Essentially the chessboard is the same as the board used to play English draughts or American checkers, although the in play the chessboard is laid in a different orientation from draughts in that the board is placed between the opposing players with a white square in the bottom right hand corner.
Novices making their opening moves in acquiring a chess set can feel similarly daunted, considering all the options: miniature travel-friendly versions (often with magnetic pieces and roll-up boards); wooden boards of various sizes and grains, not to mention precious-stone and marble ones; elaborate ornamental and memorabilia sets with themes ranging from the Battle of Waterloo to “Star Trek.” Battle pieces come in plastic, wood, metal and a wealth of rare and exotic materials. Forty-thousand-year-old Woolly Mammoth ivory, anyone?
Yes, that’s a good set. Usually you would substitute the rosewood for the ebony for Black instead of for the White, but if it works for you, it’s cool. They are well-made, well-weighted, and from a respected dealer.
You can get creative here and alternate the color for each side of the board cherry, maple cherry maple… I decided to go with the maple on all sides. These are glued on each side and mitered with one another at the corners.
Level the playing field. House of Staunton’s Mr. Sullivan suggested that novices begin with a quality roll-up board, which are often used in tournaments, then trade up to a more conventional wooden model. Roll-up sets are lightweight, portable and affordable (as low as $5). “And if you drop it, throw it or even spill on it, it’ll still be perfectly functional,” he said.
I bought this for a person who is disabled and is assisted by people in a team, and it is perfect. The idea was that the board could be placed in front of the person so he could look at the board and when he was in need of the space around him, the…
Teachers and coaches will find that a wall-hanging demonstration chess board provides that needed visibility to an entire class of students. These “demo” boards are vinyl and rollup in a similar way to club style boards. This makes the demo board conveniently portable should you need to take it to multiple classrooms.
We stock one of the biggest and best selections of chess boards for sale in the UK. We buy only from high quality suppliers based in Europe including Italfama and RECHAPADOS FERRER S.A. Our boards start at just £32.00 and stretch to over two hundred pounds for our supreme quality luxury lacquered boards. Unlike other retailers we stock a complete range of sizes of most of our boards. You can select the size you require at the time of ordering. It’s worth noting that none of our wooden chess boards are sourced from the far east where quality is as low as the prices. We only source them from approved European suppliers who guarantee us the best quality.
Below you’ll find many chess piece designs and styles including wood, plastic, marble, metal, and more. A fine set of chess pieces will be treasured for years and you can give your chess set a completely new look by swapping multiple styles with a chessboard you already own.
I have been burned twice in buying chess sets from less than reputable dealers. These “chess experts” claim they are selling the best thing since cream cheese, and then send me a set with uneven weights, miscolored pieces and overall bad workmanship. My biggest and most annoying experience has been with weights 1/2 popping out of the bottom of pieces, so they sit unevenly on the board. In other words, the bottoms are not 100% flat with the weight. Is this common amongst Staunton sets? I am guessing this is just a sign of bad workmanship.
Wood chess boards are the accessory of choice for many serious players. There are so many reasons to love this timeless material. Wood can be very strong and durable. It also tends to be less costly compared to similar alternatives. The best part is that wood offers nearly limitless customization options, which is made obvious by our stunning selection of the finest wooden boards.
E.V. from CA writes, “I’ve just received my chess men : they are absolutely astonishing! I knew from the pictures that they were beautiful but they are much than this: they’re real masterpieces!”