Who could have predicted that one of the hottest trends of 2020 would be a newfound fascination with one of the world’s oldest games, chess? Only someone that’s two steps ahead, of course. The two-player strategy game—the origins of which are thought to date back thousands of years to India during the Gupta Empire—has seen an undeniable revival in popular culture thanks to Netflix‘s latest hit series, The Queen’s Gambit.
In fact, shopping data from Klarna, a buy-now-pay-later provider and shopping app, confirms that binge-watching the Neflix original series has significantly impacted recent shopping trends. Klarna reports that chess-related searches on the app have increased by 79 percent this year from September to November. It seems no coincidence that The Queen’s Gambit premiered on the streaming platform on October 23.
If you or someone you know is an aspiring chess Master like the show’s protagonist, wunderkit Beth Harmon, perhaps it’s time to brush up on your strategic skills with a new set. Keep reading for 50 of the most interesting, unique, and flat-out cute chess sets of 2020.
Best Chess Sets
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1. Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set
For anyone who has ever wanted to relive the magic that is the iconic wizard’s chess scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
2. Lord of The Rings Battle for Middle Earth Chess Set
Fans of the Lord of the Rings series will jump for joy over this special set.
3. Eaglemoss Lord of The Rings Chess Collection Complete Set
Of course, if you prefer a fancier Lord of the Rings chess collectin (and don’t mind the steep price point), the Eaglemoss complete collection set simply cannot be matched.
4. Star Wars Chess Game
With chess pieces resembling iconic Star Wars characters like the Imperials—Darth Vader and Boba Fett—and the Rebels—R2 D2 and Han Solo—the Force is definitely strong with this set.
5. USAOPOLY Game of Thrones Collector’s Chess Set
Game of Thrones may be over, but winter is always coming if you own this USAOPOLGY collector’s chess set.
6. The Batman Chess Set (The Dark Knight vs The Joker)
Officially authorized by Warner Brothers, each individual chess piece resembles the Batman series’ most famous characters: Batman, Batgirl, The Joker, and Harley Quinn. There’s even a Batmobile chess piece!
7. USAOPOLY Disney Pixar Toy Story Collector’s Chess Set
Featuring everyone’s fan-favorite animated characters from Toy Story 4, including Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, and Woody, this collectible chess set is perfect for any lover of Disney-Pixar.
8. Fun Family Chess Set for Kids & Adults – Wooden Board Game for Learning Chess
A perfect beginner’s set that won’t break the bank, this wooden board chess set is great for both kids and adults alike.
9. HPL Medieval Times Crusades Warrior Chess Set Blue & White Maltese Cross with 17″ Mosaic Design Board
For anyone looking for a chess set that’s as much a conversation piece as it is a board game.
10. Greek Gods Mythology Set of Chess Men Pieces Hand Painted
Each chess piece in this unique Greek Gods Mythology set is hand-painted, making it all the more luxe.
11. Husaria Wooden Three-Player Chess
Stray away from the standard square chess board with this hexagon-shaped set that allows for a trio of players.
12. Fityle Travel Chess Set with Chess Board Educational Toys for Kids and Adults Pink
Is your child a Beth Harmon in the making? Start her off with this beginner’s set featuring fun and bold colors.
13. Avant-Garde Black Frosted Glass Chess Set with Mirror Board
In this set’s mirrored board, your opponent will be able to see every bead of their own sweat reflecting back at them.
14. Glass Chess Set
Available in three sizes, this Glass Chess Set is just as about as aesthetically pleasing as it gets.
15. NOVICA Black and Pink Challenge Marble Mini Chess Set
There’s something about a marble chess set that just feels all the more professional.
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16. Egyptian Chess Set
If the price point doesn’t scare you away, this Egyptian Chess Set is perfect for serious chess players looking for a set that’s both refined and ornate.
17. Printworks for Anthropologie Chess Game, $58 at Anthropologie
This vibrant chess set from Anthropologie will make a statement in any home.
18. Printworks Chess Set, $47 at Urban Outfitters
As much a part of your home decor as it is a board game, this gorgeous green chess set from Urban Outfitters is sure to be a conversation-starter.
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Take your chess game up a notch with this minimalistic and mid-century inspired board.
20. Chess Set Bauhaus Minimalist Chess Set with Compact 4 Piece Board, $53 at Etsy
You’ll love the minimalist, geometric-inspired look of this chess set but unlike other modern versions available for a pretty penny, you’ll love the price, too. After all, it’s under $75.
21. Stone Chess Set 12″ Stone Board and Stone Pieces Chess Set, $99 at Etsy
Both the chess board and each individual piece in this handmade set crafted in India are made with stone and onyx, with wooden details on the board.
A vintage chess board made in the 1980s, you’ll never find another board quite like this wooden chess set, thought to be originally from Poland.
23. London Skyline Architectural Chess Set, $232 at Etsy
Perhaps one of the most unique chess sets in existence, each handmade piece is crated from high grade acylic and Carrara marble to resemble the London skyline.
24. Vintage Black and White Marble Chess Set, $350 at Etsy
This vintage chess set made of marble is completely handmade and more importantly, one of a kind.
25. Premium Metal New York Skyline Chess Set, $556 at Etsy
Another chess set in the artchitectural series, each of these pieces takes after a different iconic building from the Manhattan skyline.
26. Neon Blue and White Acrylic Chess Set, $176 at Etsy
Tinged with a modern feel, this blue, white, and black acrylic chess set is for any chess player who’s not afraid of a little color.
27. Handmade Industrial Chess Board, $63 at Etsy
Handmade, this industrial chess set is vintage and one-of-a-kind.
28. Professor Puzzle Chess Board Game, $9.99 at Target
If you’re looking for an inexpenesive, family-friendly starter set, this one from Target is under $10.
29. Chess Set Game – Deluxe with 3.5″ King, $27 at Target
Another great chess set offering from Target, this wooden chess set features a three-and-a-half inch king and conveniently folds up and latches shut for easy storage.
30. UCC Distributing Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Resin Chess Set with Game Board, $136 at Target
While there’s no controls that come with this Super Mario chess set, it makes the perfect gift for any chess-loving gamer.
A great option for beginners, wooden chess set from Best Buy is totally foldable and portable, making it perfect for travel.
34. Trademark Games Octagonal Chess and Checkers Set, $44 at Best Buy
Both a chess and checkers set, this octagonal game board also features two storage drawers for convenience.
35. Tizo Acrylic Chess Board, $425 at Shopbop
The Tizo Acrylic Chess board is so pretty, you may never end up playing with it, but rather, staring at it forever.
Chess board shapes range from your standard square to hexagons and octagons, but if you want a real challenge, try playing on a circular board.
37. Bey-Berk Leather Chess Set, $85 at Nordstrom Rack
Made of a leather outer board with topstitching, this incredibly detailed chess set also features one drawer for storage.
38. Clear Chess Board Game, $26 at Wayfair
Pick a side: Clear glass or frosted glass.
39. Acrylic Chess Game, $169 at Urban Outfitters
Once again, this another stunning chess set you might want to keep just for the look rather than for the play.
40. Handmade Besaw Gray Chess Board Game, $77 at Wayfair
If you’re looking for a sophisticated chess set that is handcrafted with marble but also is inexpensive, you can’t fare much better than this one, handmade by the Sierra family.
41. Woodland Wonder Chess Set, $99 at Crate and Barrel
The whimsical ice cream and woodland creature chess sets will entice the children to get involved in the world’s oldest strategy game, too.
42. Chess Set Succulents Planter with Compact 4 Piece Board, $53 at Etsy
Guaranteed, you’ll never find a chess set quite like this one. With live succulents in each chess piece, like a planter, it makes a perfect gift for anyone searching for an eco-friendly chess set.
43. Handmade Mchezo Wa Vita Light Green Chess Board Game, $127 at Wayfair
This is no standard chess set. Ornate and elegant, it’s been carefully handmade by carvers using locally quarried soapstone in the Kisii district of Kenya.
44. Umbra Wobble Chess Set
With a concave landscape, the Umbra Wobble Chess Set causes the chess pieces to wiggle around as you make your moves. It’s not just a unique design; it’s also a prize-winning one. The Umbra Wobble Chess Set won an Award of Merit in the 2008 International Design Award competition.
45. Royal Selangor Hand Finished New Chess Set Collection Pewter Chinese Chess Set Gift
A real work of art, the Royal Selangor Hand Finished Chess Set, featuring handfinished pewter pieces that resemble checkers, sells for a whopping $750.
46. Dragon Ball Z Collector’s Chess Set
A real treat for Dragon Ball Z fans and collectors, each chess piece is custom sculpted into either a hero or a villain. Goku and Buu are the kings, while Vegeta and Cell are the queens!
47. SRENTA 10″ Fine Glass Chess Game Set of Solid Glass Chess Pieces with Padded Bottom
While most chess sets made of fine glass run upwards of at least $100, this one, available on Amazon, offers a much more accessible price point.
48. Renaissance Knight Chess Recreational Classic Strategy Game Set
Play on top of a two-tier Renaissance-themed chess set featuring a floating glass board and a stunning detailed bottom featuring all of the chess pieces fallen before you.
49. Rustic Red Olive Wood Luxury Edition Chess Set
The luxury edition of this rustic red olive wood chess set features exquisite detailing in the carving and is handcrafted in Tunisia.
50. Marvel Collector’s Chess Set with Custom Sculpted Chess Pieces Marvel Superheros & Villains
Last, but certainly not least, there’s even a chess set out there for all the Marvel fans. Iron Man and Thanos are kings, Captain Marvel and Hella are queens in this game that pits superheroes versus villains.
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