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  1. Standard member pythagoras
    The mathlete.
    19 Dec '05 05:33
    I want to know what everyone thinks about diffenent types of chess sets. I personally love marble. How about you?
  2. 19 Dec '05 10:45
    I prefer mine to be made of balsa wood, I have breadsticks for arms so can't lift anything too heavy.

    I've got an old wooden set handed down from my Grandad, nothing special but it's got sentimental value now that he's passed away. If I had wads of spare cash though, I have seen some very tasty wooden sets on-line but we're talking thousands of pounds. Marble is nice but I prefer wooden.
  3. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    19 Dec '05 14:18 / 1 edit
    I see a few outside my price range, but the Reykjavik II set that I bought two years ago is pretty nice. Wood, of course.


    http://uscfsales.com/item.asp?cID=10&scID=38&PID=105
  4. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    19 Dec '05 14:35
    Here's one for the Yanks:

    http://a-human-right.com/RKBA/chessboard2.jpg
  5. 19 Dec '05 14:59
    Originally posted by Wulebgr
    I see a few outside my price range, but the Reykjavik II set that I bought two years ago is pretty nice. Wood, of course.


    http://uscfsales.com/item.asp?cID=10&scID=38&PID=105
    Those are very nice indeedy, think it may have been the Jaques pieces that I saw on the web for thousands of pounds. Have you got a nice board to compliment the pieces?
  6. Standard member BlueEyedRook
    Ol' Blue Eyes
    19 Dec '05 16:05
    I think there are three things that make a truly great set:

    http://blueeyedrook.blogspot.com/2005/08/chess-set.html

    1. The queens must be female.
    2. The black and white pieces should be different (not just in color).
    3. BONUS. No piece should be exactly a like. (i.e., one white rook should be distinguishable from the other white rook). (This feature is truly rare).
  7. 19 Dec '05 17:13
    Originally posted by BlueEyedRook
    I think there are three things that make a truly great set:

    http://blueeyedrook.blogspot.com/2005/08/chess-set.html

    1. The queens must be female.
    2. The black and white pieces should be different (not just in color).
    3. BONUS. No piece should be exactly a like. (i.e., one white rook should be distinguishable from the other white rook). (This feature is truly rare).
    Depends whether you want to sit and look at it or if you prefer to play the game.
    Some chess sets are ridiculously difficult to tell which piece is what.
    I prefer the plain old black and white wooden ones.
  8. Standard member Trains44
    Full speed locomotiv
    19 Dec '05 17:27
    Originally posted by pythagoras
    I want to know what everyone thinks about diffenent types of chess sets. I personally love marble. How about you?
    I just bought a gorgeous chess set, I think I paid almost 8 dollars in an upscale "Toys R Us" store.
    Made of shiny durable black and white heavy duty plastic with a pressed wooden board. I think in 6 months time, it will be worth twice what I paid for it. I dont think anyone else on my block has one.
  9. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    19 Dec '05 17:41
    http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/houseofjacques/hand.jpg
  10. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    19 Dec '05 17:49
    Originally posted by TheGambit
    Those are very nice indeedy, think it may have been the Jaques pieces that I saw on the web for thousands of pounds. Have you got a nice board to compliment the pieces?
    yep

    The USCF no longer carries the wood board that I have, and I don't know who does. It was made in Spain, has beveled edges (rather than the more common square), and the playing area is surrounded by an inlaid strip of wood.
  11. Standard member Amaurote
    No Name Maddox
    19 Dec '05 21:00
    I have quite a few themed sets, but I think ultimately I like the Isle of Lewes design best of all - the pawns aside.
  12. 19 Dec '05 21:07 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by pythagoras
    I want to know what everyone thinks about diffenent types of chess sets. I personally love marble. How about you?
    I prefer the chess set that I own - The Cambridge Staunton set from Checkmate INternational! Triple weighted, leather bottoms, smooth silky wood gloss. Vintage ebony and boxwood. Ask for Cindy. lol I don't even play with the set, but I love to hold the knight every now and then just for the feeling. LOL My playing set is a tournament set, quad weighted, indestructible plastic, and an extra Queen in case of promotion just like the Cambridge set. I think every man needs to own one beautiful $200 set. It's well worth the price. Oh, I did see a set on E-bay made out of gold, diamonds, silver and emeralds. It was retailing for about $500,000. I heard Morphy got one of those when he played those blindfold games in some tavern. They also hefted them up on their shoulders and carried him out of the bar. Can you imagine that type of thing ever happening in our time? No! Where did the good old days go?
  13. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    19 Dec '05 21:52
    Originally posted by powershaker
    I love to hold the knight every now and then just for the feeling.
    I hope you wash it afterwards.
  14. Standard member pythagoras
    The mathlete.
    19 Dec '05 22:31 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Dr Strangelove
    Depends whether you want to sit and look at it or if you prefer to play the game.
    Some chess sets are ridiculously difficult to tell which piece is what.
    I prefer the plain old black and white wooden ones.
    I concur that is is easier to play with black and white wooden peices or plastic tournament-style peices, but I still love unusual chess sets!
  15. Standard member pythagoras
    The mathlete.
    19 Dec '05 22:36
    Originally posted by powershaker
    I prefer the chess set that I own - The Cambridge Staunton set from Checkmate INternational! Triple weighted, leather bottoms, smooth silky wood gloss. Vintage ebony and boxwood. Ask for Cindy. lol I don't even play with the set, but I love to hold the knight every now and then just for the feeling. LOL My playing set is a tournament set, quad weight ...[text shortened]... you imagine that type of thing ever happening in our time? No! Where did the good old days go?
    That chess set you have sounds really nice. I also have a georgeous chess set. Marble, with hand-carved peices, and the board is really a work of art. Red-ish marble for black, and white marble for white, with a border about 2 inches thick of white marble. I paid $150 for it.