- How to Buy a Chess Set
How to Buy a Chess Set
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.
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
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
Well cared for and regularly used, your chess set should last a lifetime!