In the early 90's chess sales was a hobby for us teens. Over time we amassed a wealth of knowledge about the game.
Chess House aims to be a family-friendly online resource you can trust when buying chess for yourself, a loved one, or your organization.
to your home, Raphael Neff
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.
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 mailorder 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.
1994-2003 - Neff brothers In the late 80's,
the Neff brothers discovered chess thanks to their dad and started
competing locally and nationally. As entrepreneurial teens they
discovered a way to help others find chess supplies and eventually
bought their supplier The Chess House relocating it to Washington State.
Initially an educational business project, in 2003 they decided to let
the company serve a larger market worldwide.