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Top Chess Sets Under $100

People buy chess sets for different reasons - some need it for tournaments, some want to upgrade theirs while others are avid collectors who are looking for unique pieces.

Given that you can find any kind of chess set in this day and age - from hand carved luxury marble chess sets to the all-time Staunton classics, each of these people will find just the perfect set for them. 

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At Kaoori, you can find any kind of chess set from themed ones to wooden and glass sets. For your convenience, we’ve also separated chess sets that are under $50. These are the best chess sets for beginners. It’s never late to start learning chess and what better way to get started than buying your very first chess set. In this collection, you’ll find classical and simple sets that will help you master the art of chess. If you’re not sure how to get started and which chess set to purchase, here are some tips from our team. 

#1 Classical sets are always a wise choice

There is so much diversity among chess sets and there are some with exquisite design that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. As a beginner, it’s recommended to get started with classical sets and the best chess sets in this category are the Staunton sets. They have high quality craftsmanship and are made of durable materials, so they will serve you for a long time. In Kaoori’s under $50 collection, you’ll find some excellent classical sets that vary in colors, design and price. No doubt that you’ll find that special set, which will be your entry point to the magical world of chess. 


#2 Do your research before buying 

As tempting as it is, don’t buy the very first chess set that you come across. Look more and research more. You may be able to find a similar set at a lower price or one that costs a bit more but looks a lot nicer. Dedicate some time to chess shopping and you’ll for sure find the right one.

#3 Keep an eye out for sales in chess specialty stores

Before we talk about sales, here is a bonus tip - buy your set from a chess specialty store. These stores not only have larger collections but also feature quality products. Most like Kaoori have online stores, so you don’t have to go there in person. Subscribe to newsletters or visit these websites frequently to catch any sales or promotions that they’re running. For instance, besides our under $50 collection, you can also keep a look out for regular sales that Kaoori runs on the rest of its collections. 


#4 Mini sets for the win 

Kaoori’s under $50 collection features a wide range of chess sets from big ones to mini to magnetic sets. Each of them has their own pros and cons. If you’re a beginner, we recommend our mini sets. These are the best chess sets for beginners due their size, price and convenience. The mini sets have a smaller board and pieces than a standard set. Some of these sets also feature more ornate pieces or even wooden pieces but are still much less expensive than wooden chess sets. They are easy to carry, so if you’re taking classes and have to move your own chess set around then you’ll find mini chess sets extremely convenient. 


Make sure that you also view our Staunton collection, you may also find a good deal there!