Originally posted by kmac27
i'd say 200 to 300 is enough. some of the higher priced items are basically because they are made by a certain designer not that they are any better. http://www.thechessstore.com/category/015.1.100/
the more expensive chess sets are made out of different kinds of wood that have a distinct pattern to them. you could buy a nice board for home and then a board ...[text shortened]... you could take to places and not worry about it if it gets stolen because it was only 30 bucks.
This is the one i want
and this is the tournament ones, the one at the bottom is only $29 + delivery, so it's quite reasonable....
maybe you could get cheaper buying local, or ebay.