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If you do choose vinyl just carry it in one of those chess set bags and make sure to always roll it with the squares facing outwards to keep it flat.
I have cloth backed vinyl chess boards & no problems with them laying flat. Just don't get the all vinyl ones as they are junk!
I have vinyl, mousepad, and silicone. The printing is sharpest on the vinyl and pieces do move smoothest on its' surface. Still a pain to have to carefully roll up. Silicone is best if you want a no care product although it does feel a little funny and costs more. They all work fine but call me old school for preferring a folding wooden board. OMG I just realized this thread is 3 years old...
I think i will buy one and get some glow in dark paint and
apply it to the squares. Might do the same to the piece. ??
Sometimes i am online at night and a waste to have so many lights on while i play out positions in a current game using my board.
Here's a slightlu more elegant solution:
So much for my "cut and paste skills" Anyway it's an LED chess set that glows in the dark, on Ebay for $60, includes the board.
You're welcome, but be sure and read the reviews. It's glass and quality control is maybe not the very best. You might want to look around somewhere besides Ebay to be sure you can return defective pieces. Lots of places carry it if you do a Google search. It is a pretty coool idea though...
I saw a neon stand used outside the store to advertise. If i can a smaller one i will just draw a board on it and find to a way to make it permanent. Something like that....
Think i will take a trip to an art supply store and see what i can find also.
I have a vinyl board, a mousepad board, and a silicone board.
It is true that the mousepad and silicone boards do not allow the easy sliding of pieces that may be experienced with a vinyl board. But as I don't slide pieces, this is irrelevant.
The mousepad board is quite nice: simply roll it for storage (playing side outward), and it will always lie flat. I like the feel and there's almost no noise made when moving pieces.
The silicone board is also very nice; roll it, bend it, or fold it, it will always lie flat, totally without creases. It's lighter than a vinyl board and easier to carry. It will also stick to a flat surface much better than a vinyl board.
The only real drawbacks of a mousepad or silicone board is that either will cost about four times as much as a vinyl board. But it's worth it to me.
Lots of good information in this old thread. I have a couple of vinyl boards, with the cloth back that cost a couple dollars more than the standard, sometimes listed as a premium vinyl chess board. Six bucks and change. I like that you can slide the board, adjust it. I did not know the mousepad boards are sticky, but it makes sense - knowing mousepads. And that the silicone behaves the same is good to know. As for sliding pieces on the board, personally, I don't do that anyway.
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