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How to Buy a Chess Set

We have a wide range of complete chess sets for you to choose from. Or, you can customize your set by selecting your own chess pieces and chess board separately. This guide will help you ensure that you buy the right size pieces for your board.
It is usually a good idea to spend as much as you can afford on your Chess Set, since they will last you a long time and probably be passed down to your children.



Step 1: Select Chess Pieces

Do you like the look of the traditional Staunton? Perhaps you are buying for a history or literary buff? They might enjoy one of our Themed Pieces.

Pieces are available in different colours, materials, sizes and weights.

When matching pieces to a chess board, the size must be considered. The chess board should be approximately half (in cm) the height of the King (in mm). The standard sizes are: 
  • 70mm chess king suits a 40cm chess board
  • 85mm chess king suits a 45-50cm chess board. 
  • 95mm chess king suits a 50-55cm chess board.
  • 105mm-110mm chess king suits a 55cm-60cm chess board.

If you can't find a close match, use a larger chessboard square by up to 25%. If you choose a smaller square size you'll risk crowding the pieces.

Step 2: Select a Chess Board

Chess Boards are available in many colours, materials and sizes.

Consider how an where you will use your chess set in order to determine the right board for you. We have a great range of tournament, outdoor and travel sets to meet all your chess needs!

If you're selecting a chess board to match an existing set of pieces it's important to note the size of the pieces and board. This is discussed further in the next section.

Step 3: Select a box

Choose a beautiful box to keep your pieces tidy.

Well cared for and regularly used, your chess set should last a lifetime!


We know that buying a chess set online can be a difficult decision, sometimes impossible. That's why we have a modern showroom with lots of parking right out the front and over 200 sets on display! You can also give us a call and one of our very helpful and knowledgeable staff will assist you making the right decision.

If you struggle online - visit us! (Or call us)...

Come and visit us at 758 North Rd, Ormond, Victoria or call 03 8595 0907.