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Staunton chess set
The history of the set
• The Staunton chess set is the standard set of
chess pieces used in the official chess
tournaments.
• It has been used since 29 September
1849, before it there was no standard set of
chess pieces.
• The set was patented by Cook on 1 March
1849.
• The first 500 sets made were signed and
numbered by Staunton.
Howard Staunton
1810 - London, 22 June 1874
He was an English chess master
who was generally regarded as the
world’s strongest chess player from
1843 to 1851. He was also known as
a chess writer and a Shakespearean
scholar.
He organized the world’s first
international chess tournament in
1851 in London. From 1851 he
turned towards chess writing and
Shakespeare research.
The set
The knight
The knight can move to any of the closest squares that
are not on the same rank, file, or diagonal as the
square that the knight occupies.
The rook
It can move to any square on the rank or file that it
occupies.
Staunton chess set
Staunton chess set

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Staunton

  • 2. The history of the set • The Staunton chess set is the standard set of chess pieces used in the official chess tournaments. • It has been used since 29 September 1849, before it there was no standard set of chess pieces. • The set was patented by Cook on 1 March 1849. • The first 500 sets made were signed and numbered by Staunton.
  • 3. Howard Staunton 1810 - London, 22 June 1874 He was an English chess master who was generally regarded as the world’s strongest chess player from 1843 to 1851. He was also known as a chess writer and a Shakespearean scholar. He organized the world’s first international chess tournament in 1851 in London. From 1851 he turned towards chess writing and Shakespeare research.
  • 5. The knight The knight can move to any of the closest squares that are not on the same rank, file, or diagonal as the square that the knight occupies.
  • 6. The rook It can move to any square on the rank or file that it occupies.