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  1. 03 Oct '13 12:50
    Hi, I'm a designer and in the process of producing a new chess set. What I'd like to know is which is the most popular style of piece for online players? - mine is 'Book'.
  2. Subscriber Russ
    RHP Code Monkey
    03 Oct '13 13:10 / 3 edits
  3. Subscriber Kewpie
    chess dummy
    03 Oct '13 13:17
    Alpha is better than Book for people with vision problems. I've played quite a lot with both.
  4. Subscriber C J Horse
    A stable personality
    03 Oct '13 14:46
    I use Book, purely because it's the style I have been used to seeing in print all my life and I recognise all the pieces automatically. I feel sure that if I used one of the more obscure sets (however pretty) it would interfere greatly with my thinking.
  5. Standard member RevRSleeker
    CerebrallyChallenged
    03 Oct '13 21:07
    Originally posted by Campaigner
    Hi, I'm a designer and in the process of producing a new chess set. What I'd like to know is which is the most popular style of piece for online players? - mine is 'Book'.
    After a few years utilising 'Book' ( which I think is the default setting anyway ? ), I changed briefly to 'Alpha'...but I've been more than content with my use of 'Merida', and have been so for a couple of years now...

    It would be great if you could share with us some of your designs, hopefully in the near future
  6. 03 Oct '13 22:02
    Originally posted by RevRSleeker
    After a few years utilising 'Book' ( which I think is the default setting anyway ? ), I changed briefly to 'Alpha'...but I've been more than content with my use of 'Merida', and have been so for a couple of years now...

    It would be great if you could share with us some of your designs, hopefully in the near future
    I use book.
  7. 12 Oct '13 18:38
    Yes - 'Book' seems to be the most common! Thanks everyone for the input.
  8. Standard member Tygert
    Quantum Physicist
    14 Oct '13 07:17
    Originally posted by Campaigner
    Yes - 'Book' seems to be the most common! Thanks everyone for the input.
    I like newspaper and perhaps a less intrusive version of merida would be nice. I like newspaper because the pieces are small and the board doesn't look cramped.
  9. Subscriber Ponderable
    chemist
    14 Oct '13 08:45
    I am also a newspaper user. If I think about it Tygert may have pointed me to that set. I tend just to take the suggestion of a site if I am playing online
  10. Standard member RevRSleeker
    CerebrallyChallenged
    14 Oct '13 13:44
    Originally posted by Tygert
    I like newspaper and perhaps a less intrusive version of merida would be nice. I like newspaper because the pieces are small and the board doesn't look cramped.
    I use 'merida', I find it ideal... but I was curious what you meant when you suggest 'a less intrusive version of merida would be nice' ? I'm just curious
  11. Subscriber Kewpie
    chess dummy
    14 Oct '13 22:18 / 1 edit
    It's interesting that more than 91% of players use one of the four 2-dimensional outline pieces which are variants of the traditional newspaper design. Admittedly there's a "donkey vote" involved in the use of the default set, but the next 3 choices are still more heavily used than any of the 3-dimensional and exotic sets, which may look prettier but to my mind make the board position harder to see.