Chess is one of the world’s most ancient games of strategy. For centuries, it has occupied the minds of adults and children alike and helped players hone the skills of strategy and forethought. The game of chess has been known to bring people together, breed creativity and focus, build confidence, and exercise the brain while building problem-solving skills. If you are considering entering into the competitive and thrilling world of chess tournaments, you will want to invest in one of these amazing tournament chess sets.
1. Ultimate Tournament Chess Set Companion
From The House of Staunton, this ultimate chess companion set comes with everything you need to foray into the world of chess tournaments. This premium-quality set comes complete with a championship series of wooden chessmen, a folding wooden tourney chessboard, the best-selling tourney bag, and a player’s score book. This set more than meets the standards and regulations set forth by the US Chess Federation and FIDE regarding official tournament use.
The championship series wooden chessmen features a tournament-sized chess set. The king is 3.75″ with a 1.5″ base. The chessmen are hand carved by master artisans known as the best around. They boast the ultimate in craftsmanship and materials as they are constructed from the highest-grade woods. The pieces features a lustrous finish and are weighted with billiard-cloth base pads for easy manoeuvring around the board. This set is an impressive reproduction of the European pattern chessmen used at the major international chess events throughout the past decade. These chessmen have been used at the FIDE Olympiads, Dortmund, Linares, Wijik Aan Zee, and numerous others.
Folding Wooden Chessboard
The folding wooden chessboard is a full-sized tournament chessboard with 2.25″ squares. The board is crafted in Europe and is available in two combinations. This maple and mahogany option features light and dark squares within a maple frame. The chessboards are 0.5″ thick and are veneered to a perfect satin finish for durability. It comes complete with the rank-and-file labels designating it as the perfect training tool.
Tournament Carrying Bag
This tournament carrying bag sets the industry standard as the most impressive carrying bag on the market. The bag is designed to safely and easily transport all of your tournament chess-playing needs: folding chess board, pieces, score book, timers, and pencils. Measuring 26″ by 14″, it has a shoulder strap and additional nylon carrying handles. There is a cellphone holder, a drink holder, and a large external pocket for additional storage. A handy bandoleer section safely holds and transports each individual chess piece. This sizeable storage bag has additional space for books and anything else you need to take along with you.back to menu ↑
2. DGT North American Chess Combination Set
The chessmen feature the traditional Staunton pattern made from the high-density plastic designed with durability and longevity in mind. The king is 3.75″ with a 1.5″ diameter base. The 34-piece set includes two extra queens and are triple-weighted for extra stability and easily manoeuvring around the board.
This vinyl chessboard has 2.25″ squares and is crafted from high-grade vinyl that is resistant to art, spills, tearing or fading. The rank-and-file labels line the four sides for beginners to play with ease. The board rolls up tightly into a tube so it can be easily stored and transported.
Deluxe Chess Bag
This deluxe chess bag is 24″ x 9″ and is ideal for holding and transporting all your chess equipment, including your clock, board, scorebook, pencils and chess pieces. The two zippered compartments are idea for safely storing the pieces with internal loops to hold the rolled-up chessboard. The removable shoulder strap and nylon handles make it a cinch for carrying to and from tournaments. Capable of holding any chess clock, this deluxe chess bag is designed with usability and portability in mind.
DGT North American Chess Clock
This top-of-the-line digital chess clock is manufactured by DGT Projects, known as the world’s leading chess clock companies. The clock features a large LCD display, an easy to use quick-set option. The clock features a time, time and guillotine, 2X guillotine, time & repeating time, bonus options, single periods, and bonus tournament modes to choose from.back to menu ↑
3. Super Tournament Chess Combination Set
This super tournament chess set has enjoyed the title as one of the top selling chess sets for advanced players for over five years. This set features the Staunton Hastings chess pieces, 20″ square flex pad, chess board, and deluxe carrying bag. This set has since been updated with a new Flex Pad chessboard to improve upon the playing experience. The equipment in this combo set exceeds club and tourney standards. This set suits a variety of players form club players to tourney players, rapid or blitz players.
The set features 32 pieces with extra queens for promotion. The king is 3 7/8″ tall, and the pieces weight 2.75 lbs. They are made from solid plastic with a non-glare finish. They are heavily weighted for added stability with a green felt base.
The board size is 20″ x 20″ and features squares of 2 1/4″. The board weights 9.8 oz, known to be approximately 40-percent heavier than average vinyl boards. The thickness is 1/16″ for the ultimate in compact craftsmanship.
The carrying bag is 24″ x 8″ x 6″ and comes with a comfortable padded shoulder strap. Zipper protection keeps everything safely stored inside the bag. This bag comfortably holds the board and pieces, clock, or another other important items.back to menu ↑
4. Executive II Tournament Chess Set Combo
This executive tournament chess set combo is stylish and impressive. This set includes the beautiful Staunton pieces, roll-up board, and handy chess bag.
This set comes complete with 34 pieces with extra queens. The king is 3.86″ with a base of 1 5/8″ and a weight of 1.5 oz. The set weights 36.8 oz and has felt bases.
The green vinyl roll-up chessboard is 20″ by 20″ and features 2″ squares. It features algebraic notation and is transported stored with ease.
The bag measures 24″ x 8″ x 3″ and is ideal for carrying sets up to 4 1/4″, with extra queens. The bag is securely stitched with quality zippers for durability. It is well-padded for comfort and has room for a favourite clock and any other important items.back to menu ↑
Regular vs. Tournament Chess Boards
Regular chess boards can come in a wide variety of sizes, thicknesses and styles, and the pieces are available in a variety of sizes. The boards can be raised or made to replicate epic battles throughout history or a specific time period or genre like arthurian or fantasy. For tournament chess boards, players are regulated on what they can use to play. Chess boards have to have 2 1/4″ squares, and the king has to be between 3 3/4″ and 4 1/4″.back to menu ↑
Tourney Chess Set Brands
When it comes to tournament chess set brands, House of Staunton is an established name that is build on craftsmanship, tournament standards, and a classic design. Wegiel, Quadruple, and Yellow Mountain are additional brands that are trusted as premium suppliers of tournament chess boards.back to menu ↑
Tournament Chess Set Pricing and Selection Tips
When it comes to tournament chess set pricing, there is a wide variance depending on name, material, and what the set includes. Sets that come with the board, pieces, a carrying bag, score pad, and a clock are complete and can start anywhere from $50 to $300. House of Staunton feature pieces made by master artisans that are worth the more expensive price tag.
When it comes to selecting your chess set, consider portability, especially with the boards. Some sets have folding wooden boards, while others feature roll-up boards that are the ultimate in compact storage and portability. Choose a set that comes with everything you need and is in line with all tournament regulations. Some people prefer the feel of moving heavier pieces around the board, while others like like pieces, especially when it comes to transporting easily. If you plan on traveling a lot with your set, consider a lightweight set that will be easy to carry around and one that comes with a comfortable carrying bag with padded straps for easy transport.
The world of chess is an enticing one full of intrigue, strategy, history, and craftsmanship. When it comes to selecting your chess set to usher you into the world of chess tournaments, the aforementioned House of Staunton chess set combinations meet all tournament standards and guidelines, come with everything you need, and meet the highest standards of craftsmanship. When it comes to pricing, a set can be purchased for anything between $50 to $300. Some sets allow you to customize by choosing your board and bag. Some sets feature wooden folding boards, while other opt for the ease and portability of the roll-up board. Whatever your preference, selecting a deluxe tournament chess set from the House of Staunton will never leave you lacking in any aspects from style to form and function.