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for many of us, chess is more than a game. we personalize our equipment. we spent years to find the "perfect" set. we choose our playing field, the perfect checkered field, on which we will stand our ground.
i am very curious, on how you came by yours.
if, possible, add a picture. will you? you and your men
^ yeah what Joseph said
Have included a picture below of the set that used to belong to my grandfather and I used to play against my dad with when I was a boy. The set now belongs to me and I've always been fascinated by the design of the and shape of the board and pieces.
My story may not feature an antique set or anything like that, but I'm just as convinced that the one I own is absolutely perfect for me.
I was always intrigued by the style of the bishops is one of the sets offered in Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition. Later, when I was looking at buying a high-quality set (though in a different style because the Chessmaster ones appeared to be in metal, which was a no-no for me) I found one that had the same (slightly improved) style of bishops, and absolutely fell in love, buying the 3.725" version soon after.
My ears are burning!
Here's my Perfection Under $40 entry. HOS 3.75" wooden club, ebonized boxwood, on a green/buff folding vinyl board.
Yep, the venerable St. George. I like the bishop and the knight in this set.
^ I'd always be worried about snapping those, because they look so thin in places.
Thanks for the info golden dog. I hadn't realised the set was a specific design with its own name. I just liked the style of the pieces but that is really good to know.
My newest set. I ripped the rubber back off of a stay-flat board, taped it to the wall, printed out some pieces on card and stuck some pins in 'em
Amazing set you have there. Bleeds character, many hours of thought behind that little magical set ya got there.
Thanks for your comment Chad. I've always thought the set had a kind of magical quality about it and my dad used to tell me that my grandad used to play games on it that went on for weeks at a time. I think also that the fact that it looks so old and battered merely adds to its character.
This is bizarre Vicar...
My wife and I go to her moms house, very old house. Same house her siblings grew up in. Anyways, i see the familiar folded box with a handle.
Saw it between these two tables, very dusty, ( moms passed away for several years) ,so its almost like time stopped in some places in the home.
I pulled this dusty beat up box out, my wife said...oh yea thats my chess set from 20 years ago... I looked at her like....WHY DIDNT YOU TELL ME about this!
Anyhow, very, very, similar Pieces as yours that I was admiring. The board, missing two squares, ill find a woodworker to fix that up. But its amazing..has that same beat up look with ton of character. Funny world. Ill take some snaps of it and show you once i clean her up =)
This....it's the 3rd carryall tourney set I've owned, and the nicest. The pieces are 4X lead weighted and are almost 4 pounds for the set. Can't beat a King that weighs almost a quarter pound. Only 50 dollars US delivered .
Will look forwards to seeing a picture of the set Chad. From your description it sounds really interesting.
Staring at this board would give me a migraine.
Staring at this board would give me a migraine.
Hmmm, why is that?
@arctor your set would be great on an office cubicle wall with a bit of Velcro
I grew up playing on plastic dollar store style sets, but in the last few years my nephew and I have begun playing often, and I've seen a surge of interest. I'd now consider it my 2nd or 3rd biggest hobby.
Because of that, I saw fit to buy a proper set to play on. I'm not really one for buying new things in a hobby like chess when there's so much rich history and variety to pick from on the used market. All the boards on Amazon were fairly boring.
I bought a set off of ebay just like this one. It was made in Yugoslavia sometime during the 70s or early 80s. There are a variety of similar designs, older and newer, in a variety of sizes. This one has 1.75" squares and a King a little over 3". Note that he has no crucifix, so the pieces are a bit bigger than that would suggest. I would say they match a 3.5" King and standard set. The pieces are boxwood and shesham(?), with a boxwood and shesham case. I believe they are lightly weighted, as they do not tip over easily and feel good in the hand. Since I got this set I aquired a small Yugo set as well, in nearly mint shape. Neither board is truly rare, as one or two show up on Ebay each month. However, I continue to search for the elusive 2" square set, which I have only seen once in two years.
Vintage Drueke 18 inch board, Drueke wood set (not quite as vintage as the board) with 3" king:
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