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Wood Expressions Deluxe Tournament Chess Set with Canvas Bag and Triple Weighted Chessmen
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- Deluxe tournament canvas chess bag with shoulder strap
- Super-Triple Weighted Plastic Chess Pieces with 4" King - Collectively Weigh approximately 2.2 lbs
- 4" King - 34 tournament chess pieces, includes extra queens
- 19 3/4" Green and Buff Roll-Up Vinyl Board with 2 1/4" Squares
- Perfect set for scholastic and tournament play
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This is a superior tournament chess set that includes triple weighted, cream and black plastic chessmen boasting a 4 inch king. Each set of chess pieces is made of the best quality plastic and displays exquisite workmanship in the traditional Staunton design with a hefty collective weight of approximately 2 lbs. Pieces have felted bottoms and come packaged in heavy zip lock bags. Our green and white vinyl roll-up board with 2.25 inch squares includes algebraic notation for game analysis. This set meets the World Chess Federation's (FIDE) height, weight, and proportions standards for tournament play. Comes with a deluxe black canvas bag with over-the-shoulder handle and room left for a chess clock.
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The quality is good, with solid triple-weighted pieces. This is a large regulation set suitable for both tournament and casual play. It is really satisfying to feel the solid weight of these pieces as you move them around the board. Their weight also makes them steady so your pieces won't tip in the heat of blitz play. There are mould lines as you would expect on any cast plastic pieces, but they are overall pretty clean. I scraped some extra plastic off the queen's crowns to clean them up a bit.
The bag is nice and has handles and a shoulder strap for carrying. It comfortably fits the included roll-up board, all the pieces for the set, and a chess clock with some room to spare if you want to add some notebooks or other odds and ends. There are also two pen/pencil loops to keep your writing materials in place. Everything seems protected inside and I would not worry about damage from reasonable use.
This is a basic vinyl roll-up board used by clubs and tournaments all over. At first it had a little bit of curl from storage, but I was able to play on it right away without any problems. After letting is sit out for a while it now lies flat with no problems. It rolls of quickly and neatly for storage and transportation and fits nicely into the bag.
The set is packaged thoughtfully with all items protected from damage in transit. The queens even had thin cardboard/paper wrapped around their crowns to prevent damage during transit. Everything is packaged in a manufacturer box and again an overbox from Amazon. The mail carrier would have to seriously abuse this thing to damage it.
If you're looking for a top quality, transportable set that that still has a great look and feel to it then I'd highly recommend this set. But as the title of my review implies, quality comes with a price. This is probably one of the most expensive sets of its kind. But hey, $40 for something that should last you many years of play isn't so bad. You can skimp and opt for a cheaper set, but you will regret it when you pick up hollow plastic pieces that feel like cheap child's toys. If you have the cash and are looking for a portable, durable, regulation chess set, then buy this!
The points are on the queens' crowns are also insanely sharp. So much so that they will draw blood if mishandled with any force or speed. As soon as the fumes had faded to a tolerable level (they're all gone, now) I resorted to taking nail clippers and a nail file to the points to shave them down to a safe ornamentation.
I also did two more modifications; I trimmed the excessive borders off the mat to make it more manageable, and I clipped the gaudy crosses off of the 4" kings. I then filed down the nubs / bases of the crosses so they were nice and rounded, and used nail polish to paint the nubs of the opposing colors (black for the white king and white for the black king). It makes the set almost look like the old Yugoslavian sets common in the 1980's.
After all of the above modifications, I am thoroughly pleased with the set. The pieces feel nice and smooth, and solidly weighted. The weights don't shake around in the pieces the way they do in so many other plastic, weighted sets. They are also very nice to look at. The pawns and bishop are especially simple, but elegant.
The set is so handsome, and of such quality, that I am no longer as eager to drop a few hundred dollars for a high-quality wooden set.
The bag feels a little janky, like it won't last long, but is really more of an extra benefit. The weighted, elegant pieces and the mat, alone, are worth the cost compared to other relatively similar sets that may be a little cheaper.
Pieces are heavy, plastic is good quality, all as expected, but perhaps I would like better a 3.75'' set. Board is very good quality. Bag is good quality canvas and big enough for up to 4.0'' chess sets with 4 queens (maybe too large, but it is needed to accomodate the board). The two flaws I see in the bag are:
1) zippers are very small and fragile to canvas (I am taking a lot of care as people have said theirs broke easily).
2) Pockets for pieces open strangely in the middle, which make a bit more lumsy to fit the pieces without using the plastic bag that comes separating blaks and whites.
Summing up, maybe if I was to use it everiday in the park I would go for a 3.5'' set and a less expensive combo, but what we ordered was duly delivered.
After about 9 months of significant usage, the weightings have fallen out of a couple pieces. They are pretty easy to put back in place with a little glue, so not much trouble in my opinion especially when I think about how much abuse our set gets. I would definitely recommend this chess set to anyone who is looking for a good price/benefit ratio.
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I paid a little extra (really not much) for the weight of the pieces and the carrying bag.Read more
it is heavy compared to cheap ones.^^
you can play nice game of chess if there is a flat surface to play on.^^