Carmelo Miceli
Carmelo Miceli

Carmelo Miceli has been fascinated by chess from a young age. In 2003, he decided to take this passion and use it to develop his business Official Staunton, a business dedicated to providing the highest quality chess sets. As an expert in the field, he knows a thing or two about what makes a good chess set and has recently revealed his top tips for finding the best one for you, no matter your skill level.

Miceli’s idea for his business stemmed from the desire to reproduce the classic Staunton chess sets from the 1900s. A popular and intricately designed style, he wanted to provide a range of them to chess players with an appreciation for the beauty of the set. To build upon what had been produced in the 1900s, however, Miceli made it his mission to raise the standard of quality. Official Staunton continuously innovate and push the boundaries, using only the highest quality luxury materials to create their chess sets. The handcrafted wooden knight is the standout feature and adds a highly desirable element to the sets. Appreciating that chess sets are often made by hand adds to the value of them as an item to own.

While the quality of a chess set is evidently important and can set genuinely good chess sets apart from others, there are other factors that determine a chess set to be ideal. Miceli prioritises the Staunton design, as is obvious by his business’ name, and believes that paying attention to the design and ensuring that it is a well done production of it is important. Another important feature of a chess board is that it is core weighted. This prevents the pieces from falling all over the place and will allow you to play a more sturdy game. The final piece of advice that Miceli gives when looking for a chess board is to check that the materials used to make it are of high quality. The timbers used to make a wooden chess set can make a huge difference between a good quality set and a poorer quality set.

The commitment that Carmelo Miceli demonstrates to consistently improving the quality of the chess sets sold at Official Staunton is part of the reason that the business has become so popular. For Christmas gifts, corporate gifts, or more, the delicately crafted chess sets are a memorable choice. For those who appreciate the game of chess and the equipment needed to play it, a high quality chess set is something that they are sure to treasure. Particularly if they are a collector of luxury chess sets, Offical Staunton has an impressive range thanks to the dedication of Carmelo Miceli.