Originally posted by Arrak
i'm not sure, are you aloud to bring your own chess set to tournaments? even then i still dont have a car to carry it with me. i mean the official size and weight wooden chess set is a bit to big and heavy just to carry it around. so to answer your question it;ll probeblly stay home. thats why im think of getting stuaton pieces with a vinyl board. what do you think?
For tournaments, usually they expect you to bring your own equipment (board, pieces, clock), at least here in the USA. Most people buy rollup vinyl boards to bring to tournaments, either due to cost, or because they consider it too much of a hassle to lug a full size wooden board around. (I use a rollup board and weighted plastic pieces for tournaments.)
For home use, it really just comes down to your own wishes and desires. A rollup vinyl board and either a weighted plastic set or an inexpensive weighted wooden set won't cost very much and is very practical. On the other hand, if you like the look of wood and have a fat wallet, you might consider a nice wooden board and set for home.
I have a nice wooden board and set at home, but I seldom use it. I couldn't really justify the cost, but I splurged and got it anyway. However, 95 percent of the time, I use a cheap travel analysis set at home, simply because its small size is soooo convenient to use.
A few tips:
Do a lot of shopping before you decide. As you look at more sets and boards, you may think of more questions to ask.
If you decide on a wooden board, remember that most wooden boards don't have the coordinate numbers and letters like the rollup boards do. So if you think you need coordinates on the board, keep this in mind.
Also, if there's a chance that you might use the board in a tournament, make sure the board's squares are regulation size.
Regardless of whether you choose plastic or wooden pieces, I'd recommend that they be heavily weighted. Of course, they should be sized to match the board you're using.
If you decide to enter tournaments, you'll probably also need to get a chess clock, if you don't already have one.