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The wood used for the squares are Cherry and Norway Maple, the border is made from Norway maple. All of the wood used was harvested from local tress fallen during storms. After a really bad storm I ALWAYS drive around with a chainsaw offering to help and haul away some of their larger pieces (so glad I have a trailer).
E.V. from CA writes, “I’ve just received my chess men : they are absolutely astonishing! I knew from the pictures that they were beautiful but they are much more than this: they’re real masterpieces!”
The board measures 15″ x 15″ overall with 1 5/8″ square. There are scratches, imperfections and dings, primarily on the wooden frame. This board would best suit a king with a 1″ – 1 1/4″ base. We ha…
Some of these folding chess sets have the appearance of an antique book, so they can be conveniently placed on the bookshelf on permanent display. These designs were favoured by medieval English churches as they gave the game of chess a more scholarly look.
Veneer chessboards use much less of the deluxe hardwood in their construction and this reliable construction method is much more consistent, so wastage and defects tend to be a lot less making the chessboards less expensive. These chessboards have sharp corners from all edges with matte finish on the top surface of it, hence matte surface will protect the chessboard from finger smudges & scratches.
Below you’ll find many chess piece designs and styles including wood, plastic, marble, metal, and more. A fine set of chess pieces will be treasured for years and you can give your chess set a completely new look by swapping multiple styles with a chessboard you already own.
R.G. from Alaska writes, “I have just received my order of Professional Series chess pieces. I must say that they are gorgeous! I felt I was treated as if one of the family in the way the order was taken and delivered. I’m a very happy customer!”
Choose your chessmen. A common misconception is that plastic chess pieces weigh less than wood chessmen. But this isn’t the case, according to Mr. Sullivan. “Unless you’re talking about a hollow plastic chess set you buy at a Rite Aid or Toys ’R’ Us, the vast majority—wood or plastic—are weighted with a metal slug in the base,” he said. Chess retailers often tout the fact that their pieces are weighted, but it’s a given.
Nowadays there is an enormous range of chessboards available, from low cost cardboard and roll-up vinyl, to ebony and ivory, glass, marble and pearl. Some chessboards are made with such precision and craftsmanship that they are elevated to the level of art or artefact!
We have recently added two new styles of chess boards to our selection. The first type is a very high quality Black Anegre and Maple board that has been produced with a high gloss. This board is a nice complement to our luxury Ebony black chess pieces. These two types of boards are available in sizes from just under 18 inches square to 23.6 inches square. The second type of board is a design exclusive to The Regency Chess Company. It features Black Anegre squares and a medium brown Palisander border. These boards are also finished in a gloss lacquer and they are also available in four different sizes. Both of these fine Spanish boards feature precisely inlaid veneers that have been made to a very high standard.
D.B. from WA writes, “The Marshall chess set arrived last weekend. Opening the package was better than Christmas. To cut a long story short, this set is the finest I’ve ever seen or even held in my hands.”
That being said, the build is of great quality, they are just sending you something other than what you’ve seen. They Definitely need to clean up their act and sales method. Thats unacceptable. I am waiting on the replacement set that supposedly “matches the one listed in auction”. So we’ll see how this one looks…
If you decide to go with a wooden board, chess pro Mr. Dlugy advised purchasing the flat as opposed to the fold-up style. “Solid boards are simply more stationary,” he said. Mr. Seirawan agreed: “A flat board is much preferred as the fold is distracting.”
B.B. from OK writes, “Thanks again, the chessmen and the chess board both got much praise when I took them to work today. Everyone was as impressed as I was, with the beauty and quality of both my chess board and the wonderful chessmen.”
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.
Chess boards available here are made of various materials like wood, plastic, marble, cardboard, Rajasthani gems stone and more. The materials score high on quality that make these chess boards strong and durable. Moreover, these chess boards have color combinations like black and white, and light brown and deep brown.