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Official Staunton chess sets rise to prominence as British households turn to traditional board games

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Chess is officially back as the board game classic has seen a phenomenal rise in popularity following the lockdown, with families spending more time at home.

2020 has been a turbulent year for many, but during the UK’s nationwide lockdown, chess sets have become increasingly popular with the board game appealing to couples as well as families – providing them with a fun way to keep mentally active.

Official Staunton, Britain’s leading seller of chess sets for over 20 years, has seen a large increase in orders, and recently launched their summer sale for people looking to get their hands on their latest wooden chess sets including the classic 10”, 14” and 15.75” boards for gameplay at home and on the move.

Some of their famous customers include the Queen and numerous celebrities including pop band Take That. The company has also supplied The Savoy London, TV show The Apprentice and Linley at Belgravia to name but a few.

It’s no secret that chess has a number of health benefits, and provides a way for households to take time off from watching TV to do something that can help boost brain activity, the body’s circulation and mental stimulation within a relaxed setting.

And with our digitally connected world taking up so much of our mental bandwidth, more traditional games can go a long way in helping people stay mentally sharp, while giving them a fun, socially interactive setting to take time out from technology and enjoy the company of others.

Following the government’s strict lockdown and the closure of schools, millions of people across Britain had to stay isolated at home, with entertainment playing a crucial role – especially for families with younger children.

And with this summer’s travel season set to be disrupted with many families choosing to stay home, what better way to have some relaxing fun than to play a round of chess with a loved one or a friend?

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