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Lloyd D - I have ordered from Chesshouse many times and the experience has always been good - that's why I continue coming back.

Morris - Love Chess House! Great products and service. Very professional and personal. Highly recommended.

Richard - I found the ordering process extremely easy to use and the delivery speed was amazing! They actually shipped within about an hour after I placed my order. After receiving the product, I had a service question and the response was also quick and helpful. I'll definitely be purchasing again from ChessHouse!

I recall that first wooden chess set dad bought for us kids. It fueled creativity, kept us exploring, and even out of trouble.

To afford the chess learning supplies, we bought an extra box of books to resell to our friends.

This hobby of selling chess stuff grew when us brothers acquired a small mail order company, Chess House, in 1994.

We knew nothing about business. But we loved the game and treating people unconditionally well.

These same principles are what we live out today while delivering happiness to homes, schools, and businesses worldwide.

What could be more fun than
encouraging character and critical thinking and watching families thrive by keeping quality conversations alive.

Raphael Neff
Owner CEO

Chess House before 1994

The name Chess House comes from a small mail order company that existed in Kansas City before the Neff brothers of Lynden, WA relocated it.

In honor of it's history, here is the story.

1979-94 - Don Oswald
Donald Lynn Oswald was born January 12, 1934, in Ottawa, Kansas, graduated from Princeton High School in 1952, and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1957. In January of 1979, Don Oswald bought The Chess House from Jack Winters. Don increased the company's subscriber list from 1000 to 8000 in his 15 years of operation while keeping in personal contact with many of his customers who became good friends. In Don's hands, The Chess House began to be recognized as a growing mail order chess company. He operated Chess House in Kansas until his death in 1994. Don also graduated from the Manhattan Bible College in Kansas, pastored several Christian churches in Eastern Kansas for several years, and held multiple teaching positions. Don was widely recognized for his directing of numerous chess tournaments in the area for years, and was responsible for teaching and instructing chess to countless numbers of people through the years. He was a member of the US Chess Federation and served as a Senior Affiliate Tournament Director for many years.

Don Oswald
1972-79 - Jack Winters
Jack B. Winters opened the Chess House in 1972, just in time for the world championship Fisher-Spassky match. Jack owned and operated the Chess House at 39th & Main and 74th & Broadway for seven years. He was once the highest rated player (USCF) in Missouri, and on one occasion played world chess champion, Bobby Fisher, to a draw. He sold the business to Don Oswald in 1979.

Jack B Winters

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