Tournament Chess Set Manufacturer, The House of Staunton, Talks about the First-Ever Chess Uniform

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Dec. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Wood chess board distributor, The House of Staunton, discusses the chess uniform project and shares their excitement for the endeavor. 

Chess is one of the few sports without an official uniform, despite the fact that over 600 million people play the game worldwide. An initiative to remedy this was recently launched in St. Louis. 

The St. Louis location for the chess project was perfect. St. Louis has become a respected chess center and the city has a long and rich history in the fashion industry.

The challenge to design a uniform united two aspects of the city's culture—chess and fashion. 

The House of Staunton, an official equipment provider for chess programs such as those in St. Louis, was proud to see the city benefit from this project. The respected chess company was excited to see what the uniforms would look like. Because chess requires tremendous endurance, the uniforms will need to be practical as well as aesthetically pleasing.

Six designers participated in the project. Each was paired with a chess grandmaster. Together, the pairs discussed concepts and functionality. Although only one designer won the challenge to create a chess uniform, all of the designs increased excitement for the sport, and brought the importance of a chess uniform to the forefront of peoples' minds. 

Chess is an exciting sport and now there's the potential to recognize that in the formation of an official uniform. The question becomes: will each player want to sport their own uniform or will a tournaments provide a tournament-specific uniform all players will wear? 

Shawn Sullivan, Managing Director at The House of Staunton, said: "It's an exciting time for chess. Many sports allow fans to purchase uniforms with the numbers of their favorite players. It will be really fun to see how the sport of chess handles the concept of uniforms. Of course, we hope that fans and chess enthusiasts at all levels get a chance to participate in the excitement."

About The House of Staunton: The House of Staunton is an American locally owned and operated small business. For over 27 years, they have manufactured the world's finest chess equipment. They sell a wide variety of chess sets, chess boards, and chess boxes, and are the equipment provider for top chess tournaments worldwide. Their chess sets are featured in numerous movies and television shows as well as on book covers and in print ads.

Media Contact: Shawn P. Sullivan, The House of Staunton, Inc., 256.858.8070,

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