The Queen’s Gambit has recently taken Netflix by storm, with a story of orphan Beth Harmon becoming prolific at chess and (spoilers) eventually dominating both on the national and international level. Over 62 million households have chosen to watch The Queen’s Gambit in its first 28 days, and the show has risen to the top 10 Netflix shows in 92 countries, taking the number 1 spot in 63 of them.
It’s not just in Harmon’s fictional reality either. Chess has gained a huge momentum since the Netflix series was released. Google search queries for chess have doubled, while searches for “how to play chess” has hit a nine-year peak online. Here at Gibsons we’ve had a rush of enquiries about our own chess sets, and the chess aficionados in the company are eager to start our own chess group.
We have a range of chess sets, from beginners, to luxury, and even a travel chess set. They are a fantastic gift for the game enthusiasts in your life this Christmas, and with the rising popularity of chess, even players who have never touched a chess set before will be delighted with the opportunity to learn!
Chess and Draughts Family Game
This Chess and Draughts Set has everything you need to play these two classic games of skill. This is an ideal starter set of chess and draughts, with a combination set of wooden chess pieces, King 2.5”, felted bases, and wooden draughtsmen, together with a good quality games board which measures 36cm x 36cm.
This 2-in-1 set only costs £15 and is a fabulous beginner set for both games.
Luxury Chess and Draughts Classic Game
This set comes in attractive metallic silver packaging, includes comprehensive rules and contains everything needed to play chess and draughts, including wooden 2 and a half inch 'Staunton' style chess pieces, draughts pieces and a board with 40mm squares. The chess pieces are crafted from Karri wood and Boxwood, and each is varnished with a felted base. Also included is a cloth drawstring pouch to keep your pieces safe. The board folds away to just 1cm deep and comes inlaid with walnut and maple.
This luxury 2-in-1 set costs £51 and is an ideal gift for both novice and serious players.
Chess Set 3” and 3 1/2” King
While the above sets in this blog have been a combination of both chess and draughts, we also have two sets that are exclusively for chess.
Both of these sets contains 3” or 3 ½“ carved 'Staunton' style chess pieces made of Karri wood and Boxwood, each with weighted and felted bases and presented in cloth drawstring pouches. The boards each have 40mm squares and are inlaid with walnut and maple.
On the 3” version, the board measures 34.5cm x 34.5cm x 1cm. This gorgeous set costs £80.
The 3 ½“ is slightly larger, and measures 46cm x 25cm x 1cm. This chess set sells for £99.
Luxury 3-in-1 Games Set: Chess, Draughts & Backgammon
For gamers who want more bang for their buck, look no further than our 3-in-1 traditional game set. Similar to the 2-in-1 chess and draughts set earlier, this option also includes a backgammon board and dice. Once again, the chess pieces are ‘Staunton’ style and are made from Karri wood and Boxwood, and the boards are inlaid with walnut and maple.
This fabulous 3-in-1 set is only £95 and a wonderful addition for beginners and more advanced players.
Travel Chess Sets
Finally, we have two travel sets that are available for players. Our Travel Chess Set is beautifully made from re-forested hardwood is the ideal travel companion. It is packaged in an attractive green box and includes a comprehensive rules booklet. The set has a hinged top to allow the Chessmen to be stored inside. The set is compact and an ideal travel companion, with the board only measuring 13cm x 13cm and weighing 170g.
This versatile product retails for only £13 and is a wonderful stocking filler this Christmas.
Alternatively, we have a combination set for chess, draughts and backgammon which is ideal for players who like to have options that are still compact enough for travel. This set has metal chess pieces and contains both backgammon and chess boards side by side, which closes together to form a case so that it is easy to carry.
Our 3-in-1 travel set sells for just £33 and is a fantastic companion for game enthusiasts.