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:
The chess set:
Online training, puzzles, and much more at

Did you find this video interesting? What questions do you have? Comment below.

Chess Genius – electronic chess for this millennium


It’s a new era for electronic chess. New, more sophisticated games are emerging that combined the tactile experience of electronic chess with the computing power they deserve.

Millennium’s Chess Genius, launched late 2015, stormed onto the scene with great anticipation.

It’s proving to be a winner so far in multiple ways, the most important of which is a modernized chess software based on Richard Lang’s award winning Chess Genius.

For those looking for a real-life chess computer, with real pieces to move on a real chessboard, with no need for a computer, tablet, or the like, this electronic chess game brings the joy of chess to those who need a chess player opponent when and where they like. No need to schedule a special date with a friend. Just pull out the game each evening and enjoy a calming game of chess.

  1. Already own the Chess Genius? Comment below and share with others your opinion of the game.
  2. Want to own it or give it as a gift? Buy your Chess Genius Computer at Chess House today.
  3. Explore the features of Chess Genius in this article


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Youth takes initiative with chess and wins

This young winner is demonstrating initiative. His reward? First place at a Peoria IL middle school team championship and first place in a novice bracket.


I just spoke with Andrea and her son. She loves the fact that he’s demonstrating how to take up a new pursuit and begin the process of mastery – without the hand-holding that’s sometimes needed with kids today.

Three weeks prior Andrea’s son knew only the basic rules. Then he decided it was time to really give chess his attention and grow his skills rapidly.

He hit the ground running, and in short time, with persistent focus learned alongside friends at the middle school, practiced on the Internet Chess Club, grew his ability to spot winning moves with’s tactics trainer, and purchased a chess set, notation journal, chess clock and bag from Chess House.

It was a recipe for success.


Andrea’s son already excels in math and science, and she feels chess can only benefit his academic interests. Plus, chess is letting him practice and grow some real life skills by both studying the elements of the game and interacting with others during competitions.

Who could ask for a better gaming pursuit? One that DOES NOT rely heavily on more daily media exposure?

Often, merely introducing the game of chess is all it takes. And a young player will beg to continue exploring and unpacking the exciting strategies this timeless game offers.

Andrea’s son is excited about this win, and he plans to keep pursuing the game to a higher level. He’ll be entering high school and is fully aware that the competition will get tougher. But that’s not about to stop him.

Following his win, Andrea shared that “he immediately came home and put together his shopping list from Chess House” and that his “first experience was perfect”.

Congratulations to Andrea’s family for fostering a positive learning environment and encouraging this young winner.