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on July 24, 2012
I take these reviews very seriously. I have bought a lot of items from amazon over the past year and find that I lean on these reviews a lot to make a decision about a purchase. I have found there are usually two problems encountered, a defective product (in desigh or construction) or a misrepresented product by a dishonest vendor. I have found both to be true here.
First, the board is not marked with black and clear squares as shown in the picture. The dark squares are etched, not black, and hard to see unless the board rests on a dark background. Second, "Elegant" is an absolute misrepresentation of the set. It is a cheap set and the casting of the chessmen is weak at best.
The board is small and it's easy to knock over the adjacent chess men when you play. The felt pads on the bottom of the playing pieces fall off every time you use the game. I've had to remove them all. The felt pads are black on the bottom and white on the top. The white shows through the checker pieces and makes it hard to tell what color the piece is. Also, if you crown a man the top checker keeps falling off because the pieces are not flat. In fairness, for the money this is not a bad deal. The problem is the vendor misrepresented the product both in the picture and in his discription...dishonest vendor!