27 Uniquely Fun Chess Sets For The Chess Master in Your Life

By David Lautaret | Updated: December 20, 2022

    Chess is one of the most popular games in the world, and it’s become even more popular after The Queen’s Gambit captivated television audiences. So whether you’re new to the game or a chess master, looking for a traditional chess set, or something wild and out there, we’ve put together a terrific gift guide for some of the most unique chess sets anywhere!

    The great thing about chess lovers is that they will never tire of an exciting new board gifted to them. And do we have some boards for you.

    From electronic to Greek gods, tribal to rustic, Harry Potter to Marvel, Star Wars to Jurassic Park, personalized to an architect’s dream set. There are sets to help kids learn and even a very quirky Cats Vs. Dogs chess set. Not to mention a wall set to engage your partner at home in an ongoing tournament.

    Here are the most original fun chess sets we could find. Ready for you to “capture” someone’s day!

  1. Electronic Chessboard
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    At last, learning to play chess can be easy and fun, thanks to this state-of-the-art electronic game set! Equipped with a built-in computer algorithm, Electronic Chess offers a vast selection of game modes with varying difficulty levels to strengthen your hand at chess. With an array of customized games and puzzles, it’s the ideal way to acclimate beginners and challenge players of all levels.

  3. Olivewood Rough Edge Chess Set
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    An olive wood board is a must-have for any chess enthusiast. These olive chess sets are handmade from 100% natural Tunisian olive wood. They are great Christmas gifts and work fantastically as home décor and for playing chess. The edges are made from real olive tree bark and come complete with all the pieces you need to play with.

  5. Kumbula African Tribal Set
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    Celebrate Africa and its proud history with this authentic, unique chess set. This themed chess set is manufactured in South Africa and made from wood and polystone (a kind of resin and stone compound) that gives weight and a rich porcelain finish. This luxury chess set is packaged in a durable, double-walled box with die-cut foam holders to ensure it stays in pristine condition for years to come.

  7. Dogs vs. Cats Chess Set 
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    “Fighting like cats and dogs” has a whole new meaning with this novelty chess set. Instead of the classic knights, kings, and queens, each side features a royal court filled with various breeds of felines and canines, all ready to duke it out in the most highbrow way possible. Display it as a fun conversation starter or get kids interested in this most cerebral of pastimes. 

  9. Personalized Chess Set
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    Your chess games will be more aesthetic with this board. It could also be used as gorgeous home decor for your home or office. Make this a permanent set where you can have enjoyable moments with your family members or give it to your loved ones passionate about chess. This stylish and unique chess set can be used for a long time thanks to the high-quality materials. The interior of the case can be customized with a loved one’s name– or your own!

  11. Gods of Greek Mythology Set 
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    Play chess with the gods with this collectible chess set! The pieces conjure ancient tales of Greek mythology atop the legendary Mount Olympus. Zeus and Aphrodite each stand in as king and queen, so you may move each piece around a deluxe wooden chessboard with walnut and maple veneer inlays. These individually sculpted chess set pieces are hand-cast in bonded natural stone and polished to a desirable finish. 

  13. Harry Potter Wizard Set
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    A beautiful recreation of the chess set is seen at the climax of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, where Hogwarts’ finest-ever chess game was played. This Harry Potter chess set includes 32 highly-detailed molded plastic chess pieces measuring between 5-11.5cms in height and a playing board approximately 47cm square. It’s the perfect chess gift idea for the Harry Potter enthusiast in your life!

  15. Storytime Chess for Kids 
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    Meet King Shakey, who’s afraid of bees, trees, and even his knees—which is why he moves so cautiously, one square at a time. Characters, stories, activities, and imagery help kids as young as 3 learn chess moves, strategies, and language. This fun, creative approach to the game of kings has been used in schools and endorsed by chess masters and homeschooling parents alike. Grown-ups need no prior chess experience to help kids learn with these materials, so it’s fun for everyone.

  17. Crusaders Chess Set
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    This unique Crusaders chess set measures either 14″ or 15.7″ and comes with a beautiful handmade solid wood chessboard. The design is handmade and burned with a torch, while the chess pieces are made of polyester and hand-painted. The handmade checkers are made of Boxwood (Buxus Sempervirens), a slow growth of Boxwood that renders the wood very hard, heavy, and with fine grain produced by growth rings, making it ideal for chess pieces and checkers.

  19. Batman Chess Set
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    The classic game of chess meets Batman and the Joker. This set will be appreciated by chess set collectors and Batman lovers alike! 

  21. Jurassic Park Set
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    Go head-to-head with history’s fiercest creatures in an epic duel 65 million years in the making! The dinosaurs of Jurassic Park are brought to life with 32 authentic and oversized pieces. The highly detailed pieces are authentic, officially authorized recreations of the dinosaurs featured in the Jurassic Park film franchise.

  23. Star Wars Chess Set
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    Star Wars fans and chess players can enjoy this Star Wars Edition chess game. Featuring traditional chess gameplay, this edition includes pawns modeled after characters from the Star Wars universe, including those featured in the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Players play as either the light side or the dark side and battle for board control.

  25. Roman Chess Set
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    This chessboard is made of a 12mm, 1st quality MDF board. This particular chessboard is made from wood, but you’d swear it’s real marble chess set by looking at it. The metal pieces describe Roman leaders and their period. These game pieces were produced to make you feel as much as possible that you are the ruler of a great empire because chess is much more than a game. You can also select an Egyptian set.

  27. Walnut Wood Chess Set
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    Are you looking for a classy chess set? Chess Armory’s wooden chess set delivers all the chess essentials in one place. It has a folding board, polished chess pieces, and a sturdy storage box. The compact 15″ x 15″ chess board set is made of smooth inlaid walnut, where every square size measures 1.625″ x 1.625″. It folds in half to store the chess pieces inside when needed.

  29. New York City Skyline Chess
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    Calling all adventurous chess lovers! You’ll love these meticulously crafted miniature renditions of famous Big Apple buildings. Both exceptional and everyday structures are used in this modern take on the classic game. Brownstones, which stand in for pawns, sit alongside acrylic renditions of the Guggenheim and One World Trade. Packed with its very own folding card chessboard, this unique set makes a great gift for New Yorkers, chess whizzes, and lovers of high design alike.

  31. Mahogany Chess and Checkers Set
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    This game set includes both Chess and Checkers. You can enjoy two games with one purchase of this Staunton-style chess set. The gorgeous mahogany and intricately detailed pieces make this foldable chessboard a gift they’ll pass down through the generations! When it’s time for family game night, this will be what comes out first! 

  33. Metal Chess Set
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    Play a game or two with the metal chess board game with your kids at home, your coffee buddy at the office, or the friendly ice cream vendor at the park with this chess set with storage. The metal chess game set with the 15-inch board is lightweight and portable to carry around without the hassle.

  35. Chess, Checkers, & Backgammon 3-in-1 Set
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    Why settle for a game board that only does one thing? This 3-in-1 chess set is perfect for the minimalist who wants to keep their options open for family game night! Play chess today, play checkers tomorrow, and backgammon the following night, or have an epic game night and play all at once! 

  37. Wall Chess
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    The average game of chess takes roughly 40 moves. All those moments of thinking add up, so finding time to sit down to a battle for the board isn’t always easy. This pretty oak set solves that problem while doubling as a delightful piece of home decor. Designed to hang vertically, the chess pieces stay put so that players can take turns in passing. Hang it in a hall to make your move part of a daily routine, or display it where it will spur impromptu games.

  39. Interactive Story-Based Chess Game
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    Tacto Chess by Playshifu turns your tablet into an interactive chessboard and uses tactile figurines to drive the gameplay on screen. Tacto is one of the easiest ways to learn chess by making chess fun and interactive with animated story-based themes. The 4×4 mini-puzzles help you practice strategies before advancing to a full chessboard. And when you’re ready, outwit your friends and family in a 2-player-mode or play against AI in the single-player mode.

  41. Batman Chess Set 
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    If you’re a fan of the Caped Crusader, then this Batman-themed chess set is a must-have! Your favorite characters are meticulously portrayed in this best-seller Batman chess set. This chess set makes a fun Christmas gift for the kid (or kid at heart) who wants a more exciting way to play chess! 

  43. Roll Up Tournament Chess Mat and Clock
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    The greatest place to play chess is out in a sunny park. Unfortunately, most parks don’t have chess tables! This tournament chess set gives you all the freedom to enjoy a game wherever you find an opponent! Just grab the tournament chess set with a bag and go! Whether it’s after-school chess club time or family chess night, this chessboard roll-up set has you covered and ready! 

  45. Best Chess Set Ever
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    This quadruple-weighted chess set makes a sleek and modern chess experience perfect for chess beginners and tournament players alike. Whether you’re looking to learn chess strategy, become a chess tournament champion, or bring more fun to family game night — The Best Chess Set Ever has you covered!

  47. No Stress Chess
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    No Stress Chess is a game that will help you learn the world’s greatest game – Chess. You can play instantly because the special game board guides you through setting up your pieces, and each card in the innovative deck shows you how to move the piece it pictures. You just set the pieces on the board, shuffle the deck, and begin to play! No Stress Chess teaches players the moves of all the Chess pieces. 

  49. White + Green Onyx Marble Set
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    If you’re looking for the Rolls-Royce of chess sets, this deluxe, high-quality marble onyx chess board is it! The set features fully hand-polished marble pieces and comes with a felt base to avoid scratches.

  51. Renaissance Knight Pewter Set 
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    The carnage detail on this set alone is a conversation starter! A glass chess board is set above a field of slain knights as the game of strategy begins. A truly unique design and a real treat for a history-buff chess player.

  53. Magnetic Travel Chess Set
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    This premium quality chess set gives you a smooth, lightweight feel. The pieces are easy to distinguish, and the chess set has beautiful packaging with rules of the chess game on the box. Every individual magnetic chess playing piece has an attraction to the 64-square playing field on the chessboard. The light magnetism makes it stable for playing outdoors in windy weather or traveling.