Chess sets have long been used in homes for recreation. They are also often displayed as beautiful decorative pieces that can make a statement in any room. Whatever your reasons for having one, homes are just not complete unless there is a chess set located there somewhere!
There are many different uses for a beautiful chess set, from beginner play to expert play, and of course, for decorative value. But the very best reason to have one is that anyone, at almost any age, can engage in the historically royal, aristocratic game of chess.
Chess sets for beginner play and expert play do not have to differ very much. Choosing one is a matter of personal preference and it generally comes down to four factors: size, style, material, and budget.
Chess pieces and chess boards come in a variety of materials, such as wood, stone, or metal. Chess pieces, or “chessmen,” can be crafted in many different styles, from a classic Staunton set to a more modern style, with many styles in between. Chess pieces should be chosen in a size that is going to be comfortable for the primary users of the game. Small pieces may be a good option for children and for portability, while larger pieces may be more comfortable to an adult. It truly is personal–What “feels” right to you? The bases of the chessmen selected should dictate the size of the chess board. The board squares should be roughly 1.25 – 1.3 times the size of the king base to ensure adequate space and fit.
Chess equipment is generally made from three primary types of materials. Let’s take a closer look at these various material options from which to choose:
Wood is, without a doubt, the most popular 免费象棋 material used to make chess equipment. Chess boards and pieces can both be made of wood. There are many fabulous sets, crafted from a variety of woods and finishes that will last for decades. Wooden chess sets are sturdy and strong and they will add a beautiful and sophisticated touch to your chess play and your setting. Some of the more popular types of woods used for chess sets today are rosewood, sheesham, ebony, and boxwood.
• Rosewood is a beautiful, deep-colored wood that is durable and generally heavier than other woods used in chess sets. It’s natural coloring runs from a deep rose to a dark brownish-red. Rosewood has natural grains that lend a beautiful, natural look to any wooden chess set.
• Sheesham, which is grown on government plantations in India, is also sometimes referred to as “golden rosewood.” It’s natural coloring ranges from golden to light brown. Sheesham is plentiful and durable, and is a good economic value if you are looking for a high quality wooden chess set for a reasonable price.
• Ebony is a durable, very dense, hard wood that has a beautiful, rich black coloring. It is one of the most expensive woods used in chess sets, but is also one of the most stunning choices one can make.
• Boxwood is another hard and dense wood used in the crafting of wooden chess pieces. It is most often used for the “white” pieces in a chess set, due to its naturally white, or light coloring.
There are many styles of metal chess pieces ranging from classic Staunton pieces to less traditional, yet equally stunning, metal chessmen in unique styles such as Persian, Roman Bust or Renaissance. Metal chess pieces are typically made of brass or nickel. They are generally more costly than a wooden chess set .