Q: What would constitute as a "tournament size" chess set?

Steve Schwartz

First of all, it is important to distinguish between what chess sets a tournament player HAS to take to a tournament and what the average citizen can play on informally.

There are no rules or regulations for the 99.999999999% of the population that happens to play chess. But the tournament player is a bit more restricted by the rules. And the rules pretty much dictate that the chess board have 2 ¼" squares, and the king from the set of chess pieces be between 3 ¾" and 4 ¼".

In fact, the vast majority of tournament players use plastic chess pieces and roll-up vinyl or "mousepad" chess boards. These are quite inexpensive (even the most expensive of them).

But don't get hung up on that fact if you are not a tournament chess player. Any size that fits your needs will be absolutely fine. When you are looking for a chess set for home use, you may find that a tournament standard chess set is simply too large. A wood chess board with a 2 1/4" square can be 20" x 20", which is not easily placed!

Many will go with a 15 - 18" chess board with chess pieces that have a 3" king. It is large enough to play chess comfortably and can fit on most coffee or side tables!

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Now that you've got an idea of the sizing guidelines, feel free to take a look at our assortment of tournament chess sets via this link: Tournament Chess Sets

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