This week, Netflix confirmed that The Queen's Gambit had broken its limited series streaming records, with 62 million households pressing play during its first 28 days on the platform. Not only is the series breaking Netflix records, but it's also causing chess sales to skyrocket. eBay reported that searches for boards on its site are up by 250% since the series launched.

As well as serving some serious ‘60s looks, The Queen's Gambit seems to be the only show people are talking about right now. And with a lockdown holiday approaching, both the producers of the show and producers of chess sets of any sort will be thanking their lucky stars that we'll likely all be succumbing to the perfect storm of quarantine boredom and a new-found urge to play chess.

While muttering “checkmate” is a flex in itself, we’re hoping to beat our challengers on a board that we’re proud of. So, covering design from Keith Haring to a Man Ray-inspired board, these are the best chess sets around. Make sure your chosen battlefield is one you’re fond of because, if you’re like us, you might be looking at it for quite a long time over the coming month or so.

Keep scrolling to browse our favorite chess sets.

MoMA Two-In-One Chess & Checkers Board

Two-In-One Chess & Checkers Set

Two-In-One Chess & Checkers Set

$55

MoMA

Free Domestic Shipping & Return

Free Domestic Shipping & Return

Buy at Nordstrom

This one is a beauty to look at and proves chess boards don't have to be boring. Designed by Panisa Khunprasert and inspired by her family's toy business in Thailand.

Pendleton Roll-Up Chess & Checkers Board

Roll-Up Chess And Checkers Set

$35

Pendleton

Buy One, Get One 50% Off

Buy One, Get One 50% Off

Buy at Urban Outfitters

This chess set by Pendleton can be quickly rolled up and transported with you when you travel. If you can, that is. Anyway, it's cool.

Skyline Chess London Metal & Wood Chess Set

London Metal and Wood Chess Set

London Metal and Wood Chess Set

$520

Skyline Chess

Free Delivery On All Orders

Free Delivery On All Orders

Buy at Mr. Porter

London's varied skyline forms the pieces of this set while the Thames snakes across the middle of the board. With townhouses as the pawns and skyscrapers playing the more important roles, this set embodies the UK capital's architecture. Queue evil laugh as you play god and move the London Eye around.

William & Son Reversible Leather Backgammon & Chess Board

Reversible Leather Backgammon and Chess Board

$1185

William & Son

Free Delivery On All Orders

Free Delivery On All Orders

Buy at Mr. Porter

William & Son coat a reversible backgammon and chessboard with leather and a smooth, gray-tone color palette to round out a strong, Art Deco style. Flat pieces work for both games and mean that this one's easy to pack away when not in use.

Keith Haring Chess Set

Chess Set

$46

Keith Haring

Buy at MoMA Design Store

The late, legendary Keith Haring honed his style from the simplicity of street-art. One of the most recognizable hands in modern art, his figures make the perfect substitute for the classic chess set up. It might take you a little while to get used to what’s what but once you have, this is one of the best-looking boards around — so good, in fact, that even when you’re not playing it should be on display.

Ian Flood and Chris Prosser NYC Skyline Chess Set

NYC Skyline Chess Set

$163

Ian Flood and Chris Prosser

Buy at MoMA Design Store

Who doesn’t love New York? This clean chess set from Ian Flood and Chris Prosser celebrates the spiky realness of the Big Apple’s unmistakable skyline from the Guggenheim to the Empire State Building. Perhaps not a great choice for those with small children but then again, which chess set is?

Man Ray Chess Pieces

Chess Pieces

Chess Pieces

$519

Man Ray

Buy at MoMA Design Store

Dada icon Man Ray created this classic chess set with objects he found around his Paris studio. From simple spherical pawns to a flowing violin finial, this wooden chess set epitomizes the resourceful, highly original approach that made Man Ray such a seminal figure in 20th-century art.

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