When you need an economical small travel chess set, this straightforward black and white magnetic chess set is a good choice.
It's just less than 8 inches on the longest side.
Plastic pieces cling to chessboard well, and store inside quickly.
- Folded 6.5" x 3.25"
- Open 6.5" x 7.75"
- 1.25" tall king
A tiny little thing, and pretty much what I expected it to be, except not entirely as durable as I might have hoped. If it claims to be for "travel" then it needs to be able to handle banging around inside a travel bag, right? Well, the cardboard under-structure is already giving out at the corners, such that I will have to repair it with some duct tape. Speaking of tape, I decided to paste a little strip of colored painters' tape around the collars of all four of the Bishops, since otherwise they may be easily mistaken for Pawns, as much because of the tiny size as anything else (the Bishops DO have the diagonal slash through the mitre cap, but it's just so small I don't always see it). Finally, you can't fold it while still keeping the position; most of the pieces are too tall, so when you close the board up, they get knocked over. I use this for my micro-sized in-the-bed or at-the-beach set, because the magnetic grip between pieces and board is pretty strong, so I can stumble around a bit yet still analyze; but I wouldn't go to Europe with it, it would crush in my suitcase.
Very amazed at the quality of this set for the price. Excellent for analysis or playing on the road (as long as you're not in the driver's seat!). Fast shipping & delivery as well!