"Romantic Chess" was the predominant chess playing style from late 15th century to the 1880s. Which emphasised more on quick, tactical manoeuvres rather than long-term strategic planning. In this period there were a number of notable players, especially Howard Staunton who dominated the game in the 1840s. Following on from this period was the Scientific, Hypermodern and New Dynamism eras.
Chess remains a highly popular pastime among the general population to this day. A 2012 World Chess Federation survey found that "chess players now make up one of the largest communities in the world: 605 million adults play chess regularly". Chess is played at least once a year by 12% of British people, 15% of Americans, 23% of Germans, 43% of Russians, and 70% of Indian people.
Here at Greene & Greene Antiques, we are avid collectors of all chess and board game sets and pieces. Image below is a 1930s Staunton chess set in boxwood, in mint condition. Please view our Chess & Board Games section under our shop banner to see a range of items we have in stock, or other wise come and visit us in store as we always carry a selection of interesting objects for the mad collector.