The most expensive chess set in the world



Commissioned in Great Britain in 2005 by Jewel Royale, the most expensive chess set in the world is the Jewel Royale Chess Set, valued at  $9.8 million! With the king singularly valued at $100,000! . It’s made of solid gold and platinum, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and white/black pearls.

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Staunton, the standard of Chess


For those unfamiliar, staunton is the name of the design of chess pieces designated for tournament use, the universal standard of chess pieces. The staunton design originated in the 19th century due to the need for a universal chess standard. There is and has been a lot of chess piece designs since the game was invented, stanton  serves as a reference point, a mark of stability. The staunton chess design was first released in 1849 by the purveyors of fine games, John Jaques of London, sport and games manufacturers, of Hatton Garden, London England. It is named after Howard Staunton , the chess player and writer who was generally considered the strongest player in the world from 1843 to 1851. Although Nathaniel Cook has long been credited with the design, it may have been conceived by his brother-in-law and owner of the firm, John Jaques.

Chess Makes You Smarter!



Studies all over the world(Dr. Albert Frank, Congo, Dr. Yee Wang Fung, China, William M. Bart and Michael Atherton, University Of Minnesota, Canada, France, etc etc) have all come to the same conclusion, chess makes you smarter! Chess improves mental functions in all parts of the brain, this includes concentration, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem solving, pattern recognition, strategic planning, creativity, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, just to name a few. The possibility of chess is endless! Countless Studies have been done that highlight the mental development of those who play chess compared to those who don’t and the results are staggering. Google “Dr. Adriaan de Groot 1974-1976 Belgium study” for a better understanding of the topic.

The Origin Of Chess



According to Wikipedia, Chess originated in India during the Gupta Empire in the 6th century, originally known as chaturanga, which translates as “four divisions (of the military)”: infantry, cavalry, elephantry, and chariotry. “These forms are represented by the pieces that evolved into the modern pawn, knight, bishop, and rook, respectively. According to chess historians Gerhard Josten and Isaak Linder, “the early beginnings” of chess can be traced back even further to the Kushan Empire in Ancient Afghanistan, circa 50 BCE–200 CE.