There are small chess sets, and there is this chess set. The very compact traveling set is hinged in the middle, so the playing surface is twice the size of the closed set - useful when space to pack is limited. It's even small enough to fit in a pocket or purse. Although small, there is no compromise on quality. Each wooden piece is carefully finished, small but perfectly formed. Both the board and the pieces are magnetized, to ensure that play continues on the journey. When not in use the pieces are safely encased in the folded wood box, which fastens securely with a carved metal clasp. A perfect gift for a traveler, however long or short the trip.