If you didn’t get enough quality tips for where to buy different chess accessories in my last blog, today we are going to look at some alternatives over at two sites some of you…most of you…ehem…ALL OF YOU have heard of before:
There are so many different options on both Amazon and ebay, but I’ve picked out one in each of my chosen categories to be their representative on my list.
The reasons I’ve chosen these exact products, are that I view them as quality products after researching them and their merchants, and are products I would buy myself and recommend to my friends. One of these Amazon or ebay affiliate links can make both you and me very happy!
Quick overview, in case you just want to jump to the product that you are looking for:
- “Regular” chess sets at Amazon
- Star Wars chess sets at Amazon
- Travel chess set at Amazon
- Chess clocks at Amazon
- Chess sets on ebay
- Lego chess set on ebay
- Travel chess set on ebay
- Chess clocks on ebay
1. “Regular” chess set at Amazon
Product: Brand new hand crafted wooden table
Seller: Brand Chess
Stars out of 5: 4.3 (64/129 being 5 stars)
Weight: 948 g
My thoughts: I used to have one of these before (got left behind when we moved house a couple of years ago, and I still weep at night…). I used to really enjoy this board, when it’s both good to play on and wonderful to look at! The visuals are just magnificent, if you ask me (and since this is “my thoughts”, I guess you are!).
It’s not the greatest for speed chess, but good enough, and in my opinion this board really makes up for it by the way it looks.
The seller is a trusted one, with lots of different quality products on Amazon, and having sold a lot of different products.
My overall rating: 4.5/5
2. Star Wars chess set at Amazon
Product: Star Wars chess set
Stars out of 5: 4.0 (2/4 being 5 stars)
Weight: 862 g
My thoughts: I’ve never had one of these myself, but I definitely could, being a huge Star Wars fan! Especially after having researched the game: It’s pretty cool to be able to have Han Solo and Darth Vader squaring off, as all the silver pieces signals the Rebels (Han Solo, R2-D2), whilst the black pieces are the Imperial characters (Darth Vader, Boba Fat).
The item doesn’t have many reviews, but one of them (a 5’er) announces proudly how the game has led their teenage boy to spend time with friends over the chess board instead of the phone. There’s a seller’s argument!
This board is probably not the greatest for a smooth game (piece movement), but the buyer should know this, and also know and expect the real value to lie within the piece characters, and the “cool vibe” it gives the game. So, on a pure “cool”-factor I would give it a 5, but playing ability only a 3 or 3.5.
3. Travel chess set at Amazon
Product: Folding magnetic travel chess set
Stars out of 5: 4.8 (21/24 being 5 stars)
Weight: 399 g
My thoughts: Needless to say (having the ‘stars’ in mind), people are happy with this travel chess set. I’ve had a couple of different travel set’s throughout the years, and this looks very reminiscent of one of them. With that in mind, I believe this is a pretty nice one too!
I like the gold and silver pieces, they make it look more HR (remember?), which is kind of cool, since the price is more than affordable. Some might say super cheap…?
Especially with the price in mind – and the reviews (read them at the bottom of the link) – this is an easy buy!
4. Chess clocks at Amazon
Product: FIDE approved Chess Clock
Stars out of 5: 4.3 (7/11 being 5 stars)
Weight: 399 g
My thoughts: You can find cheaper chess clocks out there, but this one – for someone who has played A LOT of chess games – is hands down my choice by far!
I have one myself, and I would encourage you to get the exact same! There are of course more good ones out there, but if you’re in need of a chess clock, my recommendation is this one!
Very easy and good to use, easy to set-up and restart. Two words:
5. Chess set at ebay
Product: Stunning Senator wooden chess set
Positive feedback: 98.8%
Stars out of 5: 4.3 (with 4/7 being 5 stars)
My thoughts: Much like the one from Amazon in #1 on this list, this is also a very nice board, both for playing on yourself, or as a gift to someone you care about very much! (because that’s what a chess board gift says… )
It’s not the best for a speedy game, but for just a relaxing game, it’s perfect! That said, once you’ve played enough chess games, you maneuver your pieces pretty well on any type of chess board. This one is no exception!
By now you might know enough about me to not be absolutely paralyzed by the following comment:
I recommend this board!
My overall rating: 4.5/5
6. Lego chess set at ebay
Product: Lego chess set
Positive feedback: 100%
My thoughts: Although I never did, I know I would have loved to have this as kid!
It’s obviously not built for speed chess, but games like this one are always fun to play on, and I can see kids playing chess here for hours!
As with the Star Wars set in #2, I wanted to find something a bit out of the ordinary, and this really meets that criteria! It’s fun, it’s different, but at the same time, not so different that it’s not actually possible to play on it. That can sometimes be the problem with these games, but – and I say this without having tried it myself – this looks like a game the whole family could have some good fun with!
7. Travel chess set at ebay
Positive feedback: 97.9%
My thoughts: A very simple, but neat travel chess set. I have one of these myself, and they are quite handy. Small, but not too small. Easy to carry around, have in your bag, and then easy to whip out and set up when you reach your destination or wait for your pizza.
There are many types and styles of travel chess boards, but this is in my opinion one of the best-looking ones. The colors are actually just very nice on this board, as opposed to some boards where some the black pieces (especially the pawns) “drown” within the black squares.
Fine choice for a travel set, this one!
8. Chess clock at ebay
Product: LEAP digital chess clock
Positive feedback: 99.3%
Stars out of 5: 5.0 (2 reviews)
My thoughts: Not the DGT we saw in #4, but still a very good chess clock. I’ve of course tried this one too, and have no troubles with recommending this one too.
My intention here is to promote quality chess products, and this one really falls under that category!
In short: If you can’t find a DGT where you’re at, then get the LEAP instead!
My overall rating: 4.8/5
The array of accessories
There are so many products to choose from on any one of these two sites, let alone combining the two!
My intention is to use my expertise (I am not an expert in many things, but I have after all played chess for almost 30 years now, and consider my level of knowledge to be quite adequate when it comes to the topic) to guide you guys to just a few of the really good products out there.
If my specific product doesn’t suit your need, then maybe at the least I’m leading you in the right direction, towards you getting yourself the perfect one! In my opinion, chess is…well,
THE GREATEST GAME THERE IS!
(I could have said “board game” here, but I’m bold! :p )
Hence, I want you all to have the right accessories. And I truly mean this:
It would make my day to know that I helped you just a little bit, and that your day and days to come have become a little bit better from it!
Let me know if you ended up buying any of the products, if you want me to do reviews on other ones, if you feel like I did a poor job (God forbid…), or anything else.
Drop me a comment below!