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Help me decide on a set

  • #1

    I'm debating between two sets and thought maybe some of you could help me out!

     

    Set 1 https://www.chessbaron.com/chess-X2080.htm

    I like:

    the beautiful color of the wood

    dramatic knights

    Not sure about:

    more expensive

    haven't seen much feedback on Chess Baron - does anyone here have experiences?

    rook shape is "meh"

     

    Alternatively, set 2 https://www.chessbazaar.com/the-california-chrome-staunton-series-chess-set-in-bud-rose-box-wood-4-1-king.html

    I like:

    cheaper

    each piece has a nice shape

     

    Not sure about:

    ChessBazaar seems to have quality issues based on some posts here

    color looks nice in the pictures, but I wonder if it will be lighter than I want in physical form. Bud rose tends to look lighter than this with other manufacturers (or other lighting?), and I prefer the dark brown anyways. Can anyone comment on whether the CB pictures accurately portray color?

    not convinced of the triple rings on the bottom, especially on pawns

     

    I know it's ultimately up to me but I'd be very appreciative of your thoughts!

     

  • #2

    Not sure what the rules are in Canada, but here in the US, the USCF only allows "Staunton" style sets to be used at tournaments.  I know a guy that has the most beautiful sets you have seen, and he brings them to the club.  He runs into the occasional opponent who will not play on it for offically rated games.  I ask this because im curious if this will be a set for your personal use, or for tournaments?

  • #3
    I personally like #2 better but it’s mostly because I dislike the knights that you like. I haven’t dealt with either of the sites and i always do a cheap purchase when I first deal with a site. HOS has always met my expectations.

    @fisheyed I think when talking about luxury Chess sets it’s safe to assume it won’t travel much.
  • #4
    AlkinKing wrote:
    I personally like #2 better but it’s mostly because I dislike the knights that you like. I haven’t dealt with either of the sites and i always do a cheap purchase when I first deal with a site. HOS has always met my expectations.

    @fisheyed I think when talking about luxury Chess sets it’s safe to assume it won’t travel much.

    Agreed, but like i said, we have a guy at our club that brings his ridiculously nice sets.  Just wanted to make sure :-)

  • #5

    Maybe because I am a TD, certified, but all the sets I bring are tournament legal.  And I bring a lot of different and nice sets to our club for rated play.

    The sets he considers are both Staunton design enough to be legal.  Perhaps your local TD is being harsh in his considerations.

    As to the OP I think you would be happier with the Chess Baron set.  You have more things you like about that set.  

  • #6

    Thanks for the responses!

    FishEyedFools: I'm planning to have this set for just personal use.

    AlkinKing: I see your point about going cheaper. Just worried about having to deal with a quality control issue. I checked out HoS as well as the other big sellers, but none of them have the type of aggressive knights like in these two sets (or if they do it is wildly expensive).
    Eyechess: I do like the Chess Baron set quite a bit... Mainly hesitating because I haven't seen any reviews of that retailer on these forums or elsewhere.

  • #7

    @joelthefox I orded from Chess Baron before. I have no complains. The order is without damage and it's very beautiful. Official Staunton also has the Sheffield: https://www.officialstaunton.com/products/sheffield-rosewood-chess-pieces

     

     

  • #8
    The sets are okay, but I don’t like the knights. Staunton knights are more elegant.

    I would like to suggest you to have a look on sets that you also can use on tournaments and transport without being afraid that pieces will break.

    Do you know, the more you deal with chess sets, the more you appreciate the beauty of traditional, simple sets.

    But if you really like these sets, then take one of them, of course. It is only my personal opinion.

    Good luck!
  • #9

    I bought these chess pieces from CB last year when they were running their holiday sale. Let me tell you about my experience with CB. They're based in India, but ship surprisingly fast and their customer service is phenomenal. Yeah, have read some bad reviews, but somehow, all my experiences with them are satisfactory. The craftsmanship is beautiful and the color and grain of the wood is really attractive. I would recommend to hunt around a bit on their website, they recently launched very nice sets. You can get spectacular pieces with a lot of craftsmanship at very fair prices. So, it is worth to invest a little time because they have a huge range of wooden chess sets and most likely you'll be using them all your life! If you buy pieces and boards separately, remember to check that they fit properly.

     

    I'd recommend going for the lacquer one, it looks elegant and at the same time, it will prevent your pieces from oxidation. I now regret why I not ordered with lacquer finish. It is highly recommendable, considering the value for the money. The only downside of CB is that they ship replacements via India Post which usually takes 8-13 days to reach the destination. But Chess Bazaar does not charge for replacement or postage, unlike other chess manufacturers. I've attached some pictures of my set for your reference.

    Good Luck!

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  • #10

    @torrubirubi Hmm, maybe I will come to that opinion later, but right now I feel the regular knights look too bland!
    @Robert_Philley Thanks for the pictures, that is very helpful! The black side appears to have more red than the website pictures let on. And by chance it seems you have the board from Chess Baron! 

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