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Giant Chess & Checkers Sets

Updated June 30th, 2016

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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Three Tips to Defend in Chess

May 20th, 2016

Written by FM Kostya Kavutskiy

Tips for Chess Defense

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 position. Queen exchanges usually make the life of a defender much simpler, as there is less chance of getting mated. Additionally, the defender should try to trade off the opponent's most active pieces.
  • Give back extra material to fend off the attack. If your opponent has sacrificed material against you to launch an attack, try giving back some of your extra material to ease the pressure and reduce the opponent's attacking potential. A timely defensive exchange sacrifice (giving up a rook for a menacing knight/bishop) could stop the attack in its tracks.
  • When in doubt, counterattack! Sometimes "the best defense is a good offense" can really ring true in chess. Often the most effective way to curb your opponent's initiative is to create your own threats for them to worry about. In positions with opposite-side castling, this is simply mandatory. Otherwise it'll be just a matter of time before your opponent's attack crashes through.

This article was presented by Chess.com and Chesskid.com.

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Chess Sets

Wholesale Chess is home to one of the best selections of chess sets on the web! We offer many different styles and types to choose from including club chess sets, tournament chess sets, wood sets, and even travel sets! Every set comes with the right pieces and board to fit your needs and many come in a variety of fun colors! Find your personal chess set right here at Wholesale Chess.

More than Just Chess Sets

Sure, our strength lies in chess sets, chess pieces, and other chess supplies ... but Wholesale Chess also offers a wide variety of classic games available at very low prices.

Why Buy From Wholesale Chess?

We do everything we can to offer you the best price possible. We also offer quantity discounts on many of our most popular items and ship for free to the contiguous US when your order total is $60 or greater.

We pride ourselves in offering an efficient and friendly shopping experience. Our customer service is second to none. Our customer reviews tell the story. We're serious about our customers! We stand behind the products we sell and want you to be completely happy with the items you purchase from us.