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Back To School!


Time flies when you're having fun, and unfortunately, that means that summer vacation is nearly over! Those of you who have children, are teachers, or are coaches know that it's time to get ready to get back to school. Of course, you'll have backpacks, notebooks, textbooks, lunch boxes, and erasers, but we thought we'd remind you of far more important supplies - your chess gear!

Board & Pieces

Basic Board & Pieces Set

Every good chess player needs two things: a board and some pieces. There are plenty of choices as to piece size, weight, and color, as well as board material. If you're in charge of a school club, the important thing to remember is that you need one board and one set of pieces for every two students. For beginners, you might be interested in our  Basic Board and Pieces Sets, which are economically designed with unweighted plastic pieces and basic vinyl roll-up boards. They meet all tournament regulations. More intermediate to advanced players might want something a little more high-end and detailed, like a silicone board and some Traditional Staunton pieces.

Chess Bags

Chess Bag Size Comparison

Once you've got your board and pieces, it's time to think about all of the other helpful equipment you should probably have. It's much easier to carry your gear around in a bag - and we have a great selection to help you find what's most convenient for your situation. You might want something just for the pieces, such as a Perfect-Fit Bag, or you might want something that can hold all the gear you want to take to and from tournaments, such as a Carry-All Bag.

Chess Clocks

Chronos Chess Clock

As you get better, you'll want to improve your game and prepare for tournaments with a chess clock. There are many different types of clocks, including both analog and digital. For clubs and those who don't need complicated timing methods, analog clocks as well as Chronos clocks, like the one pictured above, are very high-end clocks. Metal casing and either push button or touch switch controls make them well-known in the chess community.

Demo Chess Sets

Demonstration Chess

If you're doing any teaching, Demo Boards make it a lot easier in classroom or club settings. Larger, vertical boards, complete with stars for showing moves, are easy for students to see, learn, and analyze. There are many options.

Other Chess Accessories

Chess Scorebooks

We have a great selection of other accessories you might want, including pencils, wristbands, keychains, scorebooks, and more. We even have plenty of books, workbooks, and wood sets to get you on your way.


□ Chess Pieces
□ Chess Board
□ Chess Bag
□ Chess Clock
□ Demo Set
□ Scorebook
□ Pencils, Keychains, Stickers, and Other Chess Accessories

Giant Chess and Checkers Sets

Today we show you how to get your kids off the couch and their minds working with our Giant Chess and Checkers Sets.  These sets are much larger than the standard size set which makes them much more fun for kids to play with.  Enjoy it on the back lawn or in the family room! [...]

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3 Tips To Defend In Chess

It can be unpleasant to face an incoming attack, but learning how to defend is absolutely necessary for any developing chess player. Here are three tips to help you when defending:Try to exchange as many pieces as possible, especially queens. If you can reduce your opponent's attacking forces, you can minimize the danger for your [...]

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Chess Trivia And Anecdotes

This is an excerpt of a long list of humorous, educational, and otherwise interesting trivia and anecdotes involving players and games throughout the history of chess. The list was compiled by Bill Wall. "In 1864, George Mackenzie (1837-1891), a former Captain in the Union army, was arrested and imprisoned for desertion from the Union army. [...]

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Time To Recruit More Girls To Play Chess

The disparity in the number of girls playing chess has been well documented. As students approach middle school, the number of girls playing chess drops off. If we want more girls to play chess at the highest levels, we have to bring more girls into the game at an earlier age. Take a look at your [...]

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Is The King Ever Taken?

Written by Laura Sherman of YourChessCoach.com One common misconception that I hear a lot, is that in a game of chess, the king can be captured. It makes sense, since every other chess piece can be taken. However, during the game, the king is never removed from the board. Sometimes a student of ours will become [...]

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My Chess Camp In New York

My second-ever chess camp was in New York City, in the summer, whereas my first was held in St. Louis during the winter. Marshall Chess Club generously let us use its club as a place to hold the US Chess School. The field was very strong, with 14 NMs and a few FMs. This group included me, Jennifer [...]

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The 2015 World Youth Championship

The 2015 World Youth Chess Championship was held at Porto Carras Resort in Greece from October 24 to November 6. Porto Carras is a beautiful resort with charming villages. We took a two-hour bus ride from the Thessaloniki airport to the resort. It was well worth the long trip. The resort is right by the sea [...]

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Chess Develops Teamwork

Chess develops a sense of teamwork amongst children. After all, they are a general in charge of 16 chess pieces, marshalling them all toward the enemy king’s defeat.  Each piece has benefits and weaknesses. If you only play with a favorite chess piece, you will learn how limiting that piece is. Even the queen doesn’t work [...]

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Chess Holiday Buying Guide

Chess sets and equipment make great gifts for the holidays. Multiple studies have shown that playing chess has many benefits including but not limited to an increase in memory function, problem-solving skills, creativity, social skills, concentration and much more. ( 10 Big Benefits of Playing Chess) Playing chess is a great way to move kids [...]

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