How Many Chess Sets Do You Need?

DENVERHIGH

I just sold a set to one of my students. $8.00 Vinyl board, club set with extra Queens. I have to get rid of them all, retiring from teaching.

DENVER

ShelbyLohrman

This is such an arbitrary question.  It is just like asking why do people have more than 1 pair of shoes at a time?  Because we can!

 

Shelby Lohrman

American Chess Equipment

 

AlkinKing
I’ve given about 3 sets away to good friends who showed interest in the game, have 3 set up around my house, another 2 novelty sets on display (some pieces), my tournament set in my bag ready to travel and a back up set of tournament pieces with a couple random roll up boards, so to answer the question, I’d say you need to have at least 2 sets but you can’t really have too manny.
Aluicious

zero

ajbrody

I'm looking to buy a few on Amazon, so many choices.  Looking for recommendations.  Please and thank you!  I know, I should probably read the previous 4 pages, but I'm in a hurry...  

mikecantreed1

ajbrody wrote:

I'm looking to buy a few on Amazon, so many choices.  Looking for recommendations.  Please and thank you!  I know, I should probably read the previous 4 pages, but I'm in a hurry...  

So ur time is more valuable than other people's?

Nordlandia

Most of my sets only collect dust. Tbh i'm more interested in collecting fairy piece sets just in case. 

Ziryab
ShelbyLohrman wrote:

This is such an arbitrary question.  It is just like asking why do people have more than 1 pair of shoes at a time?  Because we can!

 

Shelby Lohrman

American Chess Equipment

 

 

I keep thinking that I need to order one of those ultimate sets from you.

Rasparov1971
its always nice to some different chess sets to chose from
torrubirubi

I bought today an amazing board, extremely heavy, rather old, I guess 100 to 150 years old. I have slowly slowly having problems to store all the boards and pieces. 

loubalch

My pragmatic answer would be, enough to allow you to play wherever you want. Let me explain. If you frequent a cafe or coffee shop that has mostly small 24" round tables, you'd need a 16" board and set to fit comfortably, where your vinyl board's not drooping over the sides of the table and the pieces aren't falling all over the floor.

Next, you'd probably opt for a set to go with a standard 2.25" tournament size board for chess club and tournaments. Then, you'd want a larger set, say one that fits a 2.5" board, for the times you play at the reading room at the library, or at your friend's wide kitchen table. Do you like to analyze games? Which size set works best for you?

How many do sets you need? How many different venues are you playing chess at? Will a standard set with 2.25" board work at all locations?

LordFlashFire

What I have, or would like to have? (haha)

I have 1, maybe 2 junky sets that I rarely use, most of my "real" (not online) chess is at school, but I would like to have 7 sets corresponding to Chess.com themes. (and also teach a small Chess 101 class myself, otherwise they wouldn't all be used., only maybe 3.) These sets would be designed a la the Burled Wood, Walnut, Stone, Metal, Glass, Marble sets, and of course a Tournament set. 

maik1988

I think 'need' is a strong word. Technically you only need one, although an argument can be made for the need for different sizes for different playing venues. Style differences, finishes etc. are all down to one's fancy.

ALMIRAMUJANOVIC

I know this is not the place for the question but l have to ask. Before asking l have to share the experience. I am a mother of 11yrs old girl and 8 yrs old boy who love to play chess. Two days ago my daughter suggested forming a chess club in her primary school in Olovo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) but she was refused with words that school has no money for boards. Since l cannot afford buying chess boards for school l was wandering is there someone who would like to donate. Please if you can contact me 11almira02@gmail.com

Bfighter4935
Stauntonmaster a écrit :

One good chess set is enough. Many people become addicted to collecting chess sets like those who are addicted to stamp, coinand Pokeman collection. Chess collection is a great waste of money and can also hinder your chess progress  as instead of focusing on improving your chess skill your attention will be diverted to chess collection, many promising chess players were stopped completely in their chess progress because they went into chess collection instead. Therefore, one good chess set in more than enough. 

So you do own only one good chess set. Can you show us some pictures or at least tell us about it?

Must be Staunton of course but where is it from ? when did you buy it ?