blue mousepad chessboard

AlkinKing
Does anyone know where I can find a blue mousepad Chess board for tournament use? I see black and green everywhere but not blue. Is blue against the rules for USCF tournament play or something and if so why can I find the vinyl boards in almost every color?
IMBacon

Try wholesalechess.com

https://www.wholesalechess.com/shop/chess_boards/vinyl_and_rollup_chess_boards

the approved colors are:

Black/white

Blue/white

Brown/white

Green/white

AlkinKing
Great! Thanks you very much.
IMBacon
AlkinKing wrote:
Great! Thanks you very much.

Glad to help.  An order me one too!  Mine is all stained up from working with kids.

dave_westwood

AlkinKing wrote:

Does anyone know where I can find a blue mousepad Chess board for tournament use? I see black and green everywhere but not blue. Is blue against the rules for USCF tournament play or something and if so why can I find the vinyl boards in almost every color?

AlkinKing wrote: Does anyone know where I can find a blue mousepad Chess board for tournament use? Consider silicone

IMBacon
dave_westwood wrote:
AlkinKing wrote:

Does anyone know where I can find a blue mousepad Chess board for tournament use? I see black and green everywhere but not blue. Is blue against the rules for USCF tournament play or something and if so why can I find the vinyl boards in almost every color?

AlkinKing wrote: Does anyone know where I can find a blue mousepad Chess board for tournament use? Consider silicone

A friend bought one of those silicone boards.  Not a big fan of them to be honest.  You absolutely cannot slide them around easily.  I joke with him that if his pool springs a leak, he can use a piece of his silicone board.

mvk20

I know that's the common complaint about silicone boards, but I don't find the mousepad ones slide all that great either. Vinyl and wood slide, but wood is heavy to transport, and vinyl wrinkles and doesn't stay flat. Silicone doesn't wrinkle and can be washed easily, but doesn't slide. I think all of the common board types have their pros and cons.

AlkinKing

Its blue and it wasnt very expensive but if im being honest im a bit disappointed.

 

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Moriarty_697
mvk20 wrote:

I know that's the common complaint about silicone boards, but I don't find the mousepad ones slide all that great either. Vinyl and wood slide, but wood is heavy to transport, and vinyl wrinkles and doesn't stay flat. Silicone doesn't wrinkle and can be washed easily, but doesn't slide. I think all of the common board types have their pros and cons.

I bought a couple of the new style mousepad boards from Chesshouse.  They call them the Flex Pad Club Chess Boards and they're pretty great.  All the benefits of the mousepad board plus the pieces slide really well.  I don't see myself going back to vinyl.

AlkinKing
Anyone have any ideas where I can get one that’s a brighter blue? I don’t care if it’s tournament approved.
PhillipTheTank
AlkinKing wrote:
Anyone have any ideas where I can get one that’s a brighter blue? I don’t care if it’s tournament approved.

 

http://amchesseq.com/ACE-MousePad-Chess-Board--Blue--MADE-in-the-USA_p_116.html

AlkinKing
Dope. Thanks a bunch PhillipTheTank, this is the best selection of mousepad boards I’ve seen so far. I put in an order for the blue, red and one of the wood printed ones!
IMBacon
AlkinKing wrote:
Does anyone know where I can find a blue mousepad Chess board for tournament use? I see black and green everywhere but not blue. Is blue against the rules for USCF tournament play or something and if so why can I find the vinyl boards in almost every color?

wholesalechess.com currently has them on sale for $7.99 today only.

AlkinKing
That’s 1$ less than normal lol.
RussBell

https://www.chesshouse.com/collections/club-style-chess-boards/products/flex-pad-club-chess-board?variant=34089250113

https://www.chesshouse.com/collections/club-style-chess-boards/products/flex-pad-club-chess-board?variant=34089772737

http://amchesseq.com/Sky-Blue-Premium-Chess-Board--20-with-225-squares_p_140.html

 

PhillipTheTank

AlkinKing I would go with the steel blue flex pad that RussBell posted.  It's cheaper and flexpads are the best roll-up board material.  All the benefits of mousepad plus the pieces slide better.

RussBell
PhillipTheTank wrote:

AlkinKing I would go with the steel blue flex pad that RussBell posted.  It's cheaper and flexpads are the best roll-up board material.  All the benefits of mousepad plus the pieces slide better.

I agree that the FlexPad style of mousepad board is good for the reasons given.  Note that "FlexPad" is an appellation that Chess House has applied to its thin mousepad boards.  American Chess mousepad boards are essentially identical in manufacture.

RussBell

Just to give an indication of the color, here is a video showing a sky blue paper chess board in action....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZy5JSq816s

Also an earlier forum thread on the topic....

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-equipment/light-blue-roll-up-board

PhillipTheTank

I wasn't sure if the one I linked to was a standard mousepad or one of the new style.  There isn't an indication on the page that it is any different than a standard mousepad.  That's why I gave the recommendation for the other one.  Also that it is a little cheaper.

AlkinKing
Thanks guys, I’ll have to check the flexpad boards out at a later date. Hopefully it will be a while before I’m scratching for a new Chess set. I’d get a board by itself but I don’t like getting raped on the shipping and handling fees.