According to a majority of netizens, Queen’s Gambit, Netflix’s latest show is worthy of binge watching. Based on a 1983 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis,the show tracks the life of a young chess prodigy Elizabeth Harmon (Anna Taylor-Joy) and her rise to an unprecedented stardom in the male-dominated chess fraternity during the 1960s.
Netflix reported that a record-breaking 62 million accounts watched Queen’s Gambit since its release on October 23, making it the OTT platform’s biggest limited scripted series ever.
This also led to a huge surge in the popularity of chess. People want to learn the game and buy chess sets. As per various reports, inquiries for chess sets on eBay have shot up to 250 per cent. While Google trends shows searches for terms ‘chess’, ‘chess sets’ and ‘how to play chess’ have seen an upward rise too.
If you too would like to refresh your chess skills or, perhaps, learn it from scratch – here is a roundup of the most beautiful chess sets you can buy.
Limited-Edition Pearl Royale by artist Colin Burn
Delicately crafted in 18k white gold, pearls, sapphires and 510 carats of fine diamonds, this otherworldly chess set by Australian artist Colin Burn is the world’s most luxurious chess set. It is limited to only three hallmarked sets.
Silver Lustre, Lladro
Handmade in Spain, Lladro’s chess set features black and white porcelain pieces on a glossy, silver luster anti-shock glass board.
Fowler Chess set, Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren has custom designed each brass-finished piece of this set along with this vintage-modern leather outlined board in navy and cream palette.
Luxury Bronze London Edition, Skyline Chess
This 32-piece chess set is hand cast in solid, matte-finish bronze. The king, queen, bishops, knights, rooks and pawns each exhibit London’s architectural landmarks such as the Ghirkin and London Eye.
Sterling Silver and 24k Gold Vermeil Chess set, Tiffany & Co.
No less than a work of art, this stunning handcrafted chess set by Tiffany & Co. took about a year to be made. The sterling silver and 24k gold vermeil board and pieces come packed in a unique Tiffany box.
Art Chess by Cheba, Purling London
This set designed as a luminous cosmos by Bristol-based artist Cheba features a unique glitter and spray-painted board with 32 hand-carved boxwood pieces in dark green and plum colour codes. It comes in Purling London packaging with Italian Nappa leather felts and 18k gold embossed Purling logos.
Crystal chess set, Articure
Articure’s chess set is crafted out of 100 per cent crystal with a dazzling see-through board and cubic kings, queens, rooks, bishops, knights and pawns in grey and white.
Lord of the Rings, Royal Selangor on Harrods
Royal Selangor’s chess board and pieces make for a perfect set for an ultimate chess battle, inspired by the iconic fantasy-adventure movie series Lord of the Rings.
Chess set, L’Objet
This set by L’Objet brings the classic black and white chess aesthetic to life once again.