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ChessCentral has a chess board to match every chess set we carry - and fit every budget. From vinyl roll-up chess boards to folding chess boards to top quality wood chess boards of the finest hardwoods, this category has it all. Note that when matching chess boards to chess sets and chess pieces, the base size of the King needs to fit it correctly on the chessboard's square size.

Of course, nearly every chess set found here will recommend a square size for a matching board. But a good formula is to measure the base of the King and then add 1/2 inch for the best chess board square size to match your chess pieces. For tournament play you will want to choose between a 2.25 inch square and a 2.375 inch square for your chess board; however, we have chess boards for smaller chess pieces and for larger chess pieces. If in doubt, email us at email@ChessCentral.com.

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Vinyl Chess Board
Vinyl Chess Board with 2.25" squares
List Price: $15.95
Our Price: $12.95
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You will love this lightweight, roll-up chessboard! It is easy to take to tournaments, clubs, or next door. Clear and legible algebraic notation, 20"x 20", with 2.25" square size meets all chess tournament standards.
Mousepad Chess Board - 2.25"
Mousepad Chess Board with 2.25" squares
List Price: $19.95
Our Price: $19.95
Sale Price: $15.95
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Mousepad Chess Board - 2.25". This washable mousepad chess board will never develop annoying creases. It comes in dark green & buff, black & buff or an especially attractive blue & buff squares for outstanding contrast and visibility.
Folding Chess Board with 2.25 Squares - Double Fold
Folding Chess Board with 2.25 Squares - Double Fold
List Price: $24.95
Our Price: $19.95
Sale Price: $15.95
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A high quality folding chess board covered with rugged PVC plastic, this traditional chessboard will tuck away neatly and never get wrinkled! This board is made to be folded twice so that the it is easy to carry anywhere!
Wood Grain Decoupage Chess Board 1.5"
Wood Grain Decoupage Chess Board 1.5"
Our Price: $34.95

This work horse chess board is decoupage. The 1.5" squares allow for more versatility and varying chess set usage for the player, and easy maneuverability for the individual pieces. Dimensions are approximately 14.5 x 14.5 inches, and is 0.5" thick. With algebraic notation for easy score taking, it perfect for use with your favorite set!
Walnut and Maple Chess Board, 1.5" square
Walnut and Maple Chess Board, 1.5" square
Our Price: $49.95

Walnut and Maple Chess Board, 1.5" square. It is 12 x 12 x .5. This beautiful chess board is a perfect match for any chess set. You won't find a more stylish chess board at this price!
Ebony and Maple veneer Chess Board, 1.5" squares
Ebony and Maple Veneer Chess Board, 1.5" squares
Our Price: $69.95

Ebony and Maple veneer Chess Board, 1.5" squares. It is 14 x 14 x 1/2. This chess board is the perfect compliment to any chess set. The chess board makes it a masterful addition to any den or library.
20" Wood Chess Board with Storage
20" Wood Chess Board with Storage
Our Price: $75.95

Wood Inlaid Chessboard with storage. The perfect gift for any chess lover on your list -- or for yourself. This stunning chessboard with classic styling is made of premium quality wood with beveled edges and inlay trims. Squares and trim are finished in deep mahogany and light oak. The large size squares support today's popular larger chess pieces.
Beech and Maple Chess Board, 2" squares
Inlaid Beech and Maple Chess Board, with Storage 2" squares
Our Price: $79.95

Beech and Maple Chess Board, 2" squares. It is 18 x 18 x 3, and includes a storage space underneath. This beautiful chess board makes the perfect addition to any den or library. You won't find a more stylish chess board at this price!
Walnut and Maple Chess Board, 1.75" square
Walnut and Maple Chess Board, 1.75" square
Our Price: $79.95 Out of Stock

Walnut and Maple Chess Board, 1.75" square. It is 15 x 15 x .5. This beautiful chess board is a perfect match for any chess set. You won't find a more stylish chess board at this price!
Walnut and Maple Chess Board, 2" square
Walnut and Maple Chess Board, 2" square
Our Price: $79.95

Walnut and Maple Chess Board, 2" square. It is 17 x 17 x .5. This beautiful chess board is a perfect match for any chess set. You won't find a more stylish chess board at this price!
Ebony and Maple Chess Board
Ebony and Maple Chess Board
Our Price: $79.95 Out of Stock

You will enjoy a game of chess on this finely crafted veneered chessboard. The dark and light squares are made from ebonized maple and regular maple respectively. The squares are 2 and the overall size of the chessboard is 17.3 x 17.3 with a thickness of .5. This product also features a thin frame which neatly borders the playing area of the board. A splendid chessboard at an affordable price!
Walnut and Maple Chess Board, 2" Squares Cushioned Corners
Walnut and Maple Chess Board, 2" Squares & Cushioned Corners
List Price: $79.95
Our Price: $79.95

This chess board is available in 2" squares and measures approximately 18 x 18 inches, and is .5" thick. It is a very nice chess board that will make a fine addition to any chess player's collection. This stylish chess board is the perfect compliment to any chess pieces, and a proud addition to any den or library.
Black and Maple 12" Chess Board with Chess Pieces Storage
Black and Maple 12" Chess Board with Chess Pieces Storage
List Price: $104.95
Our Price: $84.95 K
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Black and Maple veneer chess board  with Storage, 1.5" squares - This fine board is made of black and maple. It is 12 x 12 x 2. This chess board is the perfect compliment to any chess set, and has a storage space inside.
Pressed Leather Chess Board, Black and Gold, 1" square
Chess Board Pressed Leather on Wood 1"
List Price: $99.95
Our Price: $85.95
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Pressed Leather Chess Board, Black and Gold, 1" squares - This fine board is made of leather pressed onto wood. It is 10.5 x 10.5 x 1/2.
Ebony and Maple Chess Board, 2.2" squares
Ebony and Maple Chess Board, 2.2" squares
Our Price: $89.95

Ebony and Maple Chess Board, 2.2" squares. It is 19.6 x 19.6 x 1/2. This beautiful veneer chess board makes the perfect addition to any den or library. You won't find a more stylish chess board at this price!
Blue & Gold Pressed Leather Board 13"
Blue & Gold Pressed Leather Board 13"
Our Price: $94.95

This chess board has beautifully crafted 1.3" squares composed of fine leather on a clean-cut wood base. The board itself measures approximately 13x13 inches, with a thickness of 0.5" The leather surface is slightly raised, allowing for the wood to crea
Burgundy & Gold Pressed Leather Board 13"
Burgundy & Gold Pressed Leather Board 13"
Our Price: $94.95

This chess board has beautifully crafted 1.3" squares composed of fine leather on a clean-cut wood base. The board itself measures approximately 13x13 inches, with a thickness of 0.5" The leather surface is slightly raised, allowing for the wood to crea
Green & Gold Pressed Leather Board 13"
Green & Gold Pressed Leather Board 13"
Our Price: $94.95

This chess board has beautifully crafted 1.3" squares composed of fine leather on a clean-cut wood base. The board itself measures approximately 13x13 inches, with a thickness of 0.5" The leather surface is slightly raised, allowing for the wood to crea
Dark Rosewood and Maple Chess Board 1.75" squares
Dark Rosewood and Maple Chess Board 1.75" squares
List Price: $114.95
Our Price: $99.95
You save $15.00!

Dark Rosewood and Maple Chess Board 1.75" squares. It is 14 x 14 x 1/2. This veneer chess board is the perfect compliment to any chess set. The chess board makes it a masterful addition to any den or library.
Jaques of London - 16" Inlaid Chess Board
Jaques of London - 16" Inlaid Chess Board
Our Price: $99.95

A beautifully made 16" Inlaid chessboard, expertly crafted by Jaques with Walnut and Sycamore 38mm squares (1.49") and a decorative inlay border. Suited for 3" and smaller King.
   
 

Determining the Chess Board Size to Match your Chess Pieces

The minimum square size for a set of properly proportioned Staunton pattern chessmen is such that the width of the base of the King should be 78% of the width of a square. In other words, you should  divide the King's base diameter by 0.78 to determine the ideal square size for the chessboard. Let's look at an example, the Reykjavik II chessmen. The Reykjavik II has a King base diameter of 1.75", which is the norm for a 3.75" King. If you enter 1.75 into a calculator and divide by 0.78, the result is 2.243 which is rounded to 2.25". Hence, the minimum chessboard square size for the Reykjavik II chessmen would be 2.25".

If you purchase a chess board that has a smaller square size than is considered the minimum, the pieces will appear crowded together on the chess board. This crowding will significantly increase the likelihood of chess pieces being knocked over during the heat of battle.

You can always purchase a slightly larger size Chess board than what is considered the minimum and it would work just as well. Using the same Reykjavik II chessmen example, either a 2.25" or 2.375" square chessboard would be considered ideal. The chart below details the most common King base diameters opposite its ideal range of square sizes.

King Base Diameter

Ideal Square Size

1.5"

1.875" - 2.0"  squares

1.75"

2.25" - 2.375"  squares

1.875"

2.375" - 2.5"  squares

2.0"

2.5" - 2.75" squares