1 billion fans for 2016 World Chess Match in NY

1 billion fans for 2016 World Chess Match in NY

New York City will welcome USA’s first ever World Chess Championship. It’s the youngest championship ever with both players age 25.

With smartphone penetration now over 70% it will be the most watched chess event ever. For this reason some exciting new ways to show and broadcast chess will be unveiled. read more…

Live edge solid wood chessboard

The walnut live edge perimeter surrounds a floating walnut and maple block construction solid wood chessboard that is finished to perfection.

No two boards are alike and every one is entirely original as planned by John. With a 2″ square, there are a myriad of chess piece designs that will fit the chessboard, thereby more so a one-of-a-kind piece to be treasured by its proud owner.

Solid wood chessboard

The solid wood chessboard is made by John who is dedicated to his craft, producing the finest. Even Magnus Carlsen has played chess on his works of art.

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Selecting Chess Pieces for the Classroom

Selecting Chess Pieces for the Classroom

While advising thousands of parents and educators on chess pieces that will work in their particular classroom setting, I’ve become aware of the key questions that surface. And this article will equip you to make a good decision that will fit your budget and please students, parents, and any participants.

When choosing chess pieces for the classroom, ask yourself, are they

  • safe for children
  • suitable
  • and long lasting?

Let’s look at these ideas briefly.

Safety is first, and the good news is that club style chess pieces are large enough to not be a choking hazard for school age children. What are club pieces? Any set of Staunton style pieces where the tallest piece is about 3 3/4″. Because it’s a standard, it’s very easy to find club pieces of this size. Staunton refers to the well recognized design, or variations on it, typical of the pieces the boy is playing in the photo accompanying this article. read more…

Star Trek Chess Set by Franklin Mint

This chess set, from the Franklin Mint, is being released in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek TV series. The release is also timed in conjunction with the anticipated film Star Trek Beyond, the 13th film in the 50 year Star Trek franchise, being released summer of 2016. Since its inception in 1964, Star Trek has captured the hearts and minds of fans eager for a brighter future. The series’ views and ideas have moved beyond the screen and inspired the world outside of Science Fiction. Since the debut of “Court Martial” fans have been fascinated with the Tri-dimensional chess set featured in the episode. There have been many pop culture references to it, including episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Doctor Who.”

The 32 game pieces are precision cast and coated in sterling silver or 24 karat gold with three main playing boards and four moveable “attack boards.” Complete with a specially designed collectible booklet containing the history of the game and the rules of play, it is a stunning showpiece, moving the Star Trek saga into a bold new dimension.

The Star Trek Tri-dimensional chess set is bold, distinctive, eminently logical, and has everything you’ll need to start your intergalactic chess playing expedition.

14″ height when assembled
32 precision cast pieces
16 coated in sterling silver
16 coated in 24 karat gold
Three main playing boards – 4.25 inches squared
Four moveable attack boards – 2.13 inches squared
Boards are made of acrylic
Collectible booklet contains history of the game and rules

Order your Star Trek Chess Set at Chess House

2 Minute Chess Strategy: Play scholar’s mate?

Imagine a room with 200 students playing chess where 40 games end in just 4 moves!

It’s fun to win quickly, but is it a good idea to attempt Scholar’s mate? You may succeed once in a while playing a novice but if they catch on and play good moves? You’ll lose the initiative and risk your Queen being chased around the chessboard.

Still, Scholar’s mate is instructive to review and understand as this short video shows.

You can learn more about this 2 minute chess strategy on the Knight Level 2 DVD where it’s explained in detail along with more than 25 other strategies that will dramatically improve your results with chess.

Here are the resources:
The DVD: http://www.chesshouse.com/Elliott_s_Chess_School_DVD_2_Knight_Level_p/dv302.htm
The chess set: http://www.chesshouse.com/Heirloom_Championship_Chess_Set_p/hc535.htm
Online training, puzzles, and much more at http://online.chess4life.com/

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