Until 1849, many chess sets were elaborate and abstract affairs that not only appear curious to modern eyes, but also frequently induced frustration amongst chess players. It was in that year a breakthrough occurred when English newspaper editor Nathaniel Cooke patented an elegant and rational set, crafted by and sold through Jaques and Son of London. Cooke also asked prominent master Howard Staunton to endorse the design in his chess column. Over 160 years later, what came to be called the Staunton pattern remains the universal standard.
Gambit Chess Supplies stocks a wide selection of quality Staunton pattern chess sets, boards and pieces in styles and sizes to meet most tastes and that are both attractive and practical.
A comprehensive range of top electronic digital and mechanical analogue chess clocks is also available, from which can be chosen a suitable model to complement a new or present chess set.