Chess is one of the most popular board games of all time. Itís popularity has remained unchallenged for at least 1500 years according to written history. Historians and scholars alike agree that chess, in all probability, originated in northern India. From this rich cultural environment it is commonly accepted that chess progressed west to Persia, then Arabia, and also east to ancient China. Each of these civilizations have made their own unique contribution to this great war game. From only one of these cultures, Arabia, is there surviving literature which tells in detail about the rules of the game and how it is played. It is possible from Arabic sources to reconstruct substantial portions of treaties written as early as 850 A.D. These writings are now considered to be the oldest known chess books in existence. Before this date there are only incidental references to the game in Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit and Chinese literature, enough to tell us that chess existed, but not whether it had yet stabilized or was still evolving. The earliest of these texts can be placed around 550 A.D. Before that, there is only archaeology, conjecture and references to other board games which may have anticipated the appeal of chess or even be its lineal ancestor.
The Noble Chess Set represents a marriage of artistry, tradition and history. Its form follows the shadowy threads of this great game back into the labyrinth of early history. This chess set is built around a beautiful leather playing surface which meets contemporary requirements for sanctioned, competitive play. Augmenting this is an elegant pedestal which carefully conceals two drawers designed specifically for Nobleís incomparable, staunton-style chess pieces. The drawers themselves are a work of art. Carefully crafted for beauty and function, each leather-lined "tomb" offers individual storage and protection. The set measures 24 inches long by 19.25 inches wide by 6 inches high. Includes Jewel Finish Staunton-style chess pieces.
The Noble Chess Board is an elegant adaptation of the Noble Chess Set without the Pedestal and drawers. In true Noble fashion, the Noble Chess Board is designed as both a beautiful accent piece for home or office, or for serious competitive play. The Noble Chess Board meets all national and international standards for tournament play. The board measures 24 inches long by 19.25 inches wide by 2.5 inches high. Chess board only. Chess pieces sold separately.
Noble chess pieces are uncompromising reproductions of the historic "Staunton-style" chessmen. This elegant and functional style was originally designed by Nathaniel Cook at an unknown date in the mid-1800s. Today staunton-style chessmen are the only accepted playing pieces used in sanctioned competitive play. The Noble chessmen are meticulously machined from solid steel and brass. The top two-thirds of each playing piece is uniformly textured to hide handling and wear. Each playing piece is covered in a clear protective coating which resists corrosion and tarnish. Noble chessmen are the finest staunton-style pieces in existence today.
|King||3 1/2 "||1 3/8 "||9.1 oz.|
|Queen||3 1/4 "||1 3/8 "||8.2 oz.|
|Bishop||2 3/4 "||1 3/16 "||5.0 oz.|
|Knight||2 1/2 "||1 3/16 "||6.2 oz.|
|Rook||2 "||1 3/16 "||4.5 oz.|
|Pawn||1 3/4 "||1 "||2.6 oz.|
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