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I had a fairly high level of expectation considering the price I paid ($85 AUD) and the overall positive feedback about this product. After receiving it and playing a few games over a couple of weeks, I can state that I am a satisfied customer. The chess board is hand-crafted, and as such has little imperfections upon it, such as the number 6 on one side being somewhat disfigured. But to me, this adds to the charm of the item. The pieces are by no means heavy, but feel weighty enough when being used. A worthy buy at the usual price, even better as one of the Prime day deals at 20% off.
This is a beautifully made chess set that is such a pleasure to play with. I can’t wait for my grandchildren to visit when they ask for the chess set. They’ll love this brand new one. Great quality and very easy transaction. Thank you.
Really nice set, pretty much exactly as expected/wanted. The board is a good size, big enough to catch the eye in a room and in terms of aesthetics, certainly pleasing to the eye as well. A few people have reported nicks or scratches, can't say there's any on mine although with the handmade feel of the board, little marks would blend in quite naturally.
The pieces are fine with just a couple of imperfections. One of the knights' eyes is noticeably out of line and one of the little balls on the Queen's crown is crooked. At the risk of sounding contrived, these don't bother me because they just go with the feel of the set. It's not supposed to be pristine and imperfections just reinforce the handmade feel of it.
The pieces are lighter than expected but weighty enough for comfortable play. They stay in place surprisingly well when inside the box too. I was expecting them to have fallen about when turning the board around but they are held in place well by the lining inside the board. The lining is nice to look at if a bit plasticky to touch but like I said, it does the job well.
Bought this as a gift for Christmas which seemed to go down really well. The quality is excellent and each piece is well made with care. There is a faint smell which I see others have mentioned but nothing overwhelming. The 40cm x 40cm set is a perfect size for playing and I wouldn't want anything smaller.
In terms of storage, the chess board folds in half and the bottom side has spaces for each individual piece in a felt box meaning it is easy to store everything without too much risk of losing any pieces!
Packaging on arrival was also as described in a white box - the only downside to the purchase was that one of the squares had quite a large scratch in it which although we can live with, it is a shame.
Hand made, good quality chess set. Smells of wood and lacquer, which is very nice. We are having lots of fun with it with my seven year old. Inside there is a very handy green velvet tidy for every piece, so that the pieces don't rattle inside. Top marks.
Lovely quality looking item, please with how well it is constructed. I wanted something that could be left on display and not hidden in a draw the pieces also are nicely machined and intricate it it was to be improved and only a tiny suggestion would be a cloth case for it all and perhaps magnetic pieces are weighty enough that they stay in place nicely
Looks a great deal more expensive that the selling price. Board looks classy and the pieces are well crafted with the Queen looking splendid and a little different. Wooden pieces have felt bases and the board has the A-H and 1-8 ranks and files marked. And it folds in half and safely stores all the pieces. Have fun!
I found this to be a lovely chess set. I purchased as a birthday gift to myself. There are other Chess sets in a similar price bracket however I did like the handmade nature of the board. It's not 100% perfect but it's the little imperfections that give this board and pieces its great homely/crafted feel. The box opens flat, the clasps and hinges seem robust and inside there is even room inside for storing the pieces properly (which will stop them rattling about).
I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to get into Chess, it makes for a thoughtful "House warming" gift or gift for any other time of year, Christmas, Birthdays etc.
Wonderful,high quality item.Pieces and board are well made and uniform.great to be able to keep pieces tidy within the board.Bought as present for son,he is so pleased with it and shows it off to everyone.Finally got him off the computer.He absolutely loves it.American visitor even took photos to take home and get one for himself when he gets back.Can highly recommend this item.