How do I choose a Chess Set?

Chess is such a popular board game, it has been around for centuries and is loved by people of all ages. Chess is enjoyed by people of all levels.

There are so many different variations of chess with the most popular version being standard chess. In this blog post, we will cover the different types of chess sets available and how to select the right one for you.

Standard Chess Sets

The standard chess set is the most popular choice amongst avid chess players and beginners alike. A standard set consists of a chessboard with 64 squares and 32 chess pieces. The chessmen are typically made of wood or plastic. Standard chess sets make the perfect choice for beginner chess players or people who want to enjoy the game in a classic setting. This is because the pieces are easy to see as they are usually bold colours and the rules are simple.

When choosing the right chess set, it’s important to take into consideration your skill level and the style of game you wish to play. If you are a beginner, it is probably best to choose a standard chess set. If you are a more experienced player, you may wish to consider a set that is designed for tournament play. Rest assured that there are plenty of chess sets available to choose from, so you are sure to find the perfect one for you.

Tournament Chess Sets

A more challenging chess set would be the tournament chess set. This type of chess set includes a board with 64 squares and 32 pieces, the same as the standard chess set. What makes it different is that the chessmen are typically made of wood and they are usually less brightly colored. Tournament sets are usually made for people who have a lot of experience in playing chess.

To enjoy tournament sets you will be an advanced player with a better understanding of more complex moves such as en passant and casting. En passant is a chess move that can only be made if the opponent moves their pawn two squares instead of one. Casting is when the king or rook is moved two squares instead of one. These moves can be somewhat confusing for beginners, which is why it is important to consider the skill level of the recipient of the board before selecting a chess set. If you are not familiar with these rules and moves, it is probably best to stick with a standard chess set for now. However, if you are looking for a more challenging game, tournament chess sets may be the right choice for you.

What is a Tournament Chess Set?

The average tournament chess set is 21" square with 2 1/4" squares and a King that is 3 3/4" to 4" tall and are usually used for tournament matches.

Travel Chess Sets

You could also consider a travel chess set. This type of set is created for people who want to be able to play chess on the go.Travel chess sets include a board that usually folds in half, making it super easy to transport. It also usually includes much smaller pieces that can be stored inside the board. Good quality travel chess sets will usually have a magnetized base on the bottom of the chess pieces that is covered by felt. This makes it a fantastic option for people who are always on the go. More often than not, this type of chess set is made from wood. 

A travel chess set is a great option to consider for people who want to be able to take their game with them wherever they go.

Now that you know the different types of chess sets and how to choose the right one for you, it is time to get out there and start shopping. With so many options available, you are sure to find the perfect chess set for your needs on our website!

If you still can’t decide which chess set is best suited to you, please chat to one of our online advisors who would be happy to help.