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Giant Chess and Checkers Sets

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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! The suggested age is 8 and older, but we know of many who have purchased this for very young children as their first chess set because of its durability.  Those of you who are experienced chess players will find a new element of fun and strategy as you use this set indoors or outside.

We have these giant sets available in a variety of sizes, ranging from an 8" king to the much larger 25" king, and you can make them even taller than that with the available 12" extensions.

Fill the bases of the 25" sets with sand or water to weigh them down for outside use, or keep them light for young children. They're great for backyard, indoor, school, resort, hotel, park, library, or club use!

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