Generic setVery popular and cheap! About $5.00 from the USCF. Very sturdy plastic tournament set is ideal for schools, chess clubs, and tournament play. These pieces are virtually unbreakable. 3.75” King with a 1.50” felt base’ Not weighted. Set contains 4 Queens. This is a good set if you are on a really tight budget or are buying a whole bunch of sets. Generally though I’d avoid it because it’s too light weight.
A House of Staunton set with features a 3.75" King (1.75"diameter base), this set is heavy. Felt base pads on bottoms.. About $28 from the USCF. This set is similar in design to the famous turn-of-the century Jaques sets. Very nice!Legend
Another Jaques design dating to 1849 also by the House of Staunton. 4.0" King with a 1.875"diameter base. Very heavy with felted base.
HastingsCommemorate the Hastings 1895 Tournament. 3.875" King with a 1.75" diameter base, very heavily weighted with felt base pads. Great set. About $25 from the USCF
As mentioned, unless you are on a really tight budget, I’d avoid the first set but any of the other sets are great looking sets. There really isn't much difference in any of these sets except the knight design and any one of them would be a good choice. One thing I do not like, two things actually, are colored sets and black and white ones. I prefer the black and tan pieces.
Two of the best sets I ever owned are the Player’s Choice by Drueke and the Windsor Castle sets. The former were very popular in the 1970’s and the latter in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Bobby Fischer is seen playing with the Windsor Castle set. If I ever find one of these old sets in a flea market or second hand store, I will definitely snatch them up. I’ve seen them a couple of times on e-bay, but I don’t want them bad enough to pay the ridiculous, inflated prices the owners are asking for.
Player’s Choice By Drueke: