Wait, before you answer, let me at least lay the background.
I was looking at some wooden tournament chess boards on the House of Staunton web site -
I thought that one of these boards might make a good choice for a cheap wooden board that I could take to club tournaments, yet not have to worry too much about minor damage from use. However, the longer I looked at the boards, the more I was sure that something wasn't quite right. Then it hit me - The grain of the wood used for the squares runs horizontally (from the perspective of the player, white on right). So I did a little checking. Sure enough, the default Fritz board that I use on Playchess has the grain running vertically. So do my three real wooden chessboards that I own. Also, a little checking on the web showed that the DGT boards also have the grain running vertically. It seems that the clear majority of boards have the grain oriented vertically. (However, some of the other HOS boards have horizontal grain, such as their Superior Traditional and Custom Contemporary boards.)
Not knowing whether I'd be able to adjust to the different grain direction, I decided to pass on these boards. Soooo, the question is, am I nuts for noticing this and letting it be a factor? Have any of you ever had this concern?