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How to select the right chess set

How to Select the Right Chess Set

When you look to purchase a chess set, you two different options in front of you:
Choose a combination of pieces and a board that has been pre-selected for you
Individually choose the chess pieces and the chess board for you own chess set
With both options, there are a couple of things that you want to keep in mind. The first is price. Choose chess set that is built to last. You are going to have many memories attached to your set, and one of the best things that you can do is to keep the set around for generation to enjoy. Always buy the highest quality set that you can afford.
Second is quality. The quality is something that you will be able to both see and feel. The pieces should have a good solid feel to them every time you pick one up. Next, pay attention to the crown of the King, the finer the details, then the higher the quality. Lastly, the knight is the most noticeable piece that you will have on your board. Study it curves and details. True quality sets will have a finely, hand carved knight.
Now keeping this in mind, choosing an existing Chess Set is much simpler. You take the time to choose between the Classic Staunton Chess Set or a theme that you like i.e. Civil War, Mythology, etc.; purchase the set, and wait for it to arrive.
The second option, takes a little more thought.
Matching wood types
Wood Chess Sets
Ebony pieces match well with basic Black and White boards or with Ebony/Madrona Board
Rosewood pieces look great with boards that are also rosewood or those made from Mahogany
Sheesham woods fit best with Walnut boards as well as with Bubinga or Hazelnut Boards
Metal Chess Sets
Metal Sets match with wood boards, but also go well with brass boards as well as leatherette boards
Matching Size
The size of the chess board square is determined from the diameter of the chess pieces King. Take the diameter and multiply it by 1.33 . If need be, you can go a little bigger, but you really do not want to go smaller. Example a 1.25 diameter base x 1.33 is 1.66 inch board. Boards with 1.75 inch boards would be perfect.
After that, all you need is to order the chess pieces and board and start creating you own chess memories.

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