Equipment

Frimley Junior Chess Club has its own store of chess boards, pieces and timers (clocks) rather like these:

A Staunton Pattern chess set
A Staunton Pattern chess set

The extra pair of queens are available for when a pawn is promoted. Of course, it is possible to “under-promote” to knight, rook or even bishop but a knight would be the most common under-promotion.

We recommend Staunton Pattern chess pieces rather like these:

Staunton pattern chess pieces
Staunton pattern chess pieces

and folding plastic boards rather like these:

Folding chess board
Folding chess board

There are non-folding boards which are also very satisfactory such as these:

Flat chess board
Flat chess board

We often use a large demonstration board  for club teaching.

Here is a good one in action:

Demonstration board in action
Demonstration board in action

We recommend DGT timers as the build quality is second to none as is their after sales service and support. The best model for children is the DGT “Easy Timer” as they are built for robustness and at a lower price than say the DGT 2010 or XL. We would advise against old style analogue clocks as they to be demolished fairly quickly!

The Easy Gametimer is rather attractive and looks like this:

DGT Easy Game Timer
DGT Easy Game Timer

We can advise you of  reliable providers of chess equipment and we recommend: