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Drueke 832.97 3.75-Inch Plastic Chessmen

by Drueke

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  • 1.9375 Diameter Base
  • Double weighted
  • For ages 13 to adult
  • 90 day warranty
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Lightweight, durable and easy to handle, these chessmen are considered the standard by which all other plastic pieces are judged. The Deluxe Plastic Double Weighted Chessmen are a great addition to any chessboard. Much care is given to maintaining the correct design with proper base sizing and authentic proportions. Their lightweight plastic material is tough so you won't have to worry about chipping or scratching.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 1.9 x 3.8 inches ; 3.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002FWETYO
  • Item model number: 832.97
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,455 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BigLew on September 3, 2011
I like this set, I don't know why it is not more available, it seems that less and less vendors still carry it.

I guess some may consider it old fashioned b/c it doesn't yet have the "spare queen sales gimmick" that so many of the newer sets use today. Besides these rooks are sturdy and work well as a queen when turned upside down but, I suppose that idea went out of fashion with analog clocks. Also it has a felt paper base, though it is a high quality felt paper, much better than the stuff on the cheap "club special" sets. In fact it is the same kind of felt paper used on the fancy high dollar Studio Anne Carlton sets. But if you are un satisfied with the paper felt, enough real felt to re-felt the bottoms cost less than 50¢ at most fabric stores. With fabric felt, a pair of scissors, and rubber cement and your in business with real felt, So not a big deal.

The rooks are very nice, wide and well weighted not skinny little towers like other sets have.

The knights are just awesome, big and heavy and make a great sounding thud when dropped on c7 (or c2) forking the uncastled king and rook! I love the knights one of the best features of the set, However, they do look diferent than the ones in the stock picture above. The actual knights are molded with an open mouth.

I have had mine for about 5 years & the cross broke off the black king when it was dropped about 3 feet on to a hard tile floor. But it was easily & unnoticably repaierd with supper glue. The same thing also happened to both kings on my Ultimate Tripple Weighted set.

The online places that still have this set usually sell it for about 40 bucks. I was able to get for much less on a clearence sale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Knight Hawk on May 15, 2011
This review is of the current Drueke Staunton plastic chessmen 3.5 inch, which I purchased in white (ivory) and black (ebony). The honey colored (natural) set is identical except for the color of the "white" army. I prefer black and white, which remain the de facto standard among club players.

Over the years, I've used just about every plastic chess set there is, and have formed strong opinions on which are best. This contemporary Drueke set is a modern yet tasteful re-interpretation of the classic Staunton design. I much prefer the clean design of this set over those stodgy "antique" style plastics that are currently making the rounds.

These Drueke chessmen sport a very smart matte finish. The pieces appear to be quadruple weighted! With this much steel weight packed inside the base, most plastics would shatter when dropped on a hard floor. The Drueke weights, however, are made to pop out if pieces are dropped on a hard surface, thus preventing any damage. Then, it takes only a moment to snap the nifty weight capsule back into its cleverly designed base. What's more, the plastic is extremely tough; not brittle at all. It's very high quality plastic that looks and feels great. Seams are minimal. These chessmen are impressively solid, heavy, and designed to last a lifetime. I cannot say this about any other chess set I've seen, plastic, wood, brass, or whatever!

However, the paper felts that these chessmen come with are a BIG disappointment. I re-felted mine with real wool felt. Not difficult, but it takes a couple hours to do well. Here's how: Remove the paper felts with mineral spirits and roughen bottoms of chessmen with sandpaper to ensure a good bond.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rich on March 24, 2012
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This new set by Drueke is quite good by all measures. It compares favorably to their older 35H model. In general, the pieces are heavier and bulkier in design while being about the same height as the older 35H set. The Kings are exactly the same height in spite of the 3.75 inch advertising. It is in fact 3 5/8th inches or 3.625 inches. (An 1/8 inch more than 3.5 inches tall. (Or... a quarter inch shorter than advertised.)) The queens are the same hight too. The new king is 2.8 oz. whereas the old is 1.95. The Queen: old, 1.8; new, 2.15 oz. The knight: old, 1.75; new 2.45! My knight's mouth is open but not as much as the 35H knight. It is also bulkier and less secure in grasp. I guess they made them heavier because it's really the only piece you have to pick up and handle well, as in a blitz games. Back to the weigh-in... Bishop: old, 1.65 versus new at 1.82. The Pawn: old, 1.06; new, 0.91. Less now. I wish it was heavier than the older one but it's pretty darn close. That's the team.

The bases are barely at all wider on some pieces and barely smaller at all when compared to the old 35H set. The wide diameter bases make it feel like the piece is taking itself out of your hand when landing--the snap factor. Another, is that all the pieces have very flush bottoms, which means no wobble at all for any piece, in my set. The felt is the only cheaper looking thing about it all. It looks okay, but the pieces don't slide so agreeably with such thin papery looking felt. It's glued on well, but I'd rather re-felt then myself when I get the chance. Perhaps the only thing I don't like, and it's minor, (no way, really?), is the collar around the pawns--they feel edgy. And yes, the finish on all the pieces do have a pebbled, sort of sandy finish which is eye-pleasing.
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