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                                        Welcome to The Chess Empire & Amritsar Ivory Works Company.

                                                                    (History of our Company)


We The Chess Empire With almost over 60 years of experience in the chess industry, the company is leading to achieve the expertise of constant perfection in designing and the finest craftsmanship by offering the best quality chess products worldwide. Our valuable asset of experience in chess manufacturing from the last three generations has made us capable of understanding the selection of best quality woods and choosing the right equipment to manufacture the world’s best elegant chess pieces. We have the most experienced master craftsmen in our factories with a great Knowledge of hand-craftsmanship.  A long learning period has taught us to design the most exclusive chess sets which are beyond someone's imagination.



Amritsar Ivory Works came into existence with the motive to manufacture Ivory Lamps, Statues and Ivory Chess set under the leadership of Mr. Shiv Dyal Sharma in 1962. After a few years, the company was inherited by Mr. Rajesh Sharma (son of Mr. Shiv Dyal Sharma)Who was an Athlete and national volleyball player of volleyball. With his understanding and zeal for doing wonders in sports products; he started designing revolutionary designs in chess products in the wood after the total ban on Ivory in his younger age and started selling it to many exporters in India. After a long span of struggle, Mr. Rajesh Sharma came into contact with Mr. Dennis Peterson, Owner of Legend Products, the USA in 1991-1992. Mr. Dennis was very much impressed to see the quality of splendid craftsmanship by Amritsar Ivory Works under the guidance of Mr. Rajesh Sharma. Then both companies introduced Pioneer Series and Monarch Series in the chess market, which became a huge success with good sales of chess sets, produced in Boxwood/Ebony and it was a well-deserved recognized step in the international market of the chess industry.

In 1994, Rajesh Sharma and Frank A. Camarrata, Jr (The House of Staunton, USA) collaborated to bring another revolution in the history of the chess industry. Frank A. Camarrat was in deep thought when he was facing many unsuccessful attempts made by many other chess manufacturers and suppliers for designing the Collector Series chess set. But once Rajesh Sharma showed his workmanship on the collector chess set design, Frank Camarrata was mesmerized with the outcome of the perfection by the Rajesh Sharma (Amritsar Ivory Works).  HOS immediately started working mainly with Amritsar Ivory Works. Rajesh Sharma introduced and made hundreds of his creations in exclusive chess set designs in various sizes and wood combinations like Sultan Series, Sheffield Series, Empire Series, Centurion Series, Classic Staunton, Morphy Series, Player Series, Professional Series and much more continuously.

In 2000, John Jaques of  London contacted Amritsar Ivory Works Rajesh Sharma to produce ,1849 Series ,Morphy Series and 49000 Series in 4.4” and 4” chess sets in Boxwood/Ebony. Amritsar Ivory Works again attempted its grandeur in the workmanship in good numbers and the quality of workmanship which was highly appreciated by Jaques Of London. It was a proud moment and a big achievement for AIW. The company continued taking the regular orders from Jaques of London, House of Staunton and many more new companies.

Mr. Rajesh Sharma, due to some health issues got retired in 2008 from active Business and now his two sons; Gaurav Sharma & Rishi Sharma (Third Generation of the family) took over the job of handling all the business affairs Including designing and creating the best craftsmanship on the finest-crafted chess products. They have introduced several designs like The Alexander Stallion, Victoria Castle Series, The Kohinoor Series, Saint John Series, Cambridge Series and many others on the Row under the Brand Name The Chess Empire . The Chess Empire is also making all the reproductions for Jaques Of London. (The established and worldwide reputed chess company in the chess industry ).



The Chess Empire has introduced numerous authenticated, self-created and popular chess sets in various exotic woods in different sizes and designs developed by dedicated and experienced craftsmen under the leadership of the third generation with a promising approach to provide only the exceptional chess products in the chess market. We have achieved our reputation by selling rich quality chess sets, chess pieces, chess tables, travelling chess sets, bone chess pieces, artistic chess pieces, luxury wood chess boards, golden prestige collection, checkers set, chess accessories and backgammon sets. We warmly welcome you to discover the countless designs.

The Chess Empire factories are situated at 3248, Dhapai Road, Amritsar, (143001) Punjab (India) with a dedicated team of master craftsmen and artisans operating since 1962. We are offering exclusive and exquisite chess sets and equipment in the chess market since its inception. This battle of black and whites is played all across the globe of the royal board game with keen interest and we are proud and deeply privileged to be the provider of accessories/equipment.


The Chess Empire brings you the world’s finest Chess creations authentically manufactured in a clean and healthy atmosphere for our workers; where we provide them free accommodation, electricity, clean water, medical facilities and 24x7 support. Our master craftsmen are like the member of our family and many of them are working with us for more than 30 years and we produce the best chess sets of the world in such wealthy condition for all the chess lovers where we use only skilled workers and no child labor or sweatshop labor. We are persistently providing a varied range of different Staunton chess sets, historic and timeless antique chess designs to all chess stores and companies of USA, Europe, UK and Australia with its splendid quality of manufacturing and designing skill since 1962.

The Endeavour of excellence by The Chess Empire welcomes and adores the presence of all chess lovers, Chess collectors who now can have an opportunity to explore the exclusively designed chess products directly from manufacturer with the assurance of choicest workmanship and affordable prices with prompt services comes with original authenticated Certificate of quality .If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Email: info@thechessempire.com



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