What to Look for in a Chess Set

by Geraldo Bowers

For many people it is very difficult for them to know what kind of chess set they want to buy especially if they have never purchased one before. However, hopefully the tips that are provided below will help you find the chess set that you want and enjoy.

1. Let's look at the match board and pieces. Not only is it important to have a well made chess board but the chess pieces themselves should also be well made. Certainly the variety of chess pieces available is enormous and you could just about pretty much well have want you want, but always remember that the board and the pieces should be of the same quality. Always look for chess pieces that will match the chess board and never buy pieces that are too big for a small board or vice versa.

If you are unsure about what style of chess board and chess pieces go together then you can always look at purchasing a board which already has pieces specifically made to complement that particular board.

2. Look at what you can afford. Often people will look for the cheapest product available and purchase it. Yet this is something you should never do when looking for a chess set, but you can of course look for a bargain. Just ensure that what you are buying is good quality. Many people will purchase a good quality chess set rather than something a little cheaper as they will be passing it down from generation to generation and will want to know that it is going to last.

Also by purchasing a higher quality specification set you will soon find that you enjoy the game more. Certainly you will soon notice the difference of playing with a finely crafted chess board and chess pieces, which will last you a life time.

3. Another important thing to consider when looking at purchasing a chess set is what kind you want. Where will it be stored? If for example you are looking to purchase one that will be constantly on show then ensure that the wood matches well. Also how often will you be playing with the chess set? If you are someone who will be playing on a daily basis then it is important that you look for a set that is durable and can take the constant use. Yet if you want a chess set to complement a table or a room then why not consider purchasing one of the more unique sets that available (based on say characters from The Lord of The Rings). However, if you will only be using the chess set when traveling then it may be wise just to invest in a small traveling set. At all times it is important that you remember what exactly the chess set will be for prior to making any purchase.

By following these three simple steps and also relying on your own personal taste hopefully you will find the chess set that will not only suit your playing needs but will be a joy for the rest of your life.

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