Tournament Chess Sets – What makes them different from other sets?
Tournament sets are normally plastic to keep them lightweight for travel.
The chess board is often vinyl or other material that can be rolled up for transporting.
There is often some type of carry case, again for traveling because tournament players are often traveling from city to city and the lighter the set the easier transporting is accomplished.
Often these sets are the Staunton style which means that the chess pieces feature a particular design, height and weight (often triple or double weighted) of the chess pieces.
These tournament sets may also feature double queens.
The look and feel of these sets are important to the tournament player or any player that wants to take their game on the road or just down to their local city park.