Chess is not just another board game. Sure it is entertaining, but the pleasure of playing comes from the lessons it provides. Chess has been used to teach the importance of strategy and tactics not only in war but in life itself. The game teaches how to think outside the box, anticipate your opponent and plan your moves carefully to achieve your objective. Genghis Khan, one of the most influential characters in history and considered to be the greatest strategist and tactician, was a master chess player. The point is that chess is not just the game, but the experience as a whole is striking. For this reason, it is important to play on a set that makes the player comfortable. Choosing the right chess game table then requires as much strategic and tactical thinking as playing the game.
Every person is different with their likes and dislikes. But it is not just about the looks, but the feel of the game table that really matters. Size of the game pieces, the size of the table, the colors, and the weight, all of these characteristics are important in deciding the right chess game table.
Most players would agree that the purpose of the table is what determines the game table to pick. Players must decide where they will be playing. A traditional wood chess game table is usually considerably large with large slightly heavy wood game pieces. This type of table is useful for inside play on a table where players can sit comfortably. This is not the kind of table they might consider for traveling where space and mobility are the key factors. Smaller plastic tables with magnetic game pieces are the norm for those players who enjoy travel and still have spare time for the game. So, the environment of play is key in choosing a chess game table.
Once players have found the right type, aesthetics come into play. No player will agree to play on a game table that is cumbersome to handle, with game pieces that are difficult to move. A good chess table should have clearly shaped game pieces with enough contrast between shades to differentiate the sides (white vs. black). Contrast is also important in the checkered pattern where the game pieces are placed. The more experienced passionate players will also include sound as a deciding factor.