How about a Wooden Chess Set?

by Groshan Fabiola

If you have your mind set on buying a chess set, you should know that you are presented with a variety of options and have a wide range of sets to select from. When it comes to purchasing a chess set, you can either opt for a matched chess set along with the pieces, or you can get individual pieces and chessboards. There are a few important aspects that you should keep in mind when buying a chess set. The price of the chess set is one of the aspects to consider. Furthermore, it is advisable that you opt for a durable chess set, so that both you and your future generations be able to enjoy the game. The style of the chess set is not to be overlooked either, especially if you want to pass it on to future generations.

In that case, getting a good quality set that has a definitive style statement is undoubtedly your best option. The quality of the chess set should also be among your concerns. You cannot afford to make any compromise on this particular aspect. Along with the board, the pieces need to be sturdy enough. While selecting chess sets, you should pay close attention to all the pieces, and particularly to the king and knight. You should know that some good quality chess pieces come with an excellent hand carving. As you probably already know, a complete chess set means a chessboard and thirty-two pieces. Each team plays with sixteen pieces, which are placed on sixty-four individual squares.

The price of a chess set can vary considerably. You can opt for a quite inexpensive chess set, which is often of inferior quality, or for a high end but rather pricey one. It is widely believed that wood chess sets are a very good option. Of all chess pieces available on the market, the Staunton chess pieces are said to be the best as far as design goes. The history of the Staunton chess pieces goes all the way back to the year 1849. Ever since their creation, these chess pieces have been considered standard pieces, and they are currently used all over the world. Staunton style includes different types of wood chess sets that are made of sheesham or rosewood - the most commonly used material for a wood chess set.

Many chess lovers choose a wood chess set over other types of chess sets for its natural style and weight. When it comes to popularity, a wood chess set made of rosewood is the most popular among chess lovers. The reason seems to be the beauty that glows through the streaks along with the grain. This type of wood chess set often comes with a combination of brownish-red color, but is also available in different other shades. Once you have played with a wood chess set made of rosewood, you can instantly feel the difference. The wood chess pieces are heavier.

Another material used to create a wood chess set is sheesham wood and these types of sets are thought to be very long lasting. The types of wood chess sets mentioned above are not your only options. You can also opt for an ebony chess set, whose main advantage is that it can be polished easily. However, making an ebony chess set is a rather painstaking task, which is why such sets are a bit more expensive. Still, an ebony wood chess set is certainly worth investing in, as it is one of the most durable, long lasting and good-looking chess sets.