Civil War Chess - History Through a Chess Game

by John Skelly

A chess game is a war based game played on a board. The object of this game is, as a famous American Grandmaster Bobby Fischer said, "to crush the mind of your opponent". Chess is a game of patience and when a war between two opponents starts it can take hours for it to be finished. Just as in a real war, concentration and strategy are of utmost importance.

With so much resemblance to a real war, the design of traditional chess sets has evolved into a variety of theme designs.Playing a theme chess game, for instance civil war chess, can be much more fun than playing chess with traditionally designed pieces.

The Great War, which occurred between the Southern and Northern states, was an inspiration for the civil war chess sets found on the market today. Many chess enthusiasts and fans have this particular chess set in favor, not only because of the overall war theme but also because of their love for American history.

The well-known conflict between the South's Confederate Army and the North's Federal Troops resulted in many famous battles with many lives lost. By playing on a civil war chess set, you will feel as if you are right there on the field, planning and developing tactics for a perfect strike. You will be in war and the outcome of your game will be dependent upon your skills, strategies and tactics.

There are many variations of civil war chess sets and the design of the pieces can be really astonishing. Hand painted pieces filled with details can really contribute to the overall feeling one gets while playing a game of chess. Civil war chess sets come in a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and oxo-teak. Civil war chess sets can be found in many different sizes as well, and when it comes to the price, it will vary depending on the quality and detail of the pieces.

There is such high demand for civil war chess sets and so few suppliers, it can sometimes be difficult to find one. Although this translates into higher prices, the collectable factor can serve to minimize the price issue, especially for older or vintage sets that are in good condition. This has spurred a collectors market where sets are purchased purely for their historic or aesthetic attributes. If you're in the market for a collectable civil war chess set, simply input the search term into your favorite search engine, and you'll find a plethora of sources that you can tap into.

Playing chess is fun and it requires a lot of patience and concentration. Playing a theme chess game can bring more fun to both players since this kind of chess will not only test your abilities, but it will also inspire imagination.