Which are the best materials in the manufacture of Chess Boards?

Chess Boards are made of wood, leather, metals, glass, marble, stone, vinyl, paper boards etc. The largest percentage of chess boards are manufactured in wood.

Hard woods like rose wood, ebony and red wood make the most exquisite quality of chess boards. Among the three, ebony is the rarest and costs maximum. Chess boards are also made of sheesham wood, maple, walnut, sycamore, buxwood etc. On these kind of woods, the impact of polishing and workmanship is the best. These are also heavier in weight, bringing stability to the chess board. Various types of polishing materials are used on the wooden chess boards to augment their beauty.

The chess boards that are made of metal are mainly made of alloys of zinc, tin, copper and aluminum. Pewter, another alloy of tin (majority) and copper (minority) is used to make good metal chess boards. In appearance, pewter looks like silver and provides a high profile look. Apart from the mentioned metals, alloys like bronze (copper and tin) and brass (copper and zinc) are also used to make metal chess boards.

Leather chess boards are made by covering metallic or wooden board with leather sheet, designed with elegance.

Marble chess boards are made of either artificial marble or pure marble in some parte of India. Further, alabaster (gypsum and calcite) is also used for making chess boards, on which carvings are done like that of wood and it gives the look of marble chess boards. The making of stone chess boards are done in the same process as marble.

The vinyl and card board chess boards are for mass production and the main ingredients are vinyl and paper pulp respectively.