Chess sets for tournaments are typically made of plastic Staunton pieces and a roll-up vinyl board. These sets are the most common type used in clubs, tournaments, and schools, and are usually 3.75 inches in size. For decades, important FIDE events in the U. S.
have used plastic pieces, while wood was used in Europe. Our collection of tournament chess sets are authentic reproductions of the games played by Grandmasters in different competitions. Whether you're a beginner or an expert in chess, all tournament chess sets come with well-weighted pieces and a tournament-sized wooden board. If you're just looking for tournament chess pieces, they can be found in the categories of Tournament Chess Pieces and Staunton Chess Pieces.
For example, a set of pieces designed for a checkerboard with 57 mm (2.25 inch) squares typically has a king about 95 mm (3.75 in) tall. The oldest chess sets adopted abstract forms following the traditional Muslim sets of the game Shatranj. Chess sets come in a wide variety of styles, sometimes for ornamental rather than practical purposes. Chess boxes, clocks, and tables are common pieces of equipment used in conjunction with chess games.
We also have a variety of wooden chess boards and Spanish chess boards that are manufactured according to FIDE standards. These boards roll up and unroll easily for storage, and resist the toughest breaks, spills, and abuse. The Player's Choice collection was common, but outnumbered by the USCF's special solid plastic sets at daily tournaments. The Marshall chess club had a nice plastic set on hand for its events in the 70s, as evidenced by several photos. Chess USA is the leading American retailer of chess sets, pieces, boards, and more.
These pieces are durable for lightning and can also be used to analyze the games of the best players in the history of chess. Chess sets are available in a variety of designs, the best known being the Staunton design, named after Howard Staunton, a 19th century English chess player, and designed by Nathaniel Cooke. In computers, chess pieces are usually 2D symbols on a 2D board, although some programs have 3D graphics engines with more traditional chess piece designs.