This Quality Chess Set is standard size for tournament play. It is great for beginners as well. The sides of this American made vinyl board (20 inch) are marked with algebraic chess notation making it much easier to keep track of moves than on a wooden chess board. For comparison, the king is 3 3/4 inches tall. The pieces are made from heavy plastic in the classic Staunton shapes. They all have felt bottoms to facilitate movement. This set comes with a heavy ziploc bags to carry the pieces. It is a set you can be proud to take into public places, but not afraid to knock the pieces together when you make an exceptional move.