Luxury chess sets [REVIEW of The Chess Store]

Luxury Chess Set from The Chess Store

Disclaimer! If you buy any products off the link provided in this article, I can afford my favorite donut with my next visit to the shop!

After some requests, today we are simply going to do a review, and that is of one of the finer types of chess sets. Sometimes you want something special, and in that case, this might just be what you want!

Let’s jump right into it!

 

Let’s have a game at my place!

Sometimes you just want to show off! And often – in my opinion – it’s nice if you don’t show off in a way that tilts everyone around you. A luxurious chess board is definitely one way to go then!

At the same time as you are saying “Hey, look at what I’ve got!”, you’re also doing it in a sort of modest way. If you have some friends over for a game of chess, they can truly appreciate your style and eye for details. It’s not like you put up a huge flag showing yourself wearing a crown…

You simply got an accessory that only the ones invited inside will see!

 

Luxury Chess Sets from The Chess Store

There are many chess sets out there, but for now we will just have a look at the ones from The Chess Store. They have many to choose from, and the one pictured below, is their most luxurious one.

 

Luxury Chess Set from The Chess Store

I decided to put this one here to show you what the high-end of the price scale is at The Chess Store. Their “luxury lobby” consists of a variety of tables ranging from $359 to this one at $1899. For most people, you just get one…

If you just won the lottery, you might consider a couple as birthday gifts as well!

 

Facts about the board

Chess Pieces:
  • Padauk & Boxwood
  • Pieces individually hand polished with solid lacquer and buffing wheel
  • King Height: 4.25″
  • King Base: 1.875″
  • King Weight: 4.2 oz.
  • Chess Set Weight: 80 oz.
  • 2 spare queens are included for pawn promotion
  • Green Baize Cloth Pads
  • Recommended Chess Board Size:  2.375″ – 2.5″ Squares (chessboard is not included)
Chess Board:
  • Square Size: 2.5″
  • Overall Dimensions: 23.875″ x 23.875″ x 1.375″ thick
  • Weight: 12 Lbs.
  • Special finish to protect and seal the wood on every exposed surface.
  • Solid Padauk and Maple – no veneer used.
  • Laminated frame to prevent warping.
  • Decorative corner dowels are used to strengthen mitered corners instead of screws and plates to maintain the old-world woodworking integrity.
  • Decorative maple inlay surrounds the frame.
  • Special interlocking design between board and frame to prevent warping.
  • Exposed squares underneath.
  • Special finish to protect and seal the wood on every exposed surface.
  • Thick felt pads to protect the furniture you sit it on.
  • Unique key-hole on back side of frame so the chess board can be hung on a wall.

Is it just for looks?

This chess set is definitely an eye-catcher, but not at all the only thing it’s good for! This board also makes playing fun, and the feel you get when you slide the pieces across the board, is just amazing!

And here’s the weird part: From just moving the pieces, you feel so “HR” right away! Not many games can make that claim…

So no, it’s not just for looks! It’s also for playing, and quite a nice board to play on as well.

 

Choose according to your wallet

You don’t have to go for the one set above. $1899 is probably a substantial amount of money, so you might want to choose a slightly more “wallet friendly” option…

How much do you want to spend?

And as stated before, these guys can offer just that! They have a wide selection, and you have a lot of options for $350, $500, $800, $1200… Take a pick! And they all look really good, so it doesn’t have to be the $1899 one to make you feel good.

Choose a chess set you’re comfortable with spending a certain amount on, and that you won’t regret. It’s sort of like in the stock market or in gambling in that sense: Don’t put in money you can’t afford to lose! Same here: Spend an amount you feel ok with, and that won’t make you go “DON’T TOUCH IT!” every time someone comes near your newest treasure…

And if you are an avid chess fan, a finer chess set is absolutely something I recommend having. Both for yourself, but it also becomes like a furniture: It’s part of your living room (or whatever room you choose to keep it in). If you need to save for some time to get one of these sets, I can think of many things you probably avoid for some time:

  • Don’t buy coffee on-the-go.
  • Did you need those new “somethings”?
  • Maybe you can use a bike instead of your car to go to the shop.
  • Watch a movie at home instead of the cinema.
  • …and the list goes on!

We all have our small things we could easily skip, but we buy it or do it more out of habit.

Of course, some things you need, and I don’t suggest you starve your way to that chess set… (you have to REALLY want it then…) But most of us spend a few extra or unneccesary bucks here and there when we do our grocery shopping.

 

The knight Hannibal's war horse

Let’s finish this one off with a little bit of a fun fact:

The knight carved for this chess set, is actually a replica of the war horse of famous Carthaginian general Hannibal. This horse is the one he used when riding across the Alps in his fight against the Roman empire, and this is exactly what this chess piece looks like: A war horse!

When you move it, you really feel like you’re going into a battle, and in a weird way, it makes you feel like you can’t lose! Which sadly can’t be the case for both players…

 

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In my opinion, you’ve already won if you get this board!

And please let me know if you do, or if you decide to get one of the many other boards The Chess Store presents.

I hope you found this review helpful, and don’t hesitate to drop any comments or thoughts below. They are all highly appreciated, and I will for sure come back to everyone who does.

 

Happy hunting,

Joachim

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