The House of Staunton is proud to offer the Congress Series Chess set. A full tournament-sized Chess set, it features a 3.75" King with a 1.5" diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with luxurious billiard cloth base pads and a beautiful finish.
As with all of our Chess sets, the Congress Series exemplifies a perfect combination of distinct beauty and functionality. It has been designed to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining an elegance which has become the hallmark of a House of Staunton chess set. The design, quality and craftsmanship of this set is UNMATCHED by any set of Chessmen in its price range. Nothing even comes close!
The Chessmen are new and each set consists of 34 Chessmen, including four Queens, a standard that was introduced by The House of Staunton in 1993.
I really like this set. It is durable enough to take to OTB tournaments, yet beautifully crafted, and could be put on display to great effect. If I had to say anything negative about it, I'd say the knights look a little on the small side. I wish they were a quarter inch taller.
With so many designs out there, it can be confusing and difficult to choose the "best" chess set, and in the end it comes down to what you like personally. For me, this Congress set from House of Staunton is the ultimate in beauty, craftsmanship, and functionality, a set made to last a lifetime. I bought this set as a gift for my son and his wife, and they were thrilled with it. Even during a year when chess sets are hard to find (because of the popularity of the Queen's Gambit series on Netflix), the set arrived on time and in perfect condition. A truly beautiful, classical, traditional set that will last a lifetime. I don't think there is a better set out there, at any price.