Today we will have a look at what every – I mean EVERY – chess player should have:
A chess board, pieces and a clock!
If you’ve read through my other pretty mediocre content on this site, you’ve probably learnt a thing or two by now, and now you want to put the pedal to the metal – get some chess toys to show off with, and crush your friends!
If you’re only after a chess board, there are many different ones you can choose from. Natural Wood Chess Boards
meets, in my opinion, every requirement a chess player could have for a chess board.
I’ve played on tons of different boards through my insanely decorative career (apart from Magnus, I believe a lot of players would be quite jealous…), and I’ve got to say that these boards are my absolute favorites!
At The Chess Store most of these boards range from as little as USD $69.99 up to $399.99, and the “HR” ones (I will be using this term a bit, so you might as well get familiar with it: High Roller…:p ) all the way up to $899.99. Most of the boards are hovering between $100 and $200, though (phew, right?!).
You’ve either just purchased a board, and now you need pieces (in this scenario, I suggest buying the set as a whole next time…), or you happened to have a board lying around, and you only need the pieces to show your friends who can claim the “gang title”.
The Chess Store obviously can provide these as well! And just like the chess boards, these come in a wide variety. You can several different-looking pieces, all tailored to suit you.
The price ranges from $29.99 all the way up to a whopping $799.99! These are obviously the real HR ones, but some just can’t resist them! (and to be honest, if you do happen to get them, I get why!) These are on sale until Aug 30, by the way, down from $999.99. So, if you really want these, you should probably run to the counter now!
The prior section either assumes you’re only going to play blindfold chess or that you already have 32 chess pieces.
Most people don’t have a full set of chess pieces lying around (if you have kids, you might have SOME scattered around the house…), hence they would need a full chess set.
In comes…you guessed it!
The Chess Store!
Their Wood Chess Sets with Cases range from $189 to $299, and these are all amongst my favorites, and I think many people will share that opinion. As the link suggests, these all come with a built-in chess case for storage whenever you don’t play (which shouldn’t really be that often…).
The reason I like these so much, is their ability to both be a house pride (a beautiful chess board in the right surroundings can be quite the eyesight) and they can easily be put away for whatever reason (can’t really think of a good reason here…).
Also, if you really just won the lottery, then you might want to click your way through to the “High-end Luxury Chess Set” as well. Here you can find sets ranging from $359 all the way up to $1899.
You might not have nor want one of the latter boards with a built-in chess case. Still, it would be nice to have room for all of your pieces in one place?
Well, in that case, let’s have a look at some pretty stylish pieces and box combos!
The prices range from $79 up to $349, and a lot of them look pretty cool, if you ask me! (and I’d be honored if you do…just leave it in the comment section below)
Not all look stunning, but rather ordinary (felt too harsh to say “boring”…), actually. At the same time, quite a few of look really good, and there should definitely be one for most tastes here.
Last topic I want to touch on in this article, is something we know as chess clocks. Now, if your unfamiliar with the term, it might just strike you as a bit odd… “Is the minute hand a knight, and the hour hand a king – since the king only moves one square at a time?”
Luckily it’s not that silly…
A chess clock is simply a device that makes sure the chess game finishes within a certain amount of predefined time! And here you have a lot of options, the most common ones being that the game last for about 8-20 minutes.
If you want to have a longer think about moves, then obviously that’s fine too! If you want a REALLY long think…then maybe you don’t need a clock at all.
I think – and most chess players will share this opinion with me – chess clocks are great! Not only will they make sure the game actually finishes at some point (story from the old days: Two players were thinking away, when one said to the other: “Are you going to move soon, sir?” whereas the other gentleman replied: “Oh, sorry…I thought it was your turn!”), but they also offer many different time controls, aka. a lot of fun!
What’s more, these clocks are quite decently priced as well, ranging from $19.99 to $39.99, which makes them quite affordable.
I’m just gonna say it:
You got to have a chess clock! It’s as simple as that…
Personally, I favor the clock you see on the picture above, because I think that’s the most convenient clock to use for playing. The other ones are obviously good too, but if you held a gun to my head and made me choose, I’d go for that one (even better in red!)…
Ready for a game??
Now you should be all set!
I’ve used a lot of different ‘everything’ when it comes to chess, and like I’ve stated before:
I wouldn’t advocate for these products if I didn’t believe in them myself!
And for a true chess fan, pretty much nothing is better than quality products when it comes to playing!
If you have any comments, questions, funny stories to tell, just leave them down below, and I’ll be sure to get back to you!
May Caissa be with you,