Buy a pair or a pair and forget about the fact you are using a chess piece.
A new study by University of Melbourne professor and University of Newcastle economist Daniel Fagan has found a pair will be far cheaper than buying two chess pieces for about the same price as a single chess piece from a reputable online retailer.
The findings, which were published in the latest edition of the Journal of Mathematical Economics, suggest that the online marketplace has become a key tool for buying pieces.
“It is a new way of getting an edge,” Mr Fagan said.
“I think people are getting a bit bored with buying chess pieces online.”
“There is a lot of confusion about what you can buy on eBay or Amazon and I think that’s because of the hype around them.”
In the study, Mr Fagger looked at an online marketplace called Chess Piece.com that sold chess pieces on a platform called Chess Pieces for $1.99 per piece.
“We’re trying to make the game more accessible to the average person,” Mr Kuznets said.
Mr Faggen’s research found that people were able to purchase an average of one piece per hour.
“You could buy a pair on the market for about $40,” Mr Gautier said.
The study suggests that the chess piece market is ripe for disruption.
“There’s a lot more players online than there are chess pieces,” he said.
While the study did not quantify the price per piece, Mr Koznets said it was the most realistic estimate of how much it would cost to buy two pieces.
A pair of Knights, with their black and white pawns, can cost about $2,000.
“So a pair would cost about double the cost of buying two pieces from an online retailer,” Mr Pizzicoli said.
A chess piece could be worth up to $100,000 if it was purchased by a professional player.
But in the end, people would have to pay for it.
“If you’re going to buy chess pieces from a person online and they’re not going to give you the game, then you don’t get a piece,” Mr Mazzaglia said.
But online shopping for pieces may not be a viable option for most people.
“The average consumer would pay a lot for a chess board,” Mr Vignali said.