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Best chess sets 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2020
Best chess sets of 2018
The above tidbits will bring you closer to selecting chess sets that best serves your needs and as per your budget. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your comfort, style, or accessibility, we have picks to fit a variety of needs and budgets.
Below you can find 3 reviews of the best chess sets to buy in 2018, which I have picked after the deep market research. I must say I am quite a fan of chess sets, so when the question “What are the best chess sets available on the market?” came to my mind, I excitedly started gathering information together with personal experience to write this article in the hope that it may help you find the suitable chess sets.
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№1 – Wooden Chess Set: Universal Standard Wooden Chess Board Game Set – Handcrafted Wood Game Pieces
Why did this chess sets win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days.
Why did this chess sets come in second place?
The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.
№3 – L2073DR Dal Rossi Italy Chess Set With Metal / Marble Finish Pieces on Walnut Finish Chess Box 16” with compartments
Why did this chess sets take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers.
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Large Metal Renaissance Chess Pieces
This stately chess piece set certainly has a commanding presence on any game board. Each of These Large Metal Renaissance Chess Pieces is modeled after Monarchs of the Renaissance era, cast in solid metal. They have a large size and heavy weight befitting of their stately nature, for example, the King stands robust ½ inches tall. This chess Pieces set is recommended for use on chess boards with inch squares or larger.
Large Metal Renaissance Chess Set.
These chess figures are definitely a collector’s item. The design of The Anglo-Indian Luxury Chess Board Pieces is believed to have been pioneered by English artisan Thomas Lund in the early 1800s, and it has been popular among collectors ever since. Each beautifully detailed piece is hand carved out of camel bone by a master craftsman. This is a dying artform with the maker of this fine set being one of the last remaining true masters of the craft. Because of this, there are only a limited number of sets for sale that will be made before the technique dies out forever. With that perspective, The Lund Anglo-Indian Bone Chess Piece Set is an amazing find.
The Lund Anglo-Indian Reproduction Luxury Bone Chess Pieces – 4.75″ King.
The Lund Angelo-Indian Reproduction Luxury Bone Chess Pieces are available in two colorways, bone white and red or bone white and orange. This set is very fairly priced for the level of quality and craftsmanship that you receive. If you’re interested in this hand carved chess pieces set, we recommend buying now while you can get an amazing deal on it.
The DGT FIDE Chess Pieces.
The Killarney Series Luxury Chess Pieces – 4.875″ King. Designed by the artist Frank Camaratta.
The original Killarney chess pieces upon which these are based were turned from Arbutus and Yew woods. The Killarney pattern is an almost forgotten style of chess piece that up until recently had fallen into fable. Luckily, the craftsmen were able to bring it back with This Accurate Reproduction, but only for a limited run. The rarity and historical significance of the Killarney style makes this set a great collectible chess piece.
The Killarney Series Luxury Chess Pieces.
This beautiful set of hand carved chess pieces offers a stunning amount of detail in each carefully crafted figure. The Savano Series Artisan Chess Board Pieces are available in two colors- natural boxwood and genuine ebony, which is a classic black and white look, or natural boxwood and blood rosewood, which makes the black pieces more of a deep red brown color. Both are stunning. The Savano Series Artisan Chess Set Pieces also comes with a chess box, and you can choose from maple, mahogany, or red burl for that.
The Magnificent Chess Pieces
The Magnificent Chess Pieces are so named for a reason. The Magnificent Chess Pieces are the ultimate in luxury chess pieces. They are made of gold and silver plated 24kt brass and maple and walnut woods. They come in two styles- one with the wood parts dipped in gold and silver paint to create a unique marbled finish, and the other with the wood left natural. The Magnificent Chess Pieces are handmade by Italian artists and, with a inch tall King, this set definitely commands attention.
The pieces are recognizably modeled after the Staunton pattern, but take significant departures from it as well. The stylistic choices as well as the bright finishes make this a great set for a modern aesthetic.
The Magnificent Chess Pieces are so gorgeous you may not even want to play with them! While they would certainly look good as a decorative piece sitting out on a nice chess table, they are durable enough to stand up to years of use. This set makes for a great compromise between the recognizability of standard chess figures and a sleek, modern design.
The Magnificent Chess Pieces Solid Brass & Wood.
This is a high end, luxury chess set that is a very popular choice for chess players who want to own a quality set of chess pieces. It is made of ebony and natural boxwood, polished to a perfect shiny finish.
The Camelot Series Artisan Chess Pieces are heavily weighted and finished with a billiard cloth bottom to protect your play surface from scratches. One feature of the weighting system in this set is that each of the pieces are weighted according to their importance, meaning that the King and Queen weigh a lot more than the pawns do. That’s a really neat idea and the attention to detail is what makes this such a great, high end chess set.
The Camelot Series Artisan Chess Pieces are styled after the Staunton pattern, but the artist has put a little twist on it, adding additional details and making each piece pop while still being part of a harmonious whole. Each set comes with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer, along with an engraved registered plaque. Overall, The Camelot Series Artisan Chess Pieces Set is one of the best, highest quality sets of chess pieces for sale on the market in 2018.
The Camelot Series Artisan Chess Pieces.
The Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Luxury Chess Pieces – 4.4″ King.
The natural weight of the ivory means that it is perfectly balanced without the needed for added artificial weights. Both Sets of Pieces are made of solid ivory, with the black pieces being finished with a dark lacquer to provide the perfect amount of visual contrast. This is a Staunton pattern chess set that comes with a free chess box and a certificate of authenticity to prove that it is indeed made from ivory harvested from fossilized wooly mammoths in the depths of the Siberian Tundra. It is an already extremely rare commodity as you may imagine, and only 1% of the ivory collected is of high enough quality to be made into chessmen, making it even rarer still. Because of the extremely limited supply of wooly mammoth ivory available that is growing smaller all the time, we recommend you buy This Ivory Chess Pieces Set sooner rather than later.
These Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Luxury Chess Pieces Set offers buyers a unique opportunity to own an ivory chess set without contributing to cruelty toward elephants and walruses who are regularly poached for their tusks. Wooly mammoth ivory can be considered the only cruelty-free type available for sale in 201But once again you will have to act quickly, because there is a possibility the US may soon ban the trade of ivory to protect endangered animals, and mammoth ivory may not be expressly excluded from that ban.
The Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Luxury Chess Pieces.
The Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Luxury Chess Pieces.
Chess pieces are available in all sizes to accommodate all sizes of chessboards. Most sets will have a recommended board size that acts as a guideline for the buyer. If you already have a chessboard that you intend to use with your New Chess Piece Set, rather than buying a new one that matches the set, make sure to measure the squares of that board and follow the manufacturer’s recommendation. If you have a chessboard with 1.inch squares, don’t buy a chess piece set recommended for boards with 2.inch squares. That is a recipe for disappointment and an extremely cramped chessboard during games, if you’re even able to play at all. You may be able to get away with a difference of half an inch or so, but it’s always best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations as closely as possible. If you don’t, you may find yourself unexpectedly shelling out for a new, appropriately sized chessboard to accommodate your new Chess Pieces. It will save you money in the long run to Buy Chess Pieces that fit with your current chessboard, or to buy a chess piece bundle that includes its own matching chessboard.
There is an almost infinite variety when it comes to chess piece styles. Of course the most popular and recognizable is the Staunton style, but on this list alone, we’ve seen sets themed around surfing, Medieval monarchs, and Civil War figures. That’s not even scratching the tip of the iceberg! Whatever your style is, whether it be traditional, modern, simplistic, futuristic, or anything in between, there is a Chess Piece Set out there for you, we guarantee it. Just make sure to consider when you’re buying a chess set that’s more “out there,” many people won’t be able to immediately recognize each piece as they would with a more standard set. Consider whether that presents a problem for you, for example if you regularly play with friends or students. These Unique Sets are also typically not allowed in competitive play, so if you plan to enter any competitions, make sure you at least have a “normal” set on hand.
Chess Board Pieces are available in all manner of materials, from ancient mammoth ivory to natural stone to plastic. Each material has its own unique look and list of pros and cons, so just pick the one that you’re most drawn to. Plastic sets are cheap and durable, but often lacking in sophistication, detail, and elegance. Marble sets are gorgeous and luxurious, but sometimes improperly weighted and difficult to play seriously with. Wood sets are traditional and elegant, but some require special care. Our advice is to find a set you like and take into account its material, rather than decided on a material first and going from there. You’ll miss out on a lot of Great Chess Sets that way, and material often doesn’t make as much difference as other design factors like how well it’s designed, weighted, and manufactured.
We recommend choosing a chess piece set that is weighted for balance, either naturally or artificially. For regular play, weighted sets are best. Most chess pieces are weighted with lead discs tucked inside the base of each piece, though some employ more unique weighting systems, such as a decorative brass disc affixed to the bottom of each piece. Other materials, like marble, are naturally well balanced and often do not require additional artificial weighting. The best way to test out the weight of Chess Pieces is to find them in a physical store and handle them, or find someone who owns them and would let you check them out. Then, you can buy with confidence online.
That’s really all there is to it! The main things you’ll need to consider when choosing New Chess Board Pieces if the frequency with which they’ll be used and the level of care they’ll be treated to. Knowing this, you can find a durable or delicate, low maintenance, or precious set according to your needs. Just be honest with yourself and you’ll be able to find something that suits your needs.
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You’d have a hard time playing a game of chess without any chessmen. That’s why every chess set comes with a set of chess pieces. Most of them are modelled after the traditional Staunton pattern, which is the most widely recognized style for chess pieces and also the only one accepted in tournament play. If you prefer something more whimsical, though, there are unique Chess Sets out there with themed chess pieces.
Black & White Wood And Metal Chess Set
The chess box is lined with green billiard cloth to keep your pieces protected. It has a divided interior with two separate compartments, brass quadrant hinges, and a lock and key. The House of Staunton logo is laser engraved onto the lid of the chess box.
Pick chess pieces with ample weight.
This makes them less likely to topple over when your fingers brush against them. However, if you do manage to get lightweight pieces because you like the look, you can always glue washers to the base of the pieces and then cover them up with felt.
Just because you don’t want plastic chessmen and a vinyl board doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. This is a very affordable chess set that offers a lot of value for your money. It also has features that make it a nice set for travel.
What To Consider When Shopping
Materials: The most common sets are made of either glass or wood. You can also find sets made of plastic, marble and other materials. Determine what you want yours to be made of and narrow down your options to just that. We advise that you choose something that is durable, such as a good wooden chess set, especially if you have children or pets in the home who might bump into it.
Where will you play?: If you want to be able to travel with your game, then you need either a travel chess set or a portable set that comes in a tin. Otherwise, you can choose a normal set. However, some normal sets come in a fold-up case while others come in a box or are meant to be left out on a table.
Size: Like most games, you can find chess sets in a variety of sizes. From small travel size models to larger table-size models, you should be able to find something that fits the available space you have for game play.
Other Things To Consider
How many queens come with the set? While you only need two queens, some sets come with four to make game play easier. Such a set may appeal to you if you are a more serious player.
Should you buy more than one set? If you expect to do a lot of playing, then it probably makes sense to have more than one set. For instance, you may want a tournament set and a folding wooden set that you can take with you when you travel.
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24th January 2018In Katwe, Uganda, two children sit restlessly on a bench, watching their peers play a game of football. Their coach, Robert Katende, spots their reticence, and offers them an alternative. “There is another game you can play.” he suggests. He refers to a board-game – chess. At first, the boys scoff at the suggestion – they’re not interested. That is until Katende describes an anecdote in which he defeated his more privileged peers at university.
Instructional Chess Sets
As the name implies, these sets are instructional in nature and made to accommodate a range of skill levels. A teaching booklet and other instructional aides are typically provided to help you remember how the pieces move; sometimes simple instructions are even printed on the bases of the pieces themselves. These sets vary in size, the materials used, as well as their suitability for either a younger or older player.
Folding Chess Sets
Though similar to a typical portable set, folding chess sets include a full set of pieces and corresponding storage compartments when not in use. These sets can sometimes be bigger and heavier than a standard portable set but they’re available in sizes, making them easy to carry. Many folding sets are made out of wood or other high-quality materials, offering a wide range of board sizes from to 2inches.
When buying a set of pieces by themselves, you’ll need to make they’re properly matched up with the board you select. Prevailing chess guidelines dictate the size of the king determines the proper size of the board. The base of the king should not take up more than three quarters of the size of the squares; otherwise the pieces will bunch up, thus hindering gameplay.
A better choice is a plastic tournament set. You can buy them inexpensively and they are considered the standard for tournament play throughout the world. Therefore, when students ask me what type of chess set to purchase, my answer is always the same, a plastic tournament set. These Pawns and pieces are made from extremely durable plastic which makes them difficult to break (a plus with kids). They come weighted or unweighted. For young children, I’d recommend the unweighted set because the weights are often small metal cylinders that can eventually fall out of the piece’s base. This can be a choking hazard for children. For older students, I recommend a triple weighted set. The weight helps to keep the pieces from tipping over which can be handy when playing Blitz or if you play outside and wind is a factor.
The standard design used in tournament play is the Staunton pattern. However, there are small differences in the way in which the pawns and pieces are designed in the various sets available. Some Knights, for example, have greater detail in their manes while some Bishops have a more pronounced Mitre. Normally, the more expensive the plastic set, the greater the level of detail. I’m very picky about my plastic sets, having settled on a plastic reproduction of the pieces used in the 197Fischer-Spassky match (an officially excepted pattern for use in tournament play). You have choices even when it comes to plastic playing pieces! Now let’s talk about boards.
It is best, as a beginner, to use a tournament set since they are used at chess clubs and in tournaments across the globe. However, there are additional reasons for using such a set. First off, because of the piece and board size, it’s easy to move the pieces around without accidentally knocking nearby pieces over (try that with a tiny chess set during a fie minute game of Blitz). The alpha-numeric symbols on the board’s edges make it easier for the beginner to start recording their games which is extremely important. It also serves to help teach chess notation to the chess novice since the beginner simply has to line up the file letter and rank number to identify a square. While the average player can do this on a board without these alpha-numeric markers, the beginner often finds this task difficult and can write down the wrong square without a visual aid.
Find A Chess Set That Fits With Your Purpose
The first thing you would want to do is establish the kind of chess set you are looking for. Either you are looking for a chess set for play or just to spice up your surroundings. The beauty is that there are lots of options to pick from either way. Of course, this depends on your preferences.
A robust double or triple weighted chess set is a good fit if you will be carrying it around to clubs or tournaments. Magnetic travelling chess sets are marvelous for anyone looking to pass the time on a road trip or plane ride.
As for the decorative types, you can pick whatever set strikes your fancy, and don’t forget that you can always use them for play as well.
Find The Right Chess Set Online
Now, this is the trickiest part of buying chess sets. Unlike when you are in a brick and mortar shop where you can try out the products, buying chess sets online is all about paying attention to the minute details of the product listing. You will need to select the chess pieces, the chess board and any other accessories based on the product descriptions, the images online and a bit of research.
Pick A Chess Set In Your Budget
Once you have identified the chess set you want, it’s time to make the purchase. Not so fast, though. There are few things you would want to check first. For example, you would want to ensure that the chess set is within your budget not to mention that you ought to know the shipping costs and most importantly, the return policy. You do not want to be stuck with the wrong chess set just because you can’t return in case of issues like breakage, wrong product sent, etc. Also, make sure the payment options provided are secure especially if you are going to share your personal and credit card information when completing the purchase.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your chess sets wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of chess sets
- №1 — Wooden Chess Set: Universal Standard Wooden Chess Board Game Set – Handcrafted Wood Game Pieces
- №2 — Supplies bbhosbt 15″ Wooden Chess Set with Felted Game Board Interior for Storage
- №3 — L2073DR Dal Rossi Italy Chess Set With Metal / Marble Finish Pieces on Walnut Finish Chess Box 16” with compartments