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18" Staunton Chess Board

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A Jaques London Chess set was used in the famous 1972 World Championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, dubbed the Match of the Century.
The “Game of Kings” was made affordable for the everyman with Jaques production of the Staunton Chess set.
A 1/12th replica of a Jaques Staunton chess set was created personally by John Jaques IV for Queen Mary, and is still on display in the Queen Mary’s Dollhouse at Windsor Castle.
The Staunton Chess set gets its name from Howard Staunton, considered to be the best player of his time, who frequently railed against non-standard chess pieces in his column for the Illustrated London News.
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18" Staunton Chess Board

Product Code: 52460

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£79.99
A beautifully made 18" Staunton design chessboard, expertly crafted by Jaques with Walnut and Sycamore squares and a solid Mahogany frame. The smallest Staunton chess board in our range, perfect for play with one of our fine sets of Staunton chessmen. Suited to 3.5" King.
Jaques of London has been instrumental in the development and success of modern chess. Chess pieces before the mid 19th century were of two kinds - excessively elaborate and costly hand-carved reproductions of the Kings court, or rudely turned and daubed pieces in which rank was dictated by height alone. In the 1840s, this all changed. Nathaniel Cooke, proprietor of the Illustrated London News, brought John Jaques a new and elegant design for chessmen. Between the two of them, this initial design was polished to produce a set using symbols (for the king, a crown, for the bishop, a mitre) which could be easily recognised and reproduced. This radical design received rave reviews in the press, particularly for the exquisite design of the Knight, based on sculptures from the famous Elgin Marbles. Mr Howard Staunton, the first British chess World Champion, was so taken with the design that he agreed to have his name and signature adorn every box of pieces. The Staunton chess set, as it became known, is now the de facto standard for play at all levels. Few companies can say they influenced the development of a game the way Jaques of London has shaped the world's favourite board game, chess. This is our beautiful handmade 18" Staunton chessboard, the smallest Staunton design in our range, expertly crafted by Jaques with Walnut and Sycamore squares with solid Mahogany frame. Suited to 3.5" King.
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