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Can anyone with experience of weekend chess tournaments in the UK tell me what chess sets and boards are commonly used - plastic/wood, board type, colours etc?
The reason I ask is that I'm thinking of buying such a set so that if I start participating in tournaments I'll be accustomed to these boards and sets.
These are the usual sets you will play with in events and you can buy them here with a roll up board at really good prices.
The colour of the board can vary from green and white to brown and white, it doesnt matter really.
Enjoy your tournament
Thanks for the reply, sirness!
Keep in mind that the black/white vinyl boards might be hard on the eyes due to the hard contrast. They reflect a fair bit of light and some of the avenues are quite brightly lit. Weekend tourneys are no fun whilst suffering a migrane.
Thanks for the warning bjazz, might get a black and white board too then.
I'm used to my boxwood and ebony set, so I need to get used to tourney boards and sets that are likely to make my eyes bleed.
Actually I was warning against those black/whites :)
From the vinyl boards I'd recommend some of the coloured ones as the contrast isn't so bothering. They come in several colours from different manufacturers and are cheap as well as easy to transport. Most wooden ones are also less likely to to cause tears as the tones are much warmer. Wooden boards are also sturdy, come in more variety and tend to last a lifetime. On the downside they're not as easy to transport. If you're driving that shouldn't be a problem. If you like bicycling instead - well... It's another story.
Understood you were warning me against the b+w boards, bjazz - but the thing is, I'm likely to have to play on these boards if I want to play in tournaments so I'll want to be accustomed to them.
I'm not looking to buy a nice set - already have one - I want a nasty set!
Thanks for the URL too, just had a look - blue and white ? Red and White?! Those are really, really horrible. Just what I'm looking for!
There's also plenty of english sites to decrease the postal charges if you want to order one of those.
You can try to accustom to those boards but most of the players will be either using wooden ones or coloured vinyl ones. If you want to train Botvinnik style you may ofcourse go for the most stressing one, but be warned... High contrast for 2x ~6h per day for two days straight might make you reconsider :)
It's an excellent idea to aim to not be a chess equipment prima donna but I wouldn't bother to go the Botvinnik route either.
Just play on a variety of equipment and you'll be pretty well prepared for whatever a tourney throws at you, and you'll just adjust if some novel challenge shows up (if it ever will).
goldendog, bjazz - thanks for the advice. Think I'll get one nasty plastic set and a couple of vinyl boards.
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