Originally posted by ChesswickAMEN ! The "Super Tournament" set from wholesale chess is it. Don't get a wooden board, you'll look like a n00B if you show up at a tournament with one under your arm.
I just now read your options. That "Super Tournament" board from Wholesale Chess is exactly the one I have. It's a good board for such purposes.
Originally posted by TyrannosauruschexShow up at a tournament with a big wooden board under your arm and you will look like the biggest doofus in the room. The other players will make fun of you and laugh behind your back. They will smile and wink at each other as you pass by. The tournament director will point you out as "the guy with the lumber yard".
The folding boads are usually ok, and take up half as much space.
Wooden boards are nice for playing games at home, or in a club, but not really great to carry around.
Originally posted by exigentskyDon't take what they say as gospel. A nice wooden set an board is a lovely thing though the boards may be difficult to transport. I personally prefer the higher end boards with more friction where the pieces don't slide. They tend to also have better material on the bottom so the entire board doesn't slide. I would make your judgment based on budget, price and if you care to carry a large board to a tournament.
Based on everyone's comments, I've decided against a wooden board. It will have to be a roll-up. Moreover, it will be vinyl because I've read that the mousepad material may smell, peel more easily and as mentioned here, makes sliding pieces more difficult. However, in that case, it is strange to me that it is advertised as the higher end version. Anyway, ...[text shortened]... ch=exact). Does anyone have any experience with them or heard anything of their reputation?
Originally posted by exigentskyI'm not sure beauty is something I'd associate with a vinyl and plastic chess set Anyway, I'm quite sure the quality is pretty much the same between them all. House of Stauntun just paid to have their name branded on the side; it's not like they manufactured them.
In the end, I went for the House of Staunton standard tournament combination: http://houseofstaunton.com/Store/product_name=Design+Your+Own+Standard+Chess+Tournament+Combination+/exact_match=exact It's more expensive than I planned but I hope that its quality and beauty will make up for it. Plus, unlike the others, it actually has a brand name with a real ...[text shortened]... ra confidence. This is especially true if I need to use the warranty or get piece replacements.