Chess Boards

A Guide to Choosing Right Chess Boards

Have you, like so many before you, been bewitched by the enchanting power of chess, but don’t know where to start and what board to choose? Well then, you’re in for a treat. You have come across the ultimate guide for choosing chess boards, so buckle up! There is plenty of good advice coming your way!

Choosing the right chess board is not always easy, especially if you have never shopped for one before and you are not sure what you need to consider when narrowing down the many options.

Whether you are a beginner player looking for their very first folding chess board or you are an experienced player hoping to find a new wooden chess board for your collection, we’ll help you on your ambitious quest of choosing just the right board.

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Chess Board Styles

The first thing you will want to consider is the style of the chess board. There are many different ones to choose from, starting with a standard wooden chess board, up to an electronic chess board. We have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get going!

Folding chess board

This is easily the most popular style for beginners. Folding boards are designed to be folded up and are ideal for travel or casual play, particularly since they sometimes include built-in compartments to hold your chess pieces.

Folding boards come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so if you plan on taking one with you to travel, make sure that it’s small enough to fit comfortably in your bag or luggage. They are easy to store and usually come with standard style pieces. Folding chess boards come in a variety of materials, most populars being vinyl and wood.

The folding style chess board actually has an interesting history. The first folding board dates back to 1125, and it was invented by a priest. At the time, chess was condemned by the eastern orthodox church, that threatened to excommunicate any member of the clergy caught playing it.

So one inventive priest came up with the idea to disguise it. The first folding chess board just looked like two books lying together! Thanks to his ingenuity, nowadays we have a whole variety of folding boards, and they become more and more popular!

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