Why buy an electronic chessboard

Is trying to switch back and forth between analysis positions on a computer screen to a 'real' chessboard hindering your chess progress?

Some players think so, finding it difficult to adjust to playing over the board when having stared at a 2D computer screen. Of course, you could just play the moves on the computer and copy them to your physical board as a way to regain perspective. This begs the question: is it worth buying an electronic chessboard?

Why buy an electronic chessboard

What is an electronic chess set?
An electronic chess set is a computer-operated machine that lets you play chess against it or a real person in real-time, face-to-face or online.

Electronic chess sets have the same classic look as regular chess sets, but with the built-in power of modern technology, allowing you to register and record games, broadcast live games, train, play online in real-time, play against a computer, and analyse your games.

So why you should consider buying an electronic chessboard?
1. It's a great way to learn the game
Electronic chess sets have become increasingly popular and are used in all major chess tournaments around the world. However, it was originally designed to teach beginners the principles of the game, and there really is no easier way to take your chess to the next level than teaming up with an electronic board.

By connecting the chessboard with your computer, it wіll teach you clever opening moves аnd hоw tо gеt оut оf tricky checkmate situations - right on the chessboard.

2. It lets you keep track of your progress
By recording and storing your games, electronic chessboards help you kеер track оf уоur progress. Thіѕ hеlрs уоu ѕее hоw quickly уоu аrе progressing and address areas of your game that need attention.

3. It has many different uses
Electronic chessboards can be used in many different ways at home, club or tournament.

  • Online play
    Use your electronic chessboard as an input device, and you can play against opponents from all over the world on online sites like Playchess.com. 
  • Record your chess games
    Record your games with your electronic chessboard for later retrieval and analysis.
  • Play, train, analyse and study
    Compatible with leading computer chess playing software, your electronic chessboard becomes quickly becomes your strongest ally as you continue to improve your game. You are notified of illegal moves, and other coaching prompts, freeing you from staring at your computer screen.
  • Tournament play and live broadcasting
    If used in tournaments, electronic chessboards automatically capture and broadcast games.
This all sounds great, so what's the catch?
Electronic chessboards can be expensive, and if you're not serious about improving your game, this may be a lost investment.

Luckily, DGT's latest addition to their range of electronic chessboards is specifically developed to bring chess to a wider audience with their more affordable DGT Smart Board.

The boards are made of high-quality plastic (not wood) but provide the same functionality and user-experience as their existing wooden e-Boards. We just got it in stock. Click here for more info.
Roline Pretorius

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