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The game of chess as we know it today has its roots in the 2nd half of the 15th century emerging out of Southern Europe. Once an obscure game considered to be an intellectuals only game, it has blossomed into one of the most popular games on the planet with clubs devoted to nothing but strategy and execution of the game.
The game itself is played on a 64 square checkered board with a fairly complex set of rules. The game is very strategic with some players calculating moves out several moves in advance. A number of books have been written on the subject of strategy and knowledge when it comes to the game of chess and you can simply do a Google search for Chess Strategy to be inundated with options.
As with any popular sport, the equipment involved in the game has been improved on and perfected over the years. Many chess connoisseurs take their chess sets very seriously. It’s not uncommon for any participant in any sport to want nothing but the very best equipment available. A number of unique chess sets have appeared over the years with everything from current events to movie characters finding their way onto the chess board. I have seen:
- Dragon Chess Sets
- Gothic Chess Sets
- Pewter Chess Sets
- Civil War Chess Sets
- Lord of the Rings Chess Sets
- Jade Chess Sets
- Crystal Chess Sets
- Staunton Chess Sets
- Franklin Mint Collectible Chess Sets
- Egyptian Chess Sets
- Marble Chess Sets
- War Chess Sets
- Handmade Chess Sets
You name it, just about any kind of chess set imaginable is available out there. Many of these unique chess sets are absolutely stunning and are considered a work of art by those who appreciate the game. Some of Unique Chess Sets or Decorative Chess Sets are almost too good to play the game with, you would want to use them for decoration only.
Speaking of decoration, nothing can finish off a room or office like a beautiful unique chess set that is tailored to the personality of the owner. If you are looking for a thoughtful, personal and very unique gift then a chess set might be the ticket.