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Chinese Chess Xiangqi Magnetic Travel Set - 9-1/2''
Chinese Chess Xiangqi Magnetic Travel Set - 9-1/2''
Offered by BesMart
Price: $8.96
9 used & new from $8.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Good Quality Set, November 14, 2015
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This is a very good quality magnetic set. The surface is a metal printed surface that has the color of blond wood as shown in the picture. The pieces have very easy to recognize don't. The plastic of the board body itself is strong and sturdy. The dimensions of the board and the chess chips are exactly as they are on official bigger boards. And in my opinion this one has the best, easiest to read and to look at color scheme.

One very excellent aspect of this set that can rally help any beginner is that the back side of the pieces doesn't have velcrow and is smooth. You can take a sticker of paper apply it on the back side and draw an outline of western chess pieces or whatever piece graphic you want. This is a suggestion only. I am not responsible if then you smear the surface of the board or do it wrong. But for me as someone who wants to teach their friends to play it is very helpful. It takes people awhile to get used to the Chinese characters for all the pieces. But with western chess outlines it will be intuitive.

Note: the set doesn't come with instructions. But it would be stupid to expect it to come with thorough instructions on how to play when all of it is available online and on YouTube.

Nightstalkers (Area 51: The Nightstalkers Book 1)
Nightstalkers (Area 51: The Nightstalkers Book 1)
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Coincidence or Homage to Mass Effect 3?, September 12, 2015
It's really funny how the cover design looks like the cover of a science fiction video game Mass Effect 3. I wonder whether it is on purpose. Both, the book and the game, are about aliens.

Chess Set - Tournament Staunton Complete No. 6 Board Game - Hand Made European 21"x 21" Set
Chess Set - Tournament Staunton Complete No. 6 Board Game - Hand Made European 21"x 21" Set
Offered by Yellow Mountain Imports
Price: $49.97
4 used & new from $49.97

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Board With Average Light Chessmen, August 25, 2015
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I bought this set because I wanted to have a wooden board whose squares are exactly same size as the popular green and white rollout mats. The squares for that should be 2.25 inches.
I already owner superior wooden pieces to use with this board. For the price that this set is selling for you absolutely cannot get better deal than this set. Even more value if you need a set of chessmen.

So for any beginner or for a first set everything with this board is great. But if you expect India made level chessmen this isn't the best set. The chessmen are all of the perfect tournament base size and they do have weights in them. Despite that they are still very light and can slide and fall easily. They do look great and have excellent shape and color. But an experienced owner of chessmen will notice that these are generally poor quality chessmen. The wood is light and you can see the lines or pores where the chessmen were cut in manufacture. They are also not well sealed and lacquered like the $60 and above pieces you could get from India somewhere. That means that when you move your fingers against the chess piece surfaces it will feel porous and uneven, as opposed to smooth, sealed, and lacquered like the really nice ones. (I have seen in videos that Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov used these same pieces when Kasparov was training Carlsen. So they are at least good enough for those guys.)

Despite of what is, in my opinion, below average chessmen, the board surface quality and construction is very very good. It actually is made from inlaid wood squares whose natural grain/lines go into different directions on white and black. That is always pleasant to look at. On top of that the surface is covered with brown stain lacquer on black and the perimeter, and white are slightly beige. All of it is covered with coat of some other sealant which almost makes it look like a thin layer of crystallized sugar. You could say it is like a soft amber shine. The surface is also very smooth and all of my different chess sets' pieces slide so smoothly and with so little friction. That's how these boards are supposed to be.

WARNING: This is my second board from Polish manufacturer Wegiel. And this one, like the other one, came with an imperfection which is caused by about 1 millimeter of disalignment where the two halves of the board touch. It can be a problem ONLY if you want to seamlessly slide pieces across the center. In my case I wanted a smooth movement across the center line. When I saw this slight imperfection I was able to apply pressure onto the board when it was unfolded and put on flat surface. It became perfectly aligned.
This issue has occurred before with a smaller Wegiel board. Sometimes it can be easily corrected and sometimes not so easily. In either case I only recommend you try to put pressure on it if you are skilled and experienced in small construction or woodworking. If you aren't you could break the hinges and to fix it may be difficult without special skill. Just saying this in case you care about that kind of detail.
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Quadruple Weight Tournament Natural Chess Set with Black Board
Quadruple Weight Tournament Natural Chess Set with Black Board
Offered by Chess Geeks
Price: $29.99
3 used & new from $27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Plastic Chessmen, August 16, 2015
I've purchased this same exact set from Amazon before. It was sold by another sales person but it came with the same pieces and the vinyl pad.
These are clearly manufactured the same way from the same mould.

I wan't to ell potential viewers that this is the best quality plastic chess set, as far as the plastic goes. They are NOT the same common "club chess chessmen made from plastic. And which are most common." These detail of the design of chessmen is more intricate than the random common plastic chess men. You can see the knight's head and teeth clearly. The circular surround each piece add even more detail. There are very few plastic residue left attached on the pieces. But you can easily remove them with small knife or some safe too. This applies to imperfections on the less visible chunks of plastic. They are easy to remove.
WARNING: you may see a an long mould line around each piece's center. You should NOT try to polish them with any kind of nail file or sand paper. You will most likely remove the shine and smoothness from that piece and it won't look nice anymore.

Another pro of this chess set is that they are quadruple weighted. It makes the much more pleasant when the chessmen the are heavy. The Kings and queens have extra wide bases. It works well in case someone might touch it in a fast game because it is harder to tip. The king most of the time will shake or do a little spin but not fall as easily as other sets kings.

The Staunton design of the pieces is slightly resembling what's coed Cooke Staunton design. The plastic pieces reviewed here reproduce this design really well behaving consistent curves on each piece. Someone has expressed concern that the teeth of the queen's crown are too sharp. They are only slightly sharp and never have bothered me. But of course it is very easy to file them down a little if you really don't like their sharpness. I didn't do that, but the sharpness has gone away from touching the queen's crown with fingers.

They're just very very good.

I recommend you get the version whose pieces are black and beige (ivory bone color?) for white. It makes them look even nicer

Make sure you remember that they will fit best on the 2 and 1/4 inch squares board due to wide bases of chess men. It will work with 2" squares but will end up being too crowded.
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Nutrafx Chromium | ULTRA STRENGTH 1000 MCG PER CAPSULE | Cholesterol Support Supplement and Appetite Suppressant |Chromium Polynicotinate 100 Caps (3PACK)
Nutrafx Chromium | ULTRA STRENGTH 1000 MCG PER CAPSULE | Cholesterol Support Supplement and Appetite Suppressant |Chromium Polynicotinate 100 Caps (3PACK)
Price: $41.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It works., August 4, 2015
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There is not much to review except to confirm that it does suppress appetite. It does so in a very unnotiable way that it makes the body feel like it functions properly. This is in contrast to appetite suppressants which are metabolism stimulators. Those can cause high heart rate or irritability. This one just works without those things. I haven't felt any side effects either.

Dying Light - Xbox One
Dying Light - Xbox One
Offered by Toys.Online
Price: $31.70
125 used & new from $22.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably One of The Best Zombie Games in Years, May 20, 2015
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I am surprised at how polished and fun this game is. Surprised because some of the same people have developed games such as Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide. They're a pretty good developer from Poland. While those games were fun with zombies and gore, they were very buggy and had a lot if gameplay imbalances. This game is not a sequel but more like a better younger brother of Deae Island games. The game is excellent not only because of better graphics but because of the very fun and bug free gameplay. I almost haven't seen a single glitch or a bug from 30 or so hours of playing.
Killing zombies is very fun and satisfying. There are various ways to kill them creatively that helps the player level up more rapidly or gives some other minor rewards. The acrobatics and parkour aspect , while kind of unbelievable, is very fun. It feels better than Mirror's Edge because it is easier to do various tricks. There are still challenges like enemies in the way it falling when you jump without paying attention.
The developers managed to create a very deceptively challenging combat too. The zombies seem slow and harmless individually but when you get surrounded by them everything changes into a hectic survival combat based on quick responses and resource management. Your weapon can suddenly break, you may run out of medkits, and you might suddenly face runner zombies that occasionally appear.

Finally, you can craft a variety of very fun weapons. It is fun not only because of the weapon use on its own but also because there is an incentive to loot all sorts of boxes, containers, pick locks, and search the dead bodies. That and you will want to find nicer base weapons as well.

The only imperfection in this game is very cheesy and often dumb dialogue when you speak to NPCs or hear your protagonist speak. It's all very cartoony as far as voice acting. It can be irritating.
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Xbox One Media Remote
Xbox One Media Remote
Price: $24.40
80 used & new from $11.26

3.0 out of 5 stars Not the most convenient but functional remote, April 25, 2015
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The remote works well but it is still not the type of remote I want for my Xbox One. You know how the controller works when you do not have to point it at the Xbox? Well this remote you do have to point at the Xbox just like a tv remote. I suppose there may be some standards to follow and the remote can be configured for the TVs so the signal has to work the same way, but whatever the reason, it is less convenient than the gamepad. Unfortunately the gamepad has automatic turn off after non use so then this remote becomes useful.

As far as the remote's design, I do not really like it either. Its surface is not made from the same type of plastic that the gamepad or the Xbox are made of. It is not just matte plastic, but some kind of rubbery soft matte plastic which makes my hands feel very dry and tingly as if I had some sort of baking flour on my hands or talcum powder.
But still this is a preference issue so I can't really criticize this just because I am not used to it.

Remote glows with the same white color as the Xbox One button on the Xbox One so it has the same color scheme. I would prefer green led color like they had in the old white Xbox 360 remote.

FCO: Fundamental Chess Openings
FCO: Fundamental Chess Openings
by Paul van der Sterren
Edition: Paperback
Price: $23.16
51 used & new from $16.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book, April 25, 2015
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I bought this book to familiarize myself with the chess openings and defenses in depth. The book really does deliver. The author goes over a huge number of variations on main known openings that it could be overwhelming. For me as a player of about 1280 it is easy to understand.

There are a few things that probably need improvement. I am not sure whether the text of the book is just British English I am not used to, or heavy editing to reduce text for space, but in many locations the explanations of positions could be explained more thoroughly and more general concepts should be described.

Another thing I would change, and which you should be aware of just in case is that the moves are written in figurine algebraic notations instead of simple algebraic notation. I understand that it may be a choice the publishers have made to make their books accessible to players from non English speaking countries. But to me it is just irritating and interrupt my train of thought when I look at symbols of chessmen instead of a simple letter.

Despite the few drawbacks this is a must have book if you want to know mainstream openings in depth.

Common Sense in Chess
Common Sense in Chess
Price: $0.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Transfer Job in this Kindle Version, April 25, 2015
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This review is of the kindle edition of the book. The book itself is fine if you get it in an edition that is proofread and whose notation is correct. But in this edition there are very crude misprints in the move notation which do not correspond with the text. Such mistakes make this edition unusable for a user who has no other edition to compare it to.

I checked and it looks most of the five star reviews are based on paper bound editions of the book not on the user actually reading this edition.

Quadruple Weight Tournament Natural Chess Set with Green Board
Quadruple Weight Tournament Natural Chess Set with Green Board
Offered by Chess Geeks
Price: $29.99
3 used & new from $16.01

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Excellent Plastic Chess Set, April 24, 2015
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These pieces are absolutely excellent and are better than the other version that costs a little less. Each chess piece is more detailed than the other common design. Knights look nicer, rooks have six cutouts on top. And the smooth curved lines on all of the pieces are very pleasant to look at. The white pieces have a very nice creamy or light beige color of plastic, as opposed to pure white which gives a nice contrast and visibility on a board whose squares are also pure white.
All of the chessmen have nice green pelting on the bottom.
Finally a significant great feature these have is their heavy weight. I can't describe how good it feels to lift a heavy piece like this.
Wide bases make them slightly more stable than the other lower priced version.

If you want a plastic set that comes as close as possible to the high quality full size wood sets, than I cannot think of any better than this one at this point. It comes with a vinyl (or linoleum?) roll out board. It is nice but if you want to use these pieces on a wood board they'll look very much in place and will be beautiful.

This is a great alternative to buying expensive wood sets of the same size because those cost at least a $100, so for this price this a very good set.

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