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Old 09-07-2020, 07:37 AM   #1
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Does anyone here play Chess? Do you prefer online or an app or an actual board game version? I am looking to get a decent Chess set, nothing too crazy but something quality. I've been looking at chesshouse.com as well as a few other places but have yet to be able to settle on a particular set. Any advice?
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Old 09-07-2020, 08:40 AM   #2
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I enjoy chess, but I haven't played in years. I haven't played enough to call myself a rookie.
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Does anyone here play Chess? Do you prefer online or an app or an actual board game version? I am looking to get a decent Chess set, nothing too crazy but something quality. I've been looking at chesshouse.com as well as a few other places but have yet to be able to settle on a particular set. Any advice?
I used to play Chess quite often as a teenager, and we even had a chess club at school. To be fair, I haven't played for a good 30 years or so, and I've never played an online or electronic version - only ever played on a good old fashioned chess board.

There are a couple of good websites for you to explore - here's a UK site which has some very nice sets with varying prices including some luxury sets. They do export worldwide:

https://www.regencychess.co.uk/

Another one if you want to have a look:

https://www.chesssets.co.uk/
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Old 09-08-2020, 01:37 AM   #4
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I've always really enjoyed Chess. I prefer to play in person when feasible but I've dabbled with a few online free apps as well. I've seen some really elaborate sets but one of my personal favorites was a simple glass set that I picked up for my Dad in 2004 or so from KB Toys. It's a simple frosted Glass/clear glass board and pieces and looks nice though isn't stupidly expensive. I've unfortunately never found a duplicate set since KB Toys went out of business in 2007 despite searching Toys R Us and a few other retailers.

Similar to this though not exactly...

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I've always really enjoyed Chess.
Yes, the same with me, I used to really enjoy playing too. At school we would have competitions and I got to play fairly regularly, plus I'd have a game or two with my dad at home who in fact taught me how to play it when I was very young.

Despite not having played for quite some time now, I still remember the rules but I think it would take me a few games to get back in the groove, so to speak.

A couple of years ago I was looking around in an antique shop and came across a beautiful chess set with really elaborate chess pieces - looked like medieval figurines. The pieces and board were in superb condition, and although it was going for a fairly hefty price, I was extremely tempted. I walked out and was mulling over it for a short time while I was in another store, and when I decided to go for it and returned to the antique shop, somebody had beaten me to it and it was gone! I was kicking myself.
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Old 09-08-2020, 03:07 PM   #6
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love chess, but like others in here, have not played in quite some time unfortunately. used to play quite a bit in high school with a friend of mine but those days are nearly 20 years ago now...where did the time go?

anyway, to answer your question, online/app based play is just not the same. i personally only like playing on an actual board with someone. i always wanted a really nice board, almost decorative that i could leave out in a room and will get one at some point....i'll try and find the site and post here but these were like high end boards....

another thing to note, im not sure about the glass pieces/boards but i had a marble set growing up and pieces would break being dropped etc...i wouldnt recommend for that reason although it did look very nice....i have a really nice metal set but the pieces are not your standard looking pieces and when playing with someone knew, they get confused as to what piece is what sometimes....so also something to think about if looking for a "different" style of pieces
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love chess, but like others in here, have not played in quite some time unfortunately. used to play quite a bit in high school with a friend of mine but those days are nearly 20 years ago now...where did the time go?

anyway, to answer your question, online/app based play is just not the same. i personally only like playing on an actual board with someone.
I remember seeing electronic chess games way back in the late 70's while I was at high school, but I never tried playing them so I don't know how reliable they were back then. However like yourself, I would much prefer playing against somebody else on a chess board.

I still have an old wooden set, but it's just one with traditional chess pieces which my dad used to use - so it is quite old.
Having looked at those websites posted above, I really like the look of some of the more expensive sets. I do agree with you about buying glass or marble chess pieces though - I'd be worrying all the time about breaking them, although they are beautiful to look at for sure.
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I remember seeing electronic chess games way back in the late 70's while I was at high school, but I never tried playing them so I don't know how reliable they were back then. However like yourself, I would much prefer playing against somebody else on a chess board.

I still have an old wooden set, but it's just one with traditional chess pieces which my dad used to use - so it is quite old.
Having looked at those websites posted above, I really like the look of some of the more expensive sets. I do agree with you about buying glass or marble chess pieces though - I'd be worrying all the time about breaking them, although they are beautiful to look at for sure.
yea, i have a nice wooden set too but i want to invest in an expensive set that is also essentially a piece of art? decoration for the room. not doing that yet though as i have 2 kids, 3 and 5, and not dealing with them playing with it or knocking it over etc lol...

i had an electronic board, probably early 90's, where you play against a computer, lights on board tell you where to move the pieces.... yea, well, idk if i was just too young our what but the computer was IMPOSSIBLE to even come close to winning
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yea, i have a nice wooden set too but i want to invest in an expensive set that is also essentially a piece of art? decoration for the room. not doing that yet though as i have 2 kids, 3 and 5, and not dealing with them playing with it or knocking it over etc lol...

i had an electronic board, probably early 90's, where you play against a computer, lights on board tell you where to move the pieces.... yea, well, idk if i was just too young our what but the computer was IMPOSSIBLE to even come close to winning
That set which I missed out on at the antique shop would have been perfect as room decoration too - it's certainly taught me a lesson.....if you see something you like, buy it straight away (as long as you can afford it).

Yes, you have to be a bit careful if you have kids in the house. I'm alright in that respect - I have my elderly parents living with me now as I have to care for them, but at least I know they won't break anything of mine.
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That set which I missed out on at the antique shop would have been perfect as room decoration too - it's certainly taught me a lesson.....if you see something you like, buy it straight away (as long as you can afford it).

Yes, you have to be a bit careful if you have kids in the house. I'm alright in that respect - I have my elderly parents living with me now as I have to care for them, but at least I know they won't break anything of mine.
i actually had a similar experience in terms of not buying a set...

i used to frequent the casinos near near me quite a bit in my early 20's (Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun). Would basically go weekly, if not twice a week during the "poker boom"...anyway, i was building up a lot of credit on my players card and i had seen this gorgeous set in one of the stores. as you can imagine, a high end chess set being sold in a casino was not cheap to say the least, $500+. i was trying to get enough credit from gambling to be able to buy it for "free"...yea, well, i never built up enough credit and when i was ready to pay the difference out of pocket....yea, they no longer had the set in the store...was not happy...so like i now tell my wife, if you see something you like, buy it as it will likely be gone when you go back to get it
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i actually had a similar experience in terms of not buying a set...

i used to frequent the casinos near near me quite a bit in my early 20's (Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun). Would basically go weekly, if not twice a week during the "poker boom"...anyway, i was building up a lot of credit on my players card and i had seen this gorgeous set in one of the stores. as you can imagine, a high end chess set being sold in a casino was not cheap to say the least, $500+. i was trying to get enough credit from gambling to be able to buy it for "free"...yea, well, i never built up enough credit and when i was ready to pay the difference out of pocket....yea, they no longer had the set in the store...was not happy...so like i now tell my wife, if you see something you like, buy it as it will likely be gone when you go back to get it
That's absolutely right, once it's gone then that's the end of that.

When I was a kid, we used to live in the city and I always remember seeing a store which sold all sorts of games, everything from chess, backgammon, draughts, dominoes, etc....any board game you could think of, they would stock it. Unfortunately it closed down quite a long time ago now, as have various other specialist high street shops. It used to be next door to a tobacconist as I recall, and that's disappeared as well. Now you have to buy chess sets online instead, which is fine, but it would be nice to actually see them first.
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I played chess for the first time almost 20 years ago, when I was in my early 20s. I was with my ex visiting her mother for a couple of weeks, she had a chess set... We were looking for something to do one night, so my ex taught me how to play. I really got into it for a little while, I bought a little frosted glass set just like the one that member TripleHBK posted up the page a bit. I taught my younger brother how to play, he really got into it too. A couple of years after learning to play, I walked past a game shop, and noticed a larger set in their display window, which I really liked, so I bought it. I gave the glass one to my brother. Unfortunately it's been collecting dust for about a decade, I haven't used it in ages... It currently sits on the tallboy in my bedroom as a bit of a decor piece:

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A couple of years after learning to play, I walked past a game shop, and noticed a larger set in their display window, which I really liked, so I bought it. I gave the glass one to my brother. Unfortunately it's been collecting dust for about a decade, I haven't used it in ages... It currently sits on the tallboy in my bedroom as a bit of a decor piece:
That's a beautiful chess set. Even if I had no idea how to play, I would be proud to own that set as a decor piece. I also like the one posted by TripleHBK earlier on. This has given me an incentive to get myself a nice set - like I've been promising myself for some time. My old one is fine but it's got a few knocks here and there through years of use, so it's time for an upgrade.
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I learned to play in HS back in the early 90's and haven't played since I graduated in 95. I occasionally played on a phone app. It'a a thinking mans game. You always have to play a few moves ahead. As I posted this, I'm checking the windows store for chess games for my pc.
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For the price I really like this set:

https://www.houseofstaunton.com/the-...ion-15016.html
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For the price I really like this set:

https://www.houseofstaunton.com/the-...ion-15016.html
Very nice indeed. Go on, treat yourself - you won't regret it.
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I am the only one in my family that knows how to play it.
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I love playing Chess. Def prefer playing on a board than playing online.
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My dad taught me how to play chess. Unfortunately, I havenít played it in years. I have an electronic chess board that I got from JCPenney.
It has a difficulty setting of up to 100. I played it on level 2 and got my butt whooped and never played it again.
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