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Giant Outdoor Chess

Take chess to new levels with giant chess, a king-sized outdoor chess version that can be played anywhere. Long considered only an indoor game due to its being played on a board, usually on a table, chess is now gaining more fans that love to play it in a park, in the backyard, or at an outdoor concert or other event. You might say, “outdoor chess is in.”

What comprises a superior outdoor giant chess game set? Well, the chessboard should be waterproof, as condensation from grass or earth won’t harm it. Since you don’t want the wind to toss the board about, it’s best to get a mat with strong corner eyelets that can be held down by small stakes. It’s hard enough to remember chessmen placement without the whole board and pieces being wind-tossed.

And, so you won’t look like a park character toting belongings in a blanket, get a set that comes in a sturdy carrying bag…a solid, lightweight canvas bag with a strong carrying strap for longer treks. You could play in the shade of your car – like car-camping – but, doesn’t that counter the pleasure of “going native”?

To go wild for chess in the wild, buy sets from a quality maker of games and sports equipment. Your list must include the Magnum Outdoor Chess & Checkers Set (35.5 in x 35.5 in) or it’s stately cousin, the Giant Outdoor Chess & Checkers Set (55 in x 55 in), both are superb combination game sets.

Both of these chess games are made by the world’s fore most producer of quality indoor and outdoor handmade English chess sets, Jaques of London. They contain all of the elements listed above. The still family-run company, established in 1795 by expert craftsman Thomas Jaques, has made games and sporting equipment for the world’s families for eight generations. It is still unrivaled for selection and quality.

Jaques created the Staunton Chess Set; the first easily produced and therefor instantly popular chess set, which became the standard design for chess pieces and still remains so, worldwide. Jaques of London also makes the best croquet equipment in the world, and introduced that game (as well as their own games, Ping Pong, Ludo, Snakes & Ladders and Happy Families, among others, to the world. Get going outdoors with your own outdoor chess sets, and you’ll love chess even more!

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