Updated October 26, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Travel Chess Sets

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This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in March of 2018. For chess players who don't want to go without this challenging game when on the move, there are plenty of options. From magnetic boards with pieces that won't slip during turbulence to transport-friendly, roll-up choices, these travel sets will allow you to engage an opponent and take a break from staring at a computer screen even while on vacation or a business trip. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best travel chess set on Amazon.

10. Hey! Play! Inlaid Walnut-Style

9. Wegiel Royal European

8. Yellow Mountain Imports Mini

7. Chess Bazaar Pocket

6. WE Games Vinyl

5. Chess Armory 15" Wooden

4. Kidami Folding Set

3. Pendleton Roll-Up

2. QuadPro Foldable

1. The House of Staunton Book

Special Honors

Hector Saxe Valentin Velvet You might think that "luxury" and "travel" are incompatible in chess sets, but this Hector Saxe Valentin Velvet certainly proves otherwise. Each is made in France and would make a fine gift for the serious player — if you can stomach the rather high price. hectorsaxeparis.com

Aristotle Hand Held Chess Computer The Aristotle Hand Held Chess Computer is a tablet that allows you to train your brain anywhere you go, even in dim conditions, thanks to the fine backlighting. You can set it to low for beginners, but if you really feel like a challenge, it has a hard mode that the makers claim can beat 95 percent of all chess players. chessbaron.com

Editor's Notes

October 22, 2019:

Because you never know when you might be ready to play a game of chess, we've kept a range of choices in different sizes, including those that slip into a purse or messenger bag, some magnetic and some not. For those who are worried that the board will be knocked around in transit, we like the The House of Staunton Book. True to its name, it folds closed just like a book, with both board and pieces inside. This means all the crucial elements are protected, saving you some worry. It's on the pricier side, though, although it should be noted it's built to last. For a budget-friendly alternative, there's the Kidami Folding Set, which has been updated and now has proper squares instead of rectangles. The Wegiel Royal European and the QuadPro Folding are also fine alternatives, both magnetic. Finally, we opted to add the Pendleton Roll-Up as a design-conscious choice. It features patterning that Pendleton fans will recognize; consider it as a gift for those who love camping or someone with a rustic country cottage.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on October 26, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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