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Can anyone recommend a decent chess board (vinyl) and some heavy as possible plastic pieces for a beginner?
A reasonable price for me would be under 30 not including shipping
Several sets here, sold from the USCF, fit your budget.
Some of these sets are quadruple weighted. (Very heavy.)
You can definitely get better prices than USCF, which also has fairly expensive shipping.
Wholesalechess.com has some really good deals, and you can even get a set that comes with chess.com swag! Hard to beat that. :) Those pieces aren't heavy, though. They have many heavier piece options, like this combo that comes with heavy pieces and a bag, too.
Here's a triple weighted set from Amazon.com that you can get free shipping on if you spend and extra $5 on something else that qualifies for their super saver shipping (or are an Amazon.com prime member)
Rochester Chess Center is one of my favorite chess places to shop with. They have a sale on a heavily weighted set of plastic pieces right now, and I really love their reverse colored vinyl boards which are only $6 each, and very nice!
Seconded on the uscf sales site. Their pieces are often higher priced than identical sets on other sites.
Not too heavy or else you won't be able to pick them up.
I ended up going with the USCF triple-weighted regulation pieces with the green vinyl roll-up board and a bag.I needed a set that was portable anyway
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