Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 1 : How to Standardize Chess Pieces

Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 1 : How to Standardize Chess Pieces


You have probably seen Chess pieces of tremendous
beauty; hand-carved pieces, sometimes made of ivory, even marble I’ve seen, and they’re
absolutely gorgeous to look at. The thing is they aren’t very good to play with. The
pieces are not the typical pieces that you would see on this board. They are much more
exotic looking. Sometimes they’re done with the semblance of human faces, and all sorts
of things, and they’re great as ornaments to have around the home. But I certainly would
not recommend playing with them. All match play these days does take place with these
kind of pieces, and these are known as the Staunton Pieces, that’s S-t-a-u-n-t-o-n. It
is named after a famous British player actually, called Howard Staunton, who recognized that
the pieces did need to be standardized, and did bring them out in this format. And right
from the beginning of playing Chess, I would strongly recommend that you do stick to these
pieces, and keep the other beautiful ones around the house as the ornaments.

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