It has been quite a while since we've seen a chess set. But now, without any warning, LEGO has released one on Shop@Home.
The LEGO Kingdoms Chess Set contains 328 pieces, 32 minifigures, and costs $49.99. A good deal considering the older chess sets cost the same amount when they only contained minifigs and a board, while this one contains a board holder.
I personally think this may have been a bad idea. LEGO games have never really been that popular in the first place, and to make one based on a theme that is no longer making sets, to me, seems like a mistake. But it's The LEGO Group's decision.