Originally Posted by nerdykarim
Instead of this, try the USCF store online. I would get the regulation vinyl board and a set of triple-weighted plastic pieces. Heavier pieces make a big difference.
+1 No serious player could study or would play much on a novelty set. A good tourny set with the roll-up vinyl board (green and white is my favorite) plus better weighted plastic pieces are all you ever need. Do not buy a wood set unless you are spending at least $500. Last I checked, they had harvested all the boxwood old enough to be hard enough for the one set of pieces. Kings and Queens will warp and stand crooked with most of the wood sets available (new) today. The best sets are going to be vintage. And they will be expensive.