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How Many Chess Sets Do You Need?

  • #81
    D2_To_D8 wrote:

    Chess set collecting can certainly become an addiction, that's for sure. Intially we owned many sets in our family, but most ended up sitting in their storage boxes and never getting played or even displayed. That's when we decided to limit our chess sets to those we liked the most both for collecting and or playing. Further, we decided to limit our chess set collection to a more specific era. Hence, we ended up collecting only those sets related to the 1972 Fischer Spassky and R-II era which are our current safe queens, kept mint, and rarely played. We ended up selling off or even donated many of the other cheapies over time. However, we did keep two player sets we use frequently and actually play with. Depending on conditions, where we play at, and who we're playing with determine which one we bring and actually use.

     

    I am in a similar phase, trying to decide what to do with our collection.

    We have a huge collection, with several sets from 19th and early 20th century, but some of the 18th century. Most of these sets we bought in Europe. We like pre-Staunton or early variations of Staunton. We have however several modern items, among others a Novag Robot Adversary in excellent condition.

    One problem is space. Most sets (and clocks and boards) are not displayed, only three. We have different possibilities what to do with the collection. 

    1. Invest a lot of time to show them in a website. This is the most realistic plan. The website could later be used as a platform to sell some items and so reduce the collection. You have to know that my wife and I work with scientific research and have 7 or 8 thousand books, which take the space we could use to display sets.

    2. Donate the largest part of the collection to a museum. This is a possibility, although not for the next 15 years - we still want to spend time cataloguing the collection.

    3. Begin soon to sell the biggest part of the collection, keeping only a few sets and of course some sets to play. To play I need perhaps four or five sets, with at least three in official tournament size to use for private tournaments with colleagues, and some smaller sets to play in small tables in restaurants or for analysis, and one travel set.

    I hate the idea of hoarding chess items instead of collection them. To collect means to reduce the items, to specialize, to make research on the sets. Unfortunately I still didn't make the step from hoarding to collecting. But this will happen soon. I hope so.

  • #82

    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

  • #83

    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

     

  • #84
    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.
  • #85

    zero

  • #86

    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...  

  • #87

    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?
  • #88

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

  • #89
    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.

  • #90
    its always nice to some different chess sets to chose from
  • #91

    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. 

  • #92

    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?

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