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Selecting the right size board



How do I choose the proper size playing square?


As a general guideline, the diameter of the base of the King should generally not exceed 3/4 of the width of the playing square. Any more and the playing pieces may not look proportional and will mask the natural beauty of the chessboard. Any less and the pieces may appear as if they are lost in a sea of chess board squares. 

Here’s how you can determine the ideal size of the playing square:

Divide the diameter of the base of the King by 0.75 and round up to the nearest 1/8-inch.  It is also acceptable to round up an additional 1/8" based on personal preference.  For example, a King with a base of  1 5/8" would require either 2 1/4" or 2 3/8" playing squares (1 5/8 / .75 = 2 1/4" plus an optional additional 1/8" = 2 3/8"). 


If you prefer, we will be happy to recommend the size of the squares based on the size of your King.