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District_XII

    Hi.  I want to get a chess set to practice with.  What kind do you think is best?  Help me out and you get "free" ice cream or cookies.  

zbieraj

Just go through other topics in this part of the forum which are asking exactly the same thing tongue.png.

beachero

Depends on your taste.  I like club sets, usually simpler carvings but very well designed for playing.  This pattern from the 1930s is very nice to play with.

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-equipment/house-of-staunton-b-h-wood-set---golden-rosewood

https://www.houseofstaunton.com/the-b-h-wood-chess-pieces-3-75-king.html

RussBell

The sets (pieces) commented on in the following article are plastic, and the boards are rollup.  The retailers are reputable and they also sell wood sets and boards...

Chess Sets for Club & Tournament Play...

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell/chess-sets-for-club-tournament-play

felonet

Do you want a nice looking but delicate set, or something more robust and playable?

felonet

@RussBell your link is broken

Wits-end

You’re swimming in dangerous waters now… $$$

Wits-end

Tip #1 - set your budget first. One can spend very little or empty the bank account. 

Tip#2 - decide which style you prefer. I.e., plastic, wood, weighted, unweighted, size (what board do you have?), color, antiqued or not, etc.

Tip #3 - you will get lot’s of info by pursuing other similar threads. You get to see pictures as well. 

Tip #4 - always check the sellers reputation. 

Tip #5 - and most importantly… enjoy the journey. It will give a story to the set you purchase. 

Tip #6 - there are many good and honest people here that will help you spend your money wink.png Seriously there are good people here passionate about collecting. 

District_XII

@felonet I think that's the problem.  I want a little bit of both.  Kinda awesome looking but also something I can take on a trip and not scratch or break.  

District_XII

@Wits-end Thank you that is very helpful.  I am thinking under $125 USD.  Smaller with drawers to put pieces back into.  Natural colors or teals and blues.  No pink or purple stuff.  Wood is good but all types of materiel are on the table.  I am probably asking for a lot but if I search, I know it's out there.  I will definately take my time and enjoy the journey.  happy.png

felonet

It seems like the Dubrovnik sets are very "player centric" and robust. The problem is they are slightly more than the 125$ price range you're looking for. I think they might be worth considering, maybe there's a reproduction in your price range.

RichColorado

This is a simple chess set vinyl weighted std club set.  Reasonable priced . .  .

                   

RussBell
felonet wrote:

@RussBell your link is broken

Thanks.  The article of the (earlier) link was apparently deleted, so I have replaced it with a link to my article on chess sets.