New Chess Set

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #1


    Hey, everyone! I've become interested in purchasing a chess set from and I was wondering what you guys thought was a better buy:  



    The sets are not intended for tournament play, but rather for casual play at home.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #2


    I like the rosewood / boxwood pieces and the low-contrast look.  They match the board better, too, yet have enough contrast to see the pieces okay.  The ebony is fine and classy, but might look better on a different board.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #3


    To tell you the truth, I liked the colour match better on the first selection; but I thought that maybe the traditional "Black" colour would look more "Staunton-like"? I'm not sure what's better.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #4


    Pieces look okay and the small footprint will be nice. I still use a small, real board and pieces when I play Fritz et al, if the tc is long enough.

    The pieces look crowded to me on those boards. How do they seem to you?

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #5


    They look fine to me. Not very crowded at all.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #6


    LOL, I like Black's position on your board better! Tongue out

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #8


    Reb, the king base is 1 1/8", and the square size is 1 5/8". Do you think this is too crowded? It looks fine to me in the pictures.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #10


    Sounds like a fun set! Laughing LOL 

    I don't know if four pawns will fit on those squares, but it doesn't look crowded to me.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #11


    How many pawns fit per square here? (For me, this is just ridiculously crowded lol.)

    Kasparov vs. Korchnoi, when Viktor could afford to give odds.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #13


    The rule of thumb I have been told is that the squares on a chessboard should be approximately 1.25 times the size of the base of the king.


    Wikipedia says the following: 

    "A square size approximately 1.25 to 1.3 times the size of the base of the king is preferred (the base of the king should be about 78 percent as wide as the size of the squares.)"   (

    I hope this helps.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #14


    I like the first one.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #15


    I like the sheesham wood set.  I wish I bought those instead of the black ones.  Anyway, I built my board using the 75% rule.  That states the diameter of the king should be 75% of the square size.  That's just rule of thumb.  I got that from  They have a primer on selecting boards and pieces.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #16


    I should also note that in the Wikipedia article I referenced in my earlier post there is also a link to the website which states the following:



    Height, weight, proportions

    The King`s height should be about 9.5 cm. The diameter of the King`s base should measure 40 to 50% of its height.

    The size of the other pieces should be proportionate to their height and form; other elements such as stability, aesthetic considerations etc., may also be taken into account.

    The weight of the pieces should be suitable for comfortable moving and stability.


    And then later on states:


    Referring to 2.2 the size of a square should be twice the diameter of a pawn’s base. It is recommended that a side of the square should measure 5 to 6.5 cm.





     Based on this reference, it appears that NM Reb's four pawns fitting into one square is an appropriate guideline when choosing chess pieces to go with a chess board (at least for tournament play). 













  • 8 years ago · Quote · #17


    But those measurements are for tournaments. I'm using this set for casual at-home play, so the height regulations don't really matter.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #18


                   the rosewood set is fine.i like the look of both the board and the chess set.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #19


    If you just want an inexpensive, nice, wood set for you, that'll be fine.  Unless one of us came over to your house, no one is going to hassel you over it.  Like I said before, get the sheeshamwood pieces instead of black.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #20


     For casual play, I think either set you are thinking about will be fine. Both seem to me to be in reasonable proportion (size of square in relation to size of pieces) so I wouldn't worry about either set feeling "too crowded". 

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