A love of chess threads through our life together. Smart and intimate, chess is a way for us to simultaneously celebrate our connection to each other and to confront our individual natures.

Chess is our work and our play; it is our leisure and our growth. We play at home. We play when we are out. We play together and we play with friends. Like love, chess is timeless, and a good game requires only a well-matched partner who wants to play, and a board to play it on.  

We launched POISON PAWN because we felt a personal need for a range of sets for our own use and joy. We wanted to experience chess on boards that felt right, with pieces that were as intentional as the moves we were making with them.

We are exhilarated to share our collection with you.


Rebecca & Seth Makowsky, Founders


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