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Travel Magnetic Chess Set w/ Wooden 10.4" Board and Chessmen
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- Beech and birch wood board for classic, handmade feel
- Hand-crafted chessmen with felt bottoms are magnetic and weighted
- Portable and beautiful
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This Wegiel Travel Magnetic Chess Set is one of the finest available on the market today. Here’s why: Quality Board - This board is made from beech and birch wood that gives it a classic, handmade feel that many chess enthusiasts will appreciate. There is room inside the board to securely store each chess piece. This is a compact, folding board that is extremely portable. Handcrafted Chessmen - These felt bottom, weighted, magnetic chessmen are made from hornbeam and sycamore wood. The elegantly intricate detail of each playing piece is impressive. Classic Aesthetics - This complete chess set is handcrafted in Poland. It is both portable and beautiful. Its obvious craftsmanship makes it worthy to be put out on display. Buy with confidence. Dimensions: -Board: 10.4 inches x 1.6 inches x 10.2 inches (26.5 centimeters x 4 centimeters x 26 centimeters) -King: 2.2 inches (5.5 centimeters) -Queen: 1.8 inches (4.5 centimeters) -Pawn: 1.1 inches (2.7 centimeters)
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|Item Dimensions||5.5 x 10.6 x 1.6 in||6.73 x 11.26 x 1.61 in||5.5 x 11 x 2 in||6.6 x 12.7 x 2.6 in||19 x 19 x 2 in||21.65 x 21.65 x 1.2 in|
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Top customer reviews
It came a day later than expected since it was shipped by UPS not USPS. Very small, great for traveling. The magnets were weak but then I stuck the chess pieces in the freezer and managed to increase their strength. I tilted the board and the black king and queen pieces started to slip at about a 40 degree angle (honestly if you were expecting the magnetic pieces to hold up to 90 degrees then you'd better pay double the price elsewhere for super magnets).
The board lays flat on both carpet and hard wood. Both halves line up excellently, you'd never know it folds if you didn't see it for yourself. The one thing that I was a little disappointed in though was the inner case for the pieces. I was expecting cut foam inserts with felt over them, instead it's hallow molded plastic (similar to the packaging for hot wheels toy cars) with felt.
Overall though, a very nice product. Most of the price comes from the natural wood that it's made of. Considering how it combines beauty and utility in such a small travel set though, it was worth it.
Although I am not new to chess, I am very new to taking a serious approach to studying chess in the hope that I can improve my game. So, I bought a couple of books recommended to help improve my game and quickly realized that I need a "visual aid" to see what the books are trying to teach me. So, I bought the Carrom Magnetic Chess Set first due to it's many good recommendations. I like the Carrom set for travel or for kicking back in the recliner and reading, but for serious study at a desk or on the couch (if you have a TV tray or other small table to use) I really like this set better. It is just nicer and larger.
1) Has markings for algebraic notation
2) Cheap price
3) Nicely made for the price
1) must be on a sturdy flat surface or it will fold up on you
2) weak magnets (this seems to be the most common complaint of all travel chess sets)
3) can't be "locked" into an open position
I don't know how it can be that nobody has made a truly high quality, fancy travel/study chess set with decent magnets. While some wooden chess sets are routinely manufactured which sell for thousands of dollars or even tens of thousands of dollars (e.g. [...] nobody has bothered to tap into that market and manufacture a high quality travel/study magnetic chess set with anything other than the cheapest material. Until that day comes, I do recommend this chess set as a very good product for the money!
There's quite a strong glue smell emanating from the board. This is definitely not going to end up being some kind of family heirloom but I guess it will get the job done for the price.
It would be great if this product had strong magnets in the piece's base, the installation of the felts on the bottoms was to a higher quality standard, and the storage holder was more durable. They I might give it 5 stars, but as it is, three seems to be about right.