I'd suggest sticking with classic sets like the Staunton. If he develops a strong liking for chess, that's mostly what he'll play with in more competitive games. The look doesn't really matter that much. I'm just suggesting sticking with traditional looks rather than the more fancy designs which tend to be more for collectors or chess lovers. Also, it's far easier to recognise the pieces. I love themed sets but they're bugger hard to recognise sometimes!
Play online for a while and gauge his interest. Lichess is awesome and I highly recommend it. In fact, I probably won't play on a physical board again. Too time consuming
You can play chess with bottle tops marked with felt tip pen all the way through to solid gold with diamonds for eyes - your call at the end of the day. What gives you the impression that he'll treasure this substatial set that you're planning for the rest of his life- 6 yr olds can be fairly fickle in my experience. I like the idea of getting him a set appropriate for his age like the Harry Potter and one that is not too expensive should he lose interest. If he does develop a lifetime chess habit, then that first set will be valuable in his eyes whatever it's cost
It was called chess lvl 100. I got it as free from Amazon game of the day so for Amazon devices and also android. I googled it and it is also available on Windows store and therefore probably apple too. It might have renamed itself to crazy bishop
Don't spend a lot, it won't be long until he's not the slightest bit interested in chess,
Updated 6th JanLast updated 6th Jan by moneysaver80
does anyone here play chess?
does anyone here play chess.com (y)
Nothing like knocking a few pawns and queens around.
I have just started playing again after years of not, I play against my 13 year old son, he's getting very good very quickly, think my brain is a little dry and crusty now!
Yer I play on Chess.com. I'm particularly crap though.
The Malta Open and some other matches held there have quite the prize pot might be why.
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Updated 17th Dec 2020Last updated 17th Dec 2020 by InTheKnow444
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https://lichess.org/ Also available as an app. 8 chess variant options playable too. Tournaments can be joined after completing a set amount of rated games. Easy to register.
amazon.co.uk/Staunton-Tournament-Chess-Pieces-Wood/dp/B000Z9G456?ref_=ast_bbp_dp officialstaunton.com/collections/chess-pieces?sort_by=price-ascending kaoori.co.uk/product-category/chess-pieces/staunton-chess-pieces/?orderby=price If you are after plastic. shop.chess.co.uk/Plastic-Sets-Boards-s/1845.htm?searching=Y&sort=1&cat=1845&show=30&page=1 shop.chess.co.uk/Weighted-Gambit-Chess-Set-Roll-up-Mat-and-bag-p/cb06104.htm @deeky
i wouldn't know to be honest as i don't know much about children but that's the people who bought them said they bought them for as the chess pieces look pretty and so the kids will think of them as playing with soldiers and dolls. as a child, i think i would have taken interest in the pretty pieces as i remember chess being taught at school and i had no interest in it as the pieces were very plain, they were tubular pieces rather than the traditional chess pieces and they made the game look very boring to someone who has never played before, whereas the other children's games looked more interesting as the pieces looked more entertaining.
I'm not convinced. Children find the normal pieces interesting and less distracting.
we have both functional and decorative chess sets and we have sold a few decorative ones. i found that the people who bought the decorative ones have bought them for their children to get them into chess as the kids love the look of the chess pieces and so are more likely to take an interest in them.
Yes I wouldn't mind a plastic set. It's to teach my daughters.
Updated 20th May 2012Last updated 20th May 2012 by marba01
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