March’s Featured Chess Set is part of the collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF). Since its creation in 1986, the WCHOF has endeavored to highlight the history and cultural significance of the game of chess. The WCHOF’s collection is diverse and includes sets once owned by legendary players, mass-produced sets with lively pop culture themes, antique ivory sets, travel sets, as well as chess computers. Through these artifacts, the WCHOF illustrates how chess has evolved through its over 1500-year history.
Created to be used while on the go, this diminutive chess set is contained in a carrying case decorated with a shamrock. The red and white pieces have pegs on their bases and the board has corresponding holes, which keep the pieces in place during play. The pieces are miniature versions of Staunton style pieces, the familiar style of chess set used for tournament play. The history of these sets will be examined in an upcoming World Chess Hall of Fame exhibition titled The Staunton Standard: Evolution of the Modern Chess Set, which will open on April 12, 2018.