How to buy chess sets

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How to Buy Chess Sets

If you’re looking for a chess set whether it’s for you or for your loved one for a gift, this guide will help you decide.


Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to buy a chess set for a friend or loved one and find that there are over a hundred different options. It certainly does not help when the person buying the chess set has little or no knowledge about chess or chess sets.

We at Chess Hall have created a list of many of the types of chess sets that people buy and are happy with. Not only do we give some background in to how to start your search for the perfect gift, but we also give tips on how to find the perfect chess gift. If you’re looking for a chess board, we have a full guide for helping you choose the right one:

Traditional Chess Sets

Traditional Chess Sets are one of the most popular types of chess sets that people are looking for. Usually, the chess pieces and chess boards are bought at different time or separately because you don’t always need both. This guide has already matched some great chess sets and chess boards for you so you don’t need to worry about finding both.

Traditional Chess Sets come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. While they often come as a flat chess board and chess pieces, they also sometimes come as a folding chess set that includes storage. You will often find the quality of the pieces are better in flat sets. Chess Hall has included a few that have more unique or high quality chess pieces in this section of our guide.

Buying a traditional chess set may still seem confusing and overwhelming. So let’s move on.

Buy a Chess Set – Traditional

If you would like to try your hand at buying a traditional style chess set, click the Amazon link below, it has a sale price since you clicked this link, so it’ll be cheaper than buying at the store. The chess pieces are categorized both by the type of wood as well as the size of the king.

Traditional Chess Sets
Folding Traditional Chess Sets

Portable Chess Sets

Portable or Magnetic Chess Sets come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of the most important issues to consider would be: Will this chess set be an adequate size? Will there be storage for the chess pieces? Can I save my position and come back to the game later without removing all of the chess pieces?

One of our most popular magnetic chess sets is the Drueke Magnetic Chess Set. What makes this chess set special is that not only do the magnetic chess pieces hold particularly well, but the chess set comes with a lid so that you can save your position. Most chess sets are folding, meaning that if you wish to pause your game, you may have to take all of the chess pieces off the chess board.

There are several other tournament chess sets available. These sets may be slightly larger, or have a different mold to have more of the look and feel of an expensive chess set while still being affordable.

If you are looking to get a chess set for someone who is new to the game, there are several instructional chess sets available. These chess sets are helpful in that they are not only a fully functional chess set, but they also have aids to remind you how the chess pieces move.


Folding Chess Sets are one of the most popular styles of chess sets used as gifts. These chess sets include their own chess pieces and have compartments to store the chess pieces when not in use. This makes folding chess sets ideal for people who may not have the space to leave a chess set out on display.

Folding chess sets come in a large variety of sizes, usually from as small as 10” to as large as 21”. They also come in a number of woods and styles. Due to their variety we recommend you browse our complete selection if you are interested in a folding chess set, however, we have chosen some of our more popular and unique folding chess sets to highlight.


Unsure what to get?

If you do not know what theme chess set to go with, think about the interests of the person outside of chess. Do they like Animals? History? Fantasy? Sports?

Buy a Chess Set – Theme and Figurine

Of course, these are just a few options among many. Your best bet may be to browse all your options. To see them, click below:

Theme Chess Sets

You have to be careful though, I had an antique themed Chess set, and it was appraised for just around $17,000! One year at Christmas our house was burgled and we lost computers, appliances and yes, my most loved Chess Set. However, one solution I think could work to help prevent that from happening to you, (it helps me sleep better at night) is They give you all the information and work you need to make your house a fortress and now I can check the house from anywhere.

If you still don’t know what Chess Sets you think you’d want to buy, send me a email at we have some great suggestions!


How I Prepare For My Speed Chess Matches

How I prepare for my speed chess matches

The sun is shining and I’m enjoying my afternoon at a park in Washington Square. Like most people there I’m not looking to relax in the grass, instead I’m sitting at a table across from a rather intelligent man who has a creative flair in chess. But like most days I’m winning. I don’t make a ton, enough to buy myself some food and some extra spending money for next week. It’s not about the money though, it’s about the thrill and what’s on the line.Most people know that speed chess is all intimidation. We’ve seen Searching for Bobby Fischer and know all too well the trash talk that goes on. But for me winning in chess goes far beyond that.

Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. I wear a rather flashy outfit, one that looks clean and polished. I have a nice gold Nixon watch (check here if you’re asking yourself “are nixon watches good) that I like to flash around on my wrist. It draws the eye, and it keeps people from focusing on the board. The best part is it’s cheaper than a luxury watch but has the same intimidation effect.

In comparison when I’m going to an actual chess tournament I’ll wear a nice suit. I’ll also wear a watch that is much less intrusive, usually I trust my Citizen Nighthawk (great citizen nighthawk review here) as I find the gold watch distracts me to much during matches. Real long chess tournaments require far more skill than speed chess, and you’ll find that playing in them will increase your skill far more than playing speed chess, but you will never get the same thrill.

You see the same people keep coming back every week to play matches. Some of them so often that we know them by name. It’s like a sickness, and like any other form of gambling could result in so many problems they would need the best credit repair companies in the world to come save them.

But it’s a passion, it’s fun, and the results can sometimes be unexpected. It’s also a visual spectacle, people can’t help but watch and try to follow the fast paced game that is moving so quickly it can be rather easy to miss a move.

If you really want to know how I prepare for my matches you’ll be a little disappointed. I generally read through some of my favorite chess matches and prepare my openings for the day. I generally favor anything that is open and not too complicated as it allows me to set up a good pawn structure, things like Queen’s gambit I stray away from as it’s easier to avoid any big complications. I also try to play the Halloween gambit every chance I get, as the play is confusing and fun, it opens up game play that I would never try in a real tournament.

This is the real beauty of speed chess, you can play in ways you never dreamed of in a tournament. Taking risks can actually pay off and memorized play falls short as nerves are pushed. If you’re looking into playing speed chess, good luck, it’s a lot of fun.