Quality Chess Sets And Heightened Attention

One of the problems with studying via nothing but a computer screen is that nothing tends to stick. I think there’s a clear reason for this in that the mind is not fully engaged when just looking at an image of a chess board.

On the other hand the act of moving chess pieces around a board activates more areas of the brain so as to make the experience far more vivid. I think this equates to the act of writing things down during the revision process which is known to massively help retention. And during my trading days Victor Niederhoffer also advised me that writing down the prices greatly enhanced one’s ability to see patterns.

I think the process can be improved further still by using a quality chess set. With our aesthetic sense stimulated I think we conduct chess study with heightened attention. And this in turn improves our ability to learn.

Which chess sets are the best? For my money there’s nothing better than a good quality wooden Staunton set with weighted and felted pieces. Where can you get one from?

One great source is the Regency Chess Company based in Frome in Somerset. The company was founded in 2008 by Julian Deverell who spent much of 2007 travelling around Europe and Asia and establishing relations with high quality suppliers. I recently acquired a beautiful set from them which was delivered by Fedex the following day. And I figure it’s going to become a big part of my life!


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: