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Worlds Finest Chess and Backgammon

We love and believe in chess and backgammon to build strong minds to withstand any life chaos. You're searching for a nice friendly company with real people in the UK and with a good wide range of chess sets, chess software or chess computers. You've found it. You've arrived at England's home for the chess set: whether sets, chess NOT veneer. We also now have Cribbage, Backgammon, Wooden Puzzles and Draughts. Our chess boards are heavy genuine wood, which is different from every other retailer we know of. We have a hard earned reputation as established purveyors of chess products, all made by our exacting craftsmen. You can buy with confidence and with a clear returns policy. If you need a little guidance, please feel free to call us. Looking for Isle of Lewis historical chess sets? Here they are: Isle of Lewis Chess. - hide read more +

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chess, backgammon, cribbage

Luxury Sets

From £100

mid price chess sets

Mid Price Sets

From £50

economy chess sets

Economy Sets

From £20

chess computers, electronic chess


New Products

chess computers, electronic chess


21 in Collection

dgt electronic chess boards

DGT E-Boards

35 in Collection

chess clocks


17 in Collection

chess  boards


12 in Collection

chess cases, chess boxes


16 in Collection

unusual chess sets

Unusual Sets

27 in Collection

plain theme chess sets

Theme/Decorative Chess

35 in Collection

travel chess sets

Travel & Magnetic Sets

30 in Collection

chess software

Software & DVDs

38 in Collection

chess books


200+ in Collection

chess in schools, chess clubs


19 in Collection

Backgammon, Cribbage & More

jewellery boxes

Jewellery Boxes & Cases

> 30 in Collection

cribbage boards


4 in Collection



7 in Collection

wooden puzzles

Wooden Puzzles

10 in Collection

howard staunton

About Chess

"Chess is Life" - said Bobby Fischer. Similarly games such as Backgammon Draughts, Go, Cribbage, etc. feed the mind and nourish the soul. As for chess, Howard Staunton was the man who helped establish the standard of the design that came to be known as 'Staunton', where the Queen has a coronet, the King a cross, etc. Jaques have always been closely associated with Staunton, and most chess sets today are in the Jaques Staunton style - certainly all the ones played in chess tournaments. There's nothing official about Staunton - it's just a style - the one that has come to be known as the default style in chess. ChessBaron has mostly staunton sets, but also has themed chess sets including the popular Isle of Lewis, along with such sets as Sherlock Holmes, Battle of Waterloo, etc.

Customer Reviews

Dear Baron, I have just received my set today, and I thought a quick email to say thank you was in order. The Marina and Boticini Marble chess set is perfect! A beautiful piece, that although, is going to be used to play, looks fabulous on display too. Absolutely worth the money! Many thanks and kind regards, Phi**.

Hello, I recently ordered the Bud Rosewood Staunton luxury set with the matching board. The set arrived within 5 business days and is just beautiful. The individual differences on the knights make for a unique set and the rich wood makes a beautiful centrepiece in my living room. It will be a treasured possession for many years to come – if only my chess skills matched the beauty of this set!

"" J.L in Den Haag, Netherlands

Baron just to let you know the Battle of Waterloo chess set has arrived safe and sound and the 2" square rosewood board (B2009) that was recommended on your website is absolutely brilliant. I have purchased these for my Father as a present and I know he will be absolutely thrilled with them. Your email communications, dispatch information and postal tracking numbers are second to none, a very efficient and pleasurable Internet purchase, I would recommend your company to anyone, thanks again.

"" M.S, North Wales

Hi Chess Baron, I recently ordered a set and board for my dad's Christmas present as he is an keen chess player. I can't say I am too surprised by the superb quality of both the pieces and the board as your website has excellent photographs and discriptions, but the overall level in the quality of transaction was a surprise! From the ease and assurance of the online transaction, to the swift confirmation emails complete with tracking numbers through to the speed of delivery - from order to delivery of 2 days (at this Christmas time of year as well!) - I have been very impressed. I do a fair bit of internet shopping and this purchase has been easily one of the best. Excellent products, excellent service and a very happy customer. Thanks.

"" Mr T.B, Hove

Hi, Just wanted to let you know that the Battle of Culloden arrived safely today - and it is FABULOUS! I am so impressed with your service (it is outstanding) and the order-to receipt-of goods time is the best I've ever experienced. Thank you so much! I know my son is going to love his birthday present and I shall be delighted to recommend you to all my friends and family.

"" Ms A.E, Harrogate

Hi. Would just say im overly pleased with chessbaron. Great communication, shipping time, service, packaging and brilliant goods!

"" Mr A.H, Norway

I have just unpacked my order - I wasn’t expecting such a large box! - and feel obliged to tell you how pleased I am with it. It has exceeded my expectations. The leather case with all the compartments is superb. I would also like to thank the sales team for their help on a query I had with the order. It is a pleasure doing business with you. Kind regards...

"" Mr J.P in Tonbridge, Kent

I am usually reluctant to join bandwagons, but I will happily make an exception for Chessbaron and join the chorus of voices singing the praises of this fantastic company. The quality of the set I purchased some years ago was excellent and I really ought to have given some positive feedback at that time, especially when one of the pieces with a tiny flaw was immediately replaced without question. However, I can now remedy that failing because you have once again provided me with superb service. I am extremely grateful that you found a replacement king for another set that has a lot of sentimental value to me. I know how difficult it is to match a piece in that way - I had spent a lot of time scouring the internet in vain. Needless to say, I will happily recommend Chessbaron to my friends and am happy if you share that recommendation with a wider audience.

"" Best Wishes, J.F, Sheffield

I am writing to express my thanks for the King Cross Staunton Chess Set that arrived today. My compliments:- this is truly a beautiful work of art, and also my compliments on the standard of the packaging - well done indeed! I'm looking forward to many years of playing (oops-learning! We never stop learning this game do we!) with this wonderful chess set.

"" Ms A.L, Cardiff

Thanks for a really excellent service. The set is beautiful and arrived very quickly. Thank you.

"" Dr H.F, Fleet, Hampshire

Thank you very much for your quick response. We look forward to receiving the board cover. We have been really impressed with the level of service that you have provided and the quality of your products. We have now got a super product from you - the Canterbury pieces and rosewood board. It looks so fantastic. It was an engagement present from me to my fiance as he has always wanted a set of chess pieces and we met in Canterbury! We are both delighted. It is certainly something to treasure as well as enjoy looking at and using. Thank you again.

"" Ms S.C, Purley, Surrey