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How to Buy Chess Sets

by Joebob

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There are many things to consider when buying a chess set as a gift or for you. First you need to know how much you are willing to spend. Chess sets can vary in price greatly depending on the quality of materials used. Secondly, you will need to consider the age of the person receiving the set and where they will be using it. And lastly, the size of the chessmen and board square size required to match the pieces selected.

You can buy chess sets from under $20 to over $1000 for collector set made from various precious metals or rare minerals. A plastic chess set is commonly bought for beginners and can be very affordable. Wood is also an excellent choice without breaking the bank. These pieces are usually weighted and made from many species of wood, but most commonly are mahogany, boxwood, rosewood and walnut. Then there are the chess sets made from 24kt. Gold, silver and brass. These are some of the most expensive types of pieces and are of high quality and craftsmanship.

Next you need to consider the age and level of player when selecting your gift of a chess set. For younger players that may be new to the game, a plastic or wood chess set is the most appropriate. You may also consider getting a travel set as your younger player may be taking his set with him to friends’ houses, school or to the park. You may want to buy chess sets made of high-end wood or metal sets for the more accomplished player or as a professional gift for your boss.

Now you will need a chess board that will match the chessmen you have selected. Ideally the square size should be ¼” larger than the diameter of the king’s base. To buy chess boards is as diverse as buying the chessmen. Many different materials are used and the prices can vary just like the pieces. The most important detail is the square size and you should match the quality of the board to that of the chessmen.

Now you have made your selections, go play chess!

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