So … we all play chess now, right? If you are among the 70 million people who have played The Queen’s Gambit – or know someone who has – you may be in the market for a chess board. Of course it’s us, so we had to dig a little to find the cutest chess games out there. It turns out that chess games are in great demand these days! Even if you’re not a fan of the show, there’s something slow and calming to sit down for a game that requires a bit of mental focus.
Another benefit for chess? You don’t need a full amount to play. It’s the perfect quarantine escape besides watching The Queen’s Gambit. Here are some of our favorite sets … make your move.
Most wanted chess board
This PRINTWORKS Classic chess set ($ 67) sells out so quickly almost everywhere – from Anthropologie to Urban. But we only found a few more, so act quickly! This modern set comes in a stylish box that will look cute on your shelf when you’re not sitting down for a game.
Best modern chess board
This $ 99.95 marble chess game is all about CHESS TO IMPRESS. The sleek gray and white chess board is made of smooth Banswara marble and houses modern chess pieces, each hand carved and polished by craftsmen in India. A timeless gift for the modern gamer.
Best glam chess board
Make game night glamorous with this $ 200 acrylic chess board. This set is an elegant variant of a classic and deserves a permanent presentation on your coffee table.
Best classic chess game
Sometimes classic is best, and wooden chess board with a felt board ($ 28.99) is a top choice.
Best rustic set
This unique handcrafted rustic olive wood chess set ($ 129) features individually hand-carved pieces on a gorgeous raw-edged board. There are even two small drawers on opposite ends for safe storage.
Cutest set for on the go
The travel-ready Pendleton Roll-Up Chess and Checkers Set ($ 35) is perfect for road trips and adventures.
Best statement set
These stunning $ 149 Skyline Acrylic Chess Sets (New York or London) take standout lineups of remarkable architecture and turn them into game pieces to create a truly unique statement.
Most beautiful chess board
There is no doubt that this acrylic chess set ($ 169) is awesome. The transparent board has a white checkered print and also serves as a box for the entire set. The pieces are available in two color schemes with different shapes and shades to give a modern take on traditional play.
Best colorful 2-in-1 chess board
Get brave and colorful with this 2-in-1 chess and checkers set from MoMA ($ 55).
Best affordable chess game
The simple and cute chess game from Target (US $ 10) is a classy wooden board with dark blue and beige pieces.
Best giant chess game
How much fun is this huge indoor and outdoor chess game ($ 90)? It can be folded up for easy transport and set up as a floor game or outside as a lawn game.
Best chess game for beginners
Okay – it’s not the cutest chess game. But No Stress Chess ($ 13.50) is the perfect place to start! Just place the stones on the board, shuffle the deck and start playing. There are different levels of difficulty in which the players are gradually introduced to standard chess in standard steps. When you’re done, just flip the board over to the standard checkerboard side!