What would constitute as a "tournament size" chess set?
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!
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!
Show me some Tournament Chess Sets
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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