Giant Chess and Draughts
A "larger than life" chess or draughts set will attract crowds and bring a new dimension to any recreation area or garden. Giant chess is eye-catching but is also designed to be played.
Garden Giant chess is brilliant for garden parties or for two 'Grand Masters' who want to sit in the sun with a glass of wine and have the kids move the pieces for them whilst teaching them the game!
See also: Comparison of Giant Chess Pieces.
Giant Chess & Draughts
Our largest sets of giant Chess and Draughts pieces for boards from 3m - 4.5m. The King is about 2 feet (60cm) high but can be increased to 4 feet high with our extender sets! Compare various sizes and styles of Giant Chess sets with our Giant Chess Comparison page.The plastic pieces are made from a very strong and durable PVC material that is UV protected and completely waterproof.
Mini-Giant / Garden Chess & Draughts
These are not quite so Giant but still much larger than a normal set. The Mini-Giant Chess King is about 1 foot high. Boards are typically 1.5m - 2.5m square.
The Origin of Giant Chess
Chess has come a long way since the invention of the 4 player game played with dice called Shaturanga. The elephants and boatmen are gone as are the dice that originally gave the game a random (and probably a gambling) element. Since it's introduction to Western Europe in the early 2nd millenia, people have been tinkering with the style and shape of the pieces and that continues to this day.
Although individuals had made large chess sets from stone, wood and marble in the past, it was the German manufacturer Rolly in the twentieth Century who first started to mass-produce the game in a giant form using sun-proof hollow plastic pieces. Other manufacturers such as Uber Games, Garden Games and Jaques have all attempted to produce their own versions of Giant Chess and the concept remains popular due to the visually impressive impact that any Giant Chess set induces.
You can learn more about the History of Chess from the Online Guide to Traditional Games.