For $100 you should be able to get a pretty kick-ass set. Look for “House of Staunton” sets sold on ebay, not directly through the HOS site. They are usually much discounted for some reason. (I personally think a lot of the deep discounted stuff on ebay — esp if its shipping out of NYC/northern jersey — to be swag but what do i know).
There radical boards which have eve departed from the flat surface to become a series of steps where pieces move up and down the steps. Some bright spark designed a board in which each square is a folded GB £20 note, the pieces are little piles of money of different values the bronze one pence coins being the pawns.
M.N. from TX writes, “The chess sets arrived today. WOW, I had heard that the House of Staunton chess sets were the best around and now I can see why! Both sets are absolutely beautiful. I know I’m going to enjoy the Zagreb set.”
Yes, that’s a good set. Usually you would substitute the rosewood for the ebony for Black instead of for the White, but if it works for you, it’s cool. They are well-made, well-weighted, and from a respected dealer.
You can get creative here and alternate the color for each side of the board cherry, maple cherry maple… I decided to go with the maple on all sides. These are glued on each side and mitered with one another at the corners.
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Just an update guys – I have had a bad experience with TheChessStore so far! The set arrived, and although the build quality is excellent (weights, felting, finishing), the set looks nothing like the eBay auction above I came to find out from TheChessStore that they switched manufacturers and that is the reason for the different look. I am waiting for a replacement set that supposedly closer matches the one I paid for.
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Try Ebay. Use “staunton” in the search function to filter out all the goofy theme sets. Even if you don’t buy on Ebay you will at least get a very quick lesson on the current chess market so you don’t do something silly.
Hello, great project thanks for sharing! I’ve just completed the second glue-up and sanded it all down again but I’ve noticed a kink in one of the corners meaning the board does not lay completely flat. Is there anything I can do about this, such as clamp it flat and leave for days hoping it will stretch, or is it something I’m going to have to put up with? (This is my first woodwork project)
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I have a very nice 3.5″ wood set from TheChessStore, and I can vouch for their high quality. The set you are looking at from eBay should be a very nice quality set that I think you would be very pleased with.
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http://www.wholesalechess.com on Thursdays they have good specials. I recently purchased an official Chess.com hat, Chess.com t-shirt, Premium tournament (large pieces, heavy, very nice) which comes with a case, and a DGT Easy Timer for under $100 bucks. Great deal.
This is our first purchase of this item. It will supplement our first place prize for our tournament this year. I was incredibly impressed when it arrived. I’m not normally a fan of travel sets but this might just convert me.