Plastic Chess Pieces

Plastic chess pieces are to be credited for making chess affordable and accessible worldwide. This rather affordable and very lightweight material is a popular choice among craftsmen who make chess sets. Plastic is the perfect material to make both standard and unique themed pieces for all ages.

Plastic pieces certainly don’t lack competition as there are other materials that can produce chess sets of different shapes, sizes and price points. So how did chess pieces become so popular and are they the right choice for you? Keep reading to find out why plastic pieces are so popular and how to make sure you’re getting the best deals on the best pieces.  

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Chess pieces come in all different shapes, sizes and materials--so what makes plastic chess pieces so popular? And how can you make sure that you are getting the best deals when you buy these chess board pieces? Read on to find out why plastic chess pieces are so popular and how to make sure you’re getting the best deals on the best pieces.  

Advantages of Plastic Chess Pieces

Plastic pieces are relatively inexpensive and such pieces are often mass-produced, which is the reason behind the low prices. Plastic chess pieces are certainly more affordable than pieces made from wood, which is the second cheapest material. Another benefit of plastic chess pieces is their weight. They are perfect for younger players who might have a hard time moving around heavier pieces made from metal or wood across the board.    

Types of plastic chess pieces

There are a few different categories of chess pieces that are made from plastic. The most common ones are the Staunton plastic pieces, themed pieces, and magnetic pieces. Staunton pieces are designed and made according to the traditional Staunton sizes and the traditional Staunton appearance and are regarded by modern chess enthusiasts as the "classic" pieces. Other so-called thematic pieces vary in style, size and well, themes such as the Middle Ages, Ancient Greece or popular films such as Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. Magnetic pieces made from plastic are typically modeled to look like Staunton, but they have a magnetic stripe on the underside that helps them stick to magnetic chess boards.    

Tips for buying plastic chess pieces

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for plastic pieces. These tips will help you get a good deal, so read closely: 

Tip: Be clear about what type of chess pieces you want to buy before shopping

As already mentioned, plastic chess pieces can be magnetic, Staunton, themed, so before you begin your searches, make sure you know what type of chess pieces you want. 

Tip: Buy from chess game specialty store websites for the best deals

If you want to get the best deals on chess pieces, you should look for specialty stores that specialize in it like Kaoori. You will find the largest selection and the best deals in such stores.   

Tip: Look for complete plastic chess sets at a discount

Don’t limit your search to a chess piece. Perhaps you’ll get a better deal if you buy the whole set instead of individual white/black sets. And remember, if you are looking for new plastic pieces, compare prices in different stores to get the best deals.  Continue browsing Kaoori’s collection of plastic pieces and you’ll surely stumble open some great choices.