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Choosing The Right Size Chessboard

Finding a chessboard to fit your space can be a challenging prospect - but we have a few simple guidelines to help make things go easier. Before you decide on a size, however, be sure to consider the colour of the furniture and other items that will be in the same room as your chess set.

More often than not the wood that the chessboard and chess pieces are made from provides a contrast or a blend of colours to compliment the room. Once you've decided on a list of possible woods and colours, you need to then find out if the chessboard you want will fit! Here are some things that you can do to help:

  1. Once you know the dimensions of the chessboard you are interested in, stick together some sheets of plain paper and draw the outer dimension of the chessboard on them. Fill the rest of the paper with squares and borders of the correct measurements. Carry this fake board around your home and try it out on your table tops.
  2. Consider making two or three fake boards of different dimensions to see which looks best. You can't be sure that the chessboard you want is really the one that you should have for the space. It makes sense to give yourself some options so you really know.
  3. If you already have chess pieces that you are going to use, be sure to place those on your fake chessboard to make sure that the bases of the pieces fit as you'd like them to. As important as it is to have the right size chessboard for your tabletop, it's also important to have the right sized squares for the pieces. There are no rules and beauty really is in the eye of the beholder! Seeing the whole setup in front of you will give you an idea of how the final chess set will look.
  4. Get someone else's opinion - this can't be overstated! You can easily become blind to an ideal, but a second opinion can go miles before you spend your hard earned cash.

With a few scraps of paper and some tape you can be sure that you will find the right sized chessboard for your space! Of course it won't improve your chess, but your chess set is sure to look fantastic!

Graeme M Knight

Graeme M Knight and Ling Pan own and operate Cool Chess Canada from a fun and friendly office located in Aurora, Ontario.