Where to Buy Chess Sets Online, So You Can Play The Queen's Gambit

While also "playing" The Queen's Gambit on Netflix.

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(SPOT.ph) The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix has been on everyone's watch list lately. It's set a record as the biggest scripted limited series on Netflix yet, with 62 million households having watched the series in its first 28 days. The series follows the life of Beth Harmon (played by Anya Taylor-Joy), an orphaned chess prodigy in the '60s who has her eyes set on becoming the world's best chess player. There’s much to like about the series—from the storytelling, to the production design, down to Taylor-Joy’s fascinating portrayal of a competitive chess player and the way in which the strategy board game is highlighted in the show.

We wouldn’t be surprised if the series has either made you curious to learn how to play chess—with The Queen’s Gambit as your opening move—or want to learn the board game anew. Like Beth, you can chase your grandmaster dreams or sharpen your chess strategy, but of course, you’ll need a chess set for that. We scoured the Internet for places where you can get chess sets, and we’ve found a mix that’s perfect for casual play.

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Check—pun intended—these shops where you can order chess sets:

Solid Wood Chess (P499.75) from Pip Games

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Looking for a simple chess set to get you started on your Grandmaster dreams? Check out this wooden chess set from Pip Games. It looks like the heavy, conventional boards at first glance—until you notice the chess board’s smooth, rounded edges, which makes for a nice, subtle design accent.

Available on Hobbes and Landes’ website.

Wooden Chess Set Tournament Chess Board Quality Board Game (P999) from Kemilng

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This wooden chess set has a 12 in x 12 in chess board and comes with glossy wooden pieces in light and dark brown. It’s a no-frills option for both beginners and advanced players alike.

Available on Lazada.

Wooden Chess (starts at P66) from Anding’s Toys and Flowers Inc.

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Divisoria is known as the place where you can score affordable finds, and one of the more well-known shops in the shopping district is Anding’s Toys and Flowers Inc. Recently, we shared that they already have an online store, which saves you from the hassle of making the trip to Divi. We checked their online shop and found this foldable wooden chess set that comes in four sizes. Plus, you can get the set at a discount: if you buy a minimum of three sets, you get 5% off, and 10% if you purchase a minimum of six sets! 

Available on Anding’s Toys and Flowers Inc. website.

Game On Mini Chess Set (P850) from Iron & Glory by Luckies

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PHOTO BY Iron & Glory via Website/Abubot.ph
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Here’s a portable set that you’d want to show off to your friends—hopefully they don’t mistake it for a small, square tin-can cake. This mini chess set from Iron & Glory by Luckies comes in a sleek tin that, when opened, is the board itself. It’s almost the same size as the usual pocket notebook, which means it won’t take up much space in your bag. The magnetic pieces are packed in a velvet carrier pouch. 

Available on Abubot.ph.

Folding International Chess Set (P870) from UB

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Planning to play chess while on the go? This foldable chess set from UB comes with magnetic pieces, so you don’t have to worry about the pieces falling off the 9 in x 9 in magnetic board. Plus, who could resist the chess pieces’ metallic finish?

Available on Shopee.

Plastic Pocket Chessboard (P16) from DVX 

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PHOTO BY shopee/dvx
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If you attended children’s parties as a kid, you’d know that it’s the mini board games that all kids would be eyeing in the pabitin. This plastic foldable chess board from DVX will remind you of those days, but there’s no need to elbow people to score this set. You can order this chess set at an unbeatable price and save your competitiveness for the game itself.

Available on Shopee.

Vinyl Mat Chess set (P499) from Eureka Chess

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Are you looking for a chess set that’s easy to bring on trips? Check out this roll-up Eureka Chess mat, a 20 in x 20 in vinyl playing mat with round corners and plastic chess pieces. It comes with a canvas sling bag that has separate compartments for the mat and the chess pieces.

Available on Shopee.

Chess (P1,829.75) from Kikkerland

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PHOTO BY Kikkerland via Website/Hobbes and Landes

The box of this Kikkerland chess set is enough to grab anyone’s attention with its cool illustrations. The foldable 11.8 in x 11.8 in paper board inside follows the package’s color scheme with its striking red border and light-gray and white tiles. We say the set is easy to the eye even when the odds don’t seem to be on your side.

Available on Hobbes and Landes’ website.

Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set (P4,000) 

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There exists a connection between Harry Potter and The Queen’s Gambit, thanks to Harry Melling. In The Queen’s Gambit, he plays Harry Beltik, the first chess player that Beth defeats in the show. The plastic chess pieces included in this set stand out for its details, which is based on the Wizard Chess Set in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Apart from the board, it also comes with two drawstring pouches to store the pieces. 

Available on Gaisano GStore on Shopee.

Buddy Chess Set, Natural (P10,720) from Umbra

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PHOTO BY Lazada/Umbra

If you’re looking for a chess set that you could display as decor, this chess set from Umbra is up your alley. This chess set has glossy black and gray tiles and an ashwood frame for a sleek yet slightly rustic look. The 32 chess pieces are made of cast zinc and could be stored in the board’s hidden compartment. Do note that the chess pieces aren’t your usual; they feature Umbra’s Buddy character, so it pays to familiarize yourself with them before challenging a grandmaster to a game (we kid!). 

Available on Lazada.

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