, rather than the set.
Hardware Chess Set
Plastic Travel Chess Set
3D Chinese Chess Set
3D Chinese Chess Set (detail)
Fantasy Chess Set
Three Way Chess Set
Star Trek (Tridimensional) Chess Set
Franklin Mint edition.
Guest appearance by robot insect, Xmas 2013.
Plastic patio chess set
Combination Draughts and Chess Set - crystallate? A design widely circulated to armed forces in WW2.
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...
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.
Mexican Pulpit Chess Set
The history of this type of set is poorly understood. This is a nice big example in cow bone that has had a bit of a rough time over the years, as has the box it came in.
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - 2
Large Resin Chess Set on Wood inlay board
Handpainted Wooden Children's Chess Set - 1
Plug-in Travel Chess Set
Chinese Theme Chess Set
Selenus chess set in boneThe 'Selenus' style is named after a book published in Leipzig in 1616 by one Gustavus Selenus, where tiny sketches of similar pieces with the 'crowns' are used in the diagrams. http://schach-und-kultur.com/img/Konig-Spiel/Konig-Spiel-2.jpg