Chess Staging Power
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
3. Side area of a Living Room
4. Child's Room
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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