There are so many different choices available when it comes to chess sets that it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. There are several things to consider before you make your purchase and as with most purchases in life making an informed decision could save you from having to buy another set later down the line. Here are some tips to help you choose a chess set that suits you.
How often will it be it be used?
If you are going to be using it regularly then it is important that your set is durable and good quality. You can buy plastic, wood, metal and brass chess sets. Plastic ones are usually the cheapest but they tend to be practical rather than attractive. Wood sets are elegant and metal and brass sets have a more luxurious feel. Similarly the board needs to be strong and sturdy if you are going to be playing regularly and want it to last for years to come. Boards vary from thick plastic types to heavy stone, polished wood, leather framed styles and you can even buy them built into a table.
Heavier, more luxurious boards are better if the set will be permanently on display while lighter, foldable boards are better if you like to travel with your set. It is usually better value to buy your board and pieces together. However, if you are buying them separately, make sure your pieces fit properly on the board or it will be difficult to play. If in doubt ask the place you are purchasing them from.
Where will you keep it?
If you want to keep your chess set on display, then it is worth buying a board that complements your home. A beautiful chess set can look great as a centre piece for a room, is a fantastic talking point and can signify elegance, class and intelligence. It is also a fun way to socialise with visitors of all ages.
If you don’t have a table to play and keep it on you might want to consider a set with an incorporated table. Similarly if you have pets or small children, who might interfere with it if it is always on display, then you will probably be better off with a set that has a strong case you can easily store away.
Always choose quality
Even if you are on a budget, it is worth buying the best quality set you can find. Sets that are themed or quirky might seem fun for a while but it can often be difficult to differentiate between the pieces. This is fine when they are on display but during a match could get very confusing and even cause arguments. Tournament sets with weighted pieces that are easily identifiable are the best for serious players. Classic designs are timeless and will still look wonderful as fashions change and your home is redecorated. A good quality chess set will last for years and retain an effortless sense of elegance.