A tiny chess set ideal for the serious player who needs a portable set to carry around. Fits conveniently in a bag or brief case and fits in a small space when set up. Not recommended for schools or clubs as the chess pieces are small and easy for kids to misplace (lose).
A full-sized tournament set ideal for elementary schools, clubs with small kids or clubs on a budget. The club chess set is a good option for teaching and works well for serious games. The chess pieces are not weighted. Kicking the table as you walk past could result in a chess game ending up on the floor, but that just adds to the fun!
A little bit of an old fashioned style gives this full-sized solid plastic chess set a bit of a unique look. The chess pieces are heavier than the club set and are solid plastic all the way through. Rather than being ivory or white in colour, these pieces are natural. This means they have a brownish yellow colour to them that makes them a little bit special. Ideal for the individual chess player but usually not purchased by schools or clubs.
The weighted tournament chess set is ideal for the serious player, clubs, or schools with older kids. The pieces are weighted with steel and kicking the table doesn't necessarily mean your chess game will fly in all directions. This set is ideal for blitz or fast games as pieces tend not to topple.
Every so often we change the higher end plastic set. Our current model, the Guardian, is ideal for individual use at home or a coffee shop, etc. The pieces are bigger and heavier and good for small hands. Perhaps not the best suited to schools and clubs as the chess set doesn't follow the normal Staunton pattern expected in touraments.
My current favourite chess set, but not to everyone's taste. The chess pieces are made from food-grade silicone and are almost indestructible! All of the chess sets above have green felt bases, but the silicone does not. Because it's a flexible plastic, it's impractical to have felt. Hardened plastic can chip if you're not careful (the weighted tournament set being extremely heavy can be prone to this if you throw the pieces from height onto a hard floor) but flexible silicone does not. The result is a chess set that is guaranteed to stand the test of time. The down side is the fun younger kids might have throwing the pieces around. They really do bounce well!
You can find all of the above chess set options at Cool Chess Canada in the Plastic Chess Set page. If you're a school, call or email us for a quote or details on volume discounts, and also take a look at our School and Clubs page.