Folding chess sets are convenient for traveling as they take up less storage space when they are folded in two halves. Most of them are small and midsized chess boards, but there are others that come in large size.
In this article, we will look at the best folding chess sets in the market that are both appealing and portable. These chess sets are moderately priced and give you an outstanding value for your money as they are exceptionally high in quality. They also make a good gift for special holidays days like christmas, birthdays or even father’s day.
If you are looking to travel and play chess but don’t want the hassel of carrying around a large chess board, then a folding chess set is what you need.
Here are the 9 best folding chess sets in 2022:
- Folding Magnetic Travel Chess set in Golden Rosewood
- Large Engraved Folding Chess Set with Storage
- 12″ Folding Chess Set With Backgammon Pieces
- VIP Personalized Folding Chess Board With Cast-Iron Chess Pieces
- 14″ Wooden Chess Set with Folding Portable board
- Garuda Design Folding Chess Set with Removable Legs
- 11″ Folding Magnetic Wooden Chess Set
- 3 In 1 Folding Chess Set (Backgammon, Draught, Chess)
- 18.7cm x 9.5 cm x 2.4cm Folding Chess Set
1. Folding Magnetic Travel Chess set in Golden Rosewood
Introducing the Handmade Wooden Foldable Traveling Magnetic Chess Set in Sheesham wood (golden rosewood). The set has been made in sheesham wood on the darker side and boxwood on the lighter side.
Sheesham, commonly known as golden rosewood is a fine grained Indian wood. This wood is brown (relatively lighter in colour as compared to rosewood) in colour and has a nice dense pattern of grains. It is relatively easier to carve and leaves a good finish which makes it one of the most popular wood for hand carved chess sets.
The chess pieces have been fitted with a magnetic stud in the base and the board is fitted with a concealed iron sheet. This chess set is the best gift for the chess lover on christmas, mother’s day, new year, and anniversary.
You can order this chess set in 6 different sizes. The sizes are: 5″x5″, 7″ x 7″, 10″ x 10″, 12″ x 12″, 14″ x 14″, and 21″ x 21″
Choose from 6 different size boards
Here are the dimensions for the different size boards when opened and closed.
Size 7″ x 7″ (17.8cm x 17.8cm)
- Chess Board (open) 7″ x 7″ (17.78cm x 17.78cm)
- Chess Board (close) 7″ x 3.5″ (17.78cm x .8.8cm)
Size 10″ x 10″ (25cm x 25cm)
- Chess Board (open) 10″ x 10″ (25cm x 25cm)
- Chess Board (close) 10″ x 5″ (25cm x 13cm)
Size – 12″ x 12″ (30 cm x 30 cm)
- Chess Board (open) 12″ x 12″ (30cm x 30cm)
- Chess Board (close) 12″ x 6″ (30 cm x 15 cm )
Size – 14″ x 14″ (30 cm x 30 cm) (Non Magnetic)
- Chess Board (open) 14″ x 14″ (35.5cm x 35.5cm)
- Chess Board (close) 14″ x 7″ (35.5 cm x 17.5 cm )
Size – 21″ x 21″ (53 cm x 53 cm) (Non Magnetic) (Fide Standard Chess Set)
- Square Size 2.25cm
- Chess Board (open) 21″ x 21″ (53.3cm x 53.3cm)
- Chess Board (close) 21″ x 10.5″ (53.3 cm x 26.5 cm )
- Contain – 32 /34 Magnetic Chess Pieces
- Dark Side Chess Pieces Sheesham/Golden Rosewood
- Light Side Chess Pieces Boxwood
PRICE: $31.96 to $183.96 USD
Price varies based on size of board
2. Large Engraved Folding Chess Set with Storage
This luxurious chess set is of a unique quality. All of the stones will shine as you smile at your every move. This board gives you a nice playing experience.
You can buy it as a chess set including the pieces or only the board. The chess pieces are of premium quality and you can use them for many years.
The chess pieces are made of zamac metal and plexy material. The chess board is covered with a marble pattern that is black-gold and silver-beige in color.
- Dimension of chess board : 44cm x 44cm x 15mm ( 13” x 13” x 0.59” )
- The pawn is 6 cm (2.36”) high.
- The king is 9 cm (3.54”) high.
PRICE: $207.99 USD (Includes FREE shipping)
3. 12″ Folding Chess Set With Backgammon Pieces
Using the finest walnut wood, rose wood, lemon and others with mother of pearl inlay that are mixed to make this great wooden colors mix that will make a master piece for your good times and perfect gift to your loved ones.
The Damascene Mosaic Art: or the wood nut, which is the art of inlaying wood with mother-of-pearl, is one of the ancient professions for which the city of Damascus in Syria is still famous.
The history of this handicraft goes back to more than 300 years. The mosaic industry reflects the introduction of mother-of-pearl into particles of different types of wood such as walnut, rose and beech.
It depends mainly on the craftsman’s imagination in inlaying wood and transforming it into artistic forms of drawings and geometric shapes such as octagon, square, hexagon and triangle.
The wood is spread into small ones that form in its composition a group of different types and colors of them in the form of slices that combine to form the desired shape.
- Measures : “closed” small Size
- 12″ (30cm) Length
- 6″ (15 cm) Width,
- 2″ (4cm) Hight
- Weight : 1 kg = 2 lbs.
PRICE: $97.50 USD
4. VIP Personalized Folding Chess Board With Cast-Iron Chess Pieces
This chess set is made of high quality wood material with a marble patterned coating on the surface and a filler varnish. It adds a stylish look to the chessboard with its unique patterns. You can carefully hide and protect your chess pieces. Prevents your chess pieces from being scratched. Chess pieces are made of first class cast material and high quality workmanship.
Its table has a marble look and is made of wood. Pawn and stones are made of zamak material. There are 2 types of stones, bronze and gold.
You can use this chess set, (which will make your loved ones feel special) as a gift on all special occasions.
Unfolded: Chess pieces are stored inside
Chess board comes in different sizes:
- 20×20 cm
- 30×30 cm
- 36×36 cm
- Chess Stone Color Options : Silver and Gold / Silver and Bronze
PRICE: $136.00 USD (Includes FREE shipping)
5. 14″ Wooden Chess Set with Folding Portable board
This beautiful wooden chess set is hand carved by the finest craftsmen. The board and frame is made from beech and birch wood which gives the set a classic look all chess players can appreciate.
The board opens revealing a storage area for the pieces in soft green felt, making this set perfect for travel and portable play. The pieces themselves are hand crafted with elegance and detail, made with sycamore and hornbeam wood in Poland.
This is a great gift for birthday or holiday.
- Board- 14 X 14 open
- King- 3 inches
- Queen- 2.25 inches
- Pawn-1.5 inches
PRICE: $55.00 USD
6. Garuda Design Folding Chess Set with Removable Legs
This chess board can be folded. The size folded is 51 x 26 cm. The legs can be removed from the folding board. The board comes with garuda design set pieces.
Garuda is a bird creature from Hindu mythology that has a mix of eagle and human features. He is the vehicle (vahana) of Vishnu and appears on the god’s banner.
Garuda represents birth and heaven, and is the enemy of all snakes. In Indian art, Garuda gradually acquired more human form over the centuries and so maintained only his wings.
In Cambodia, however, he retains even today the great talons and vicious-looking beak of a bird of prey. Garuda is a national symbol of India, Indonesia and Thailand.
- Size: 51 x 50 cm (with carving frame)
- Size of the game: 40x 39 cm
- Squares: 5 x 5 cm
- Size Legs : 29 cm
- Garuda Carving model: 32 pieces, 16 Brown color and 16 pieces Black
- KING piece Size: 10.5 CM
- Size of the base of the piece: 2.5 cm
PRICE: $540.00 (Includes FREE shipping)
7. 11″ Folding Magnetic Wooden Chess Set
This Magnetic Wooden Portable Chess Set 11″(28cm) is perfect as a gift and works well with traveling. It is handmade. The materials used are beech wood, birch wood, and hornbeam wood.
- King size: 2,3″(6 cm)
- Pawn size: 1″(2,5 cm)
- Square size: 1,2″(3 cm)
- 32 pieces
Includes board, pieces and box for storage. It has an insert tray for the chess pieces storage inside. When you order a wood chess set, it is packed with care to ensure it arrives safely to your home.
PRICE: $107.64 (Includes FREE shipping)
8. 3 In 1 Folding Chess Set (Backgammon, Draught, Chess)
This vintage chess set is foldable and portable, thereby making it ideal for travel. This is a great travel set that includes chess, checkers, and backgammon board in one.
This handcraft Middle East style backgammon and chess set duo is an ideal birthday gift, father’s day gift, and christmas gift. It includes the board, chess pieces, checker pieces and dice for playing backgammon.
You can order in 2 sizes
- 22cm x 22cm (9inch x 9 inch)
- 33cm x 33cm (13inch x 13 inch)
PRICE: $78.62 USD
9. 18.7cm x 9.5 cm x 2.4cm Folding Chess Set
This wooden inlaid travel chess board comes with 32 ivory and black acrylic chess pieces, foldable with an elegant piano style hinge and a modernist feel.
- Playing Area : 17.5cm x 17.5cm
- Folded : 18.7cm x 9.5 cm x 2.4cm
- King Height : 4cm
- Pawn Height : 2.25cm
Designed and handmade in Whitstable, UK
Materials: Perspex, acrylic, wood