Staunton Chess Pieces

 

Staunton Chess PiecesThe Staunton chess pieces are the standard for tournaments around the globe which was designed by Nathaniel Cook in 1849 and was named after Howard Staunton.

The popularity for chess brought the demand for a universal model to be used in chess competitions, rather than the numerous chess pieces at the time that had various shapes and sizes, that was often distracting from the game and perhaps altering the outcome of a chess match.

In the 19th century it was obvious that there was a need for chessmen that would be universally recognized and appreciated by chess players from all over the globe and the Staunton design was the ideal solution.