Novelty, Traditional and Beginner Sets


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Chess is one of those old world games that seems almost impossible to understand, but it’s actually less complex than people think. If you were completely fascinated by The Queen’s Gambit last year and suddenly felt inspired to learn the game, you’ve come to the right place. Going forward, we’ve rounded up all types of chess games you might want to play (including some of the best novelty chess games in Australia).

Fun fact for you, there are more moves possible to play at chess than there are grains of sand on all the beaches on earth, plus all the stars in the observable universe. In short, there are loads of moves you can play in any game of chess, so the sky is the limit. It really is a special board game.

There’s a reason this game has been around for so long (read, 1,500 years), so now it seems like the time is right to give it a boost. Check out our pick of the best chess games in Australia below and get ready to say checkmate.

Traditional chess games

Handmade Weigel chess set, $ 169

This chess board is one of those old world designs that really makes you appreciate how special the game is. You can leave it on your coffee table to show your friends how sophisticated you are.

Holdson chess set, $ 32

This black and white checkered board is a classic chess design that honors the original game. Plus, its affordable price makes it an easy way to enter the chess world on a budget.


Wooden chess set, $ 58.99

This classic wooden chess set is small enough to fit compactly in a drawer, but large enough that you can always see what you’re doing, making it the perfect size.

Chess games for beginners

beginner chess game

Miniature chess, $ 15.83

This miniatures game is an excellent introductory board to the world of chess. It includes the iconic black and white checkered board and detailed pieces, as well as an easy-to-follow manual that will help you get started with the game.

Magnetic wooden chess set, $ 49.99

The beauty of this chess board is its compact size and magnetic interior that allows you to flip it up and keep playing. If you like the look and feel of classic wooden chess boards but don’t have the room to store one, this chess board is for you.

Chess games

Magnetic chess, $ 24.95

Since we’re on the subject of magnetic chessboards, this is another great game to consider. Silver and gold coins give it an extravagant look, while its light and compact size makes it another great option for travelers.

Fantasy chess games


Super Mario chess set, $ 112

Mario and Bowser face off again in this version. Each figure is hand painted and extremely detailed, so any Super Mario fan would love to have this one in their collection.

Dragon chess set, $ 458.69

This new chess scene is not based on a TV show or movie, but the chess board itself is a work of art. If you know someone who is a fan of the supernatural world and chess, it brings the two worlds together perfectly.


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