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Preparing for a Tournament

posted April 21, 2014

Here's a brief rundown on regulations for chess supplies your chess club should consider when planning for competition in a chess tournament:

Tournament Chess Pieces

Chess pieces can be made of wood or plastic. King height should be 3.75 to 4 inches. Most players prefer heavy pieces, however most tournaments do not regulate weight of the pieces. Staunton style is the recommended tournament play style. Chess sets should have both light and dark pieces that are clearly differentiated and have substantial contrast in colors. It's important that your chess pieces are not too shiny - they can cast an obnoxious glare.

Tournament Chess Boards

Most tournaments will allow wood, vinyl, plastic, or cardboard. Vinyl rollup boards are most popular for both their ease of use and low cost. The important marker of a tournament chess board is that the contrast in the colors used be significant enough. Also, the boards should not have a shiny finish. The most popular square size is 2-2.5 inches.

Tournament Chess Clocks

Both analog (mechanical) and digital chess clocks are acceptable at most tournaments. Chess Clocks should show at all times the remaining time left for both players. The display need to be legible from a distance of 10 feet away.

You can find all of these chess supplies for tournaments here on the Wholesale Chess website.



posted March 28, 2014

If you have a child who enjoys learning and playing chess, you should encourage that as much as is healthy. Chess has great social and intellectual benefits that can affect other aspects of their life. But remember that chess is a part of life, not the purpose of life. You might find a few fun chess items for kids for them to enjoy.


Make sure you know how your child is feeling about chess. If they are feeling burned out then pressuring them may just turn them off more. If they are hungry for chess and you are not feeding that, they make get frustrated.


Always make sure that your child knows how much you love them regardless of whether they are winning or losing their chess games. Never show disappointment at their performance - they are most likely frustrated enough on their own!


Chess Sets

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