What Are Weighted Chess Pieces?
There are an endless selection of chess pieces and boards, they will often be referred to as weighted, what does that mean and do I need it?
The advantage of a weighted chess piece is they will not tip over as easily as a standard piece would, which is nice when a player is reaching across the board to make a move, it would be embarrassing to say the least not to mention an inconvenience.
The feel of a weighted piece is preferred by players because they are comfortable to the touch and move well across the chess board.
In the past chess pieces were weighted by placing a steel weight inside, so if they were referred to as triple weighted it meant there were three steel pieces inserted or two if it was double weighted.
That practice is no longer used and each insert is weighted to equal the standard, double or triple, since there is no standard in terms of chess piece weight it can be subjective.
Regardless a weighted chess piece feels and performs better than a plastic piece with no weight at all.
Tournament players prefer weighted chess pieces and the preferred chess set is the Staunton because it is the standard for tournament play and has requirements that have to be meant put forth by the United States Chess Federation.