Chess Boards

A Guide to Choosing the Right Chess Board

Choosing the right chess board is not always easy, especially if you have never shopped for a chess board before and you aren’t 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, consider the following short guide to choosing the right chess board for you.

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Chess Boards Styles The first thing you will want to consider is the style of the chess board. There are many different styles of chess boards, with the primary styles being: folding boards, magnetic boards, luxury boards, starter/practice boards and themed boards. Folding boards are designed to be folded up and are ideal for travel or for 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. Magnetic boards are also a great option for travel because they allow the pieces to stay securely on the board; these magnetic boards are also great for younger players and older players who may have problems with dexterity. Luxury boards are designed with rich materials and luxurious styles; these boards are designed both for play and display, since they are meant to be aesthetically pleasing. These types of boards are great if you are a chess lover who wants a board that will also serve as a show piece. Read More