Chess Staging Power

August 21, 2015





Chess sets in staging are not just games, but can provide a special ambiance that is art; art that appears in the form of a game. 


A chess set should be staged to best advantage for emphasizing not only the playing of the game, but to be a statement of an art piece – that helps enhance a room or area of a house.


Rooms that may benefit from the display of a chess set include:


1.  Family Room

2.  Library

3.  Side area of a Living Room

4.  Child's Room

5.  Alcove


The arrangement should be set up to look as though the player's just took a break and are returning at any moment.  Here are three possible chess arrangements:  


1.  The opening position where all the pieces are on the board

2.  The checkmate position - displaying many pieces on the board 

3.  The famous position of an chess champion (e.g., Judit Polgár) - using several pieces on the board


Chess sets should reflect the style of the room and/or house, not be so interesting that they distract a buyer, but add to the ambiance of that area of the house.  Here are a few recommended types of chess board and pieces for displaying when staging:

  •  Wood – traditional

  •  Glass -  modern, minimalist

  •  Metal/Unusual Materials – interesting figurines  

  •  Themed – animals, ships, Elizabethan

  •  3-D – modern, minimalist

  •  Garden – pavers and large pieces for a Secret Garden look  


Setting up a chess board with an interesting arrangement that is ready to play, can help emphasize the flexibility of a room.  The object when staging with chess boards and pieces is to enrich an area and mirror a house’s overall value.



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