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Why isn't chess played with flat pieces?

It's probably for historic reasons. Chess is very old and a metaphor for two armies making war, and people chose to make 'statues' to represent the pieces. Since this has worked well so far, nobody ...
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How to craft a chess set?

I have not tried to do exactly chess set but I have some experience (really basic) with doing things from wood. I will tell what I learned from my experience, and may be someone more experienced can ...
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Why isn't chess played with flat pieces?

I could not decide is this an answer or comment but finally decided to add it as answer. Why isn't chess played with flat pieces? Because it is played with flat pieces as well; Many travel chess ...
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What is the minimum number of pieces needed in a chess set to account for all possible promoted pieces?

Let's count. Starting set 2 rooks 2 bishops 2 knights 1 queen 1 king (8 pawns) Max promotions 8 rooks 8 bishops 8 knights 8 queens Total In total you would need 40 pieces and 8 pawns for each ...
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Why isn't chess played with flat pieces?

Flat chess pieces do exist on the market, in the form of "pocket chess" sets in which there isn't room to provide 3D pieces. In this example, notice the lack of extra queens for promoting pawns to: ...
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What is the criterion for a chess set to be used in FIDE tournaments?

What is the criterion for a chess set to be used in FIDE tournaments? Actually there are several criteria for this. FIDE have published their relevant rules in Standards of Chess Equipment, venue for ...
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Does the design of chess pieces affect professional chess players at all?

I have played in the past with non-standard pieces, or even improvised ones (so it was just let's pick something that can work as this type of piece). I find I had no problem at all, assuming the ...
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Does the design of chess pieces affect professional chess players at all?

Am wondering if this will affect professional players or other strong club players at all. Do designs of chess pieces affect them at all? The short answer is "No" for the simple reason that ...
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I need help Identifying where exactly this set came from

Here's the same set on ebay. More pictures of yours would be helpful. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Ceramic-Duncan-Medieval-Style-32Pc-Chess-Set-Hand-Painted-Faces-Detailed-74/263416351119?hash=...
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What's the name of this pieces' design?

The shape of the pieces is a standard Staunton chess set. However, the marbled material makes it look rather unusual. I am not up on the rules about color use, but I have my doubts that it would be ...
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Board editor using customized pieces and board

Not exactly "custom" images but it has over 50 piece designs and 6 board sizes. You can make a "remix" version, as Scratch calls it and replace the piece designs with whatever you like, same goes with ...
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Chess set for championships

Championship boards For international or continental championships, FIDE's regulations state that wooden boards should be used¹. Additionally they ought to be electronic chessboard that autosense ...
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Board editor using customized pieces and board

I think you can check Lichess. It has advanced board editor feature (along with study feature also). It uses stockfish 11 server analysis for analyzing the game, has massive database with millions of ...
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Why isn't chess played with flat pieces?

Flat boards are used online because both players can see the pieces properly oriented. Now imagine playing online chess with half the screen upside-down. Also, a flat screen is not the best ...
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Identify this chess set with heavy painted metal pieces

Some of the colors are a bit different, but that could be age or the nature of being hand painted. Also, you don't say how tall it is. That said, it looks very similar to a Crusaders vs. Saracens set (...
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Is there a resource that lists many of the different chess set styles?

The Illustrated Guide to World Chess Sets (Chessmen for Collectors) by Dr Victor Keats A part from the books webpage: Country by country each chapter of Chessmen for Collectors systematically ...
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What's the name of this set design?

From Tony Rotella on the reddit page I pointed to this one: They're DGT "Timeless" pieces: http://www.digitalgametechnology.com/index.php/products/eboard-chess-sets This has been a very standard ...
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What are the characteristics of a good chess board?

home - 3.75" king on 2.25" squares. Travel - no opinion. But the USCF used to sell a chess board 'wallet' that would fold up (with the pieces) and go in your pocket. Perhaps they still do. 3.75" King ...
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Where to buy my favorite magnetic chess set

Is this what you're after? Chess set Vintage plastic magnetic chess set in carton box. Made in USSR, Latvia. Material: Plastic, magnet. Circa: 1980s. Has vintage condition. One white figurine ...
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Why isn't chess played with flat pieces?

There are two reasons that come to mind: 1) There are Pawns, Knights, Bishops, Rooks, Queens, and Kings and a non-flat design makes it easier to tell them apart. 2) There is a touch-move rule where ...
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I need help Identifying this chess set

The closest one that I have found is called celestial strains at: http://www.chess-museum.com/stone--glass-sets.html There are some Polish sets on the site but they are not the same.
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Does the design of chess pieces affect professional chess players at all?

Probably not. Most top chess players can play blindfolded and still beat almost the entire chess community. It may have an impact on Blitz game, but once they've been played with these sets for a ...
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Does the design of chess pieces affect professional chess players at all?

I remember a line from a movie once that was something to the effect of: Chess is a game you play in your head not on a board. In other words, a good player should be able to play the same regardless ...
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Looking for the right size for a box in which to store my chess set

Ok, so I think I figured out a way to solve it. Since I realized I don't need a chess set exactly like mine, but just the info of any chess set (pieces and box) and then use a rule of three to scale ...
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Identify this chess set with heavy painted metal pieces

That's a very nice set for display, but if you are interested in playing and maybe even getting better at it as you indicate, you should also investigate obtaining a standard "Staunton" design set ...
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I need help Identifying where exactly this set came from

Other than colors, that looks identical to a set my mother made for me back in the 1970's or early 80's at a local ceramic studio. She made it from molded greenware (unfired clay) and hand painted it. ...
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I have an unusual chess set and am seeking advice

Amazon, ebay, and top local online shop in your country
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