Need more tips in choosing chess set? Worry not. Below are other tips that will surely help you find the right chess set.
Tips #1: Durability
Durability is important. Especially, if you plan to play with it a lot. A plastic chess set should be durable and nice for years of play. On the other hand, wood pieces usually are more susceptible to chips and scratches that are clearly visible compared to the plastic ones. Here, however, it is a matter of personal preference and budget. You can buy the more expensive chess sets made from wood that look nicer. Keep in mind that due to their detailed design, the expensive sets will not be ideal to beating as they have more fine edges that can be damaged.
Tips #2: The right board
In the world of tournament chess equipment, there are a few different boards that you can choose. They are a folding wood board, a one-piece wood board, and a vinyl rolflex board.
If you are on the go and want a board that is easy to carry, you will want to go with a vinyl board. It is cheap, light and portable. In terms of appearance, they are not the most attractive boards, though.
The one-piece wood board is the least portable. It is the best choice if you plan to play mostly at home and don’t need to take the set anywhere. It is very attractive as it is made from wood. Also, it doesn’t have an unsightly line through the middle.
On the other hand, if you want a compromise, you can choose the folding wood board. It has the look of a wood board yet it is portable. While it may not as portable as the vinyl does, it is a lot more portable than the one-piece board.