Opinions on this set?

LeoLevai
what do you guys think about this one? https://etsy.me/3gq6IMI

or maybe this one? https://etsy.me/3cTWHad
Westsailor32

I have a 12" folding magnetic set similar to those (but in Rosewood) and one thing I found I dislike is having to pick out (and put back) each piece. It's tedious and discourages a quick game/analysis. In retrospect given the 'non luxury' quality and size of the pieces I think I would prefer just dumping the pieces inside when done

Pawnerai
Westsailor32 wrote:

...one thing I found I dislike is having to pick out (and put back) each piece. It's tedious and discourages a quick game/analysis. In retrospect given the 'non luxury' quality and size of the pieces I think I would prefer just dumping the pieces inside when done

+1 all day. I hate picking and plucking out the pieces. These are not heirloom quality pieces here. No need for that foam. I would tear out the foam and glue felt/baize material on the interior. Maybe use a drawstring bag for the pieces and store the pieces in the board. 

If it was me, and I was buying direct from the manufacturer, I would ask if I can purchase a board without the foam. If plucking and replacing the pieces into the foam every single time doesn't bother you, by all means, those boards are pretty good bang for the buck! I like that they both have fabric covering the hinge. A must.

LeoLevai

I agree actually, I gotta find a staunton set... really want one of those

 
 
 
 
 
MCH818
Pawnerai wrote:
Westsailor32 wrote:

...one thing I found I dislike is having to pick out (and put back) each piece. It's tedious and discourages a quick game/analysis. In retrospect given the 'non luxury' quality and size of the pieces I think I would prefer just dumping the pieces inside when done

+1 all day. I hate picking and plucking out the pieces. These are not heirloom quality pieces here. No need for that foam. I would tear out the foam and glue felt/baize material on the interior. Maybe use a drawstring bag for the pieces and store the pieces in the board. 

If it was me, and I was buying direct from the manufacturer, I would ask if I can purchase a board without the foam. If plucking and replacing the pieces into the foam every single time doesn't bother you, by all means, those boards are pretty good bang for the buck! I like that they both have fabric covering the hinge. A must.

+2 Now that I think about it removing the pieces from the foam and then having to put it back was the part I hated about the 12" magnetic set I had from Chesshouse.

sound67
Westsailor32 hat geschrieben:

I have a 12" folding magnetic set similar to those (but in Rosewood) and one thing I found I dislike is having to pick out (and put back) each piece. It's tedious and discourages a quick game/analysis. In retrospect given the 'non luxury' quality and size of the pieces I think I would prefer just dumping the pieces inside when done

Good God, and I thought I was lazy. 

sound67

Get this one, it's better quality: https://www.etsy.com/de/listing/625274655/12-holz-magnetische-faltreise-reise?ref=shop_home_active_2&frs=1&crt=1

 

ogbumblingpatzer

Have to admit, it has never occurred to me to nix a set because the pieces had individual storage. For me, the benefit outweighs the effort, so thx for the link to that set @sound67.

LeoLevai

This one's awesome, might as well get this one. Looks good quality indeed. Hope it's worth its' buck.

 
 
 
 
 
Westsailor32
LeoLevai wrote:

This one's awesome, might as well get this one. Looks good quality indeed. Hope it's worth its' buck.

 
 
 
 
 

That is the exact same 12" folding set I was referring to in my post. I love the choice between two styles of knights ("Chauvet" & Staunton) and if you look closely the board is made of (albeit thin) solid wood squares, not veneer. Everything about the set is a thumbs up except having to deal with the time it takes to set up the board (and 're-pack' it)

Westsailor32
sound67 wrote:
Westsailor32 hat geschrieben:

I have a 12" folding magnetic set similar to those (but in Rosewood) and one thing I found I dislike is having to pick out (and put back) each piece. It's tedious and discourages a quick game/analysis. In retrospect given the 'non luxury' quality and size of the pieces I think I would prefer just dumping the pieces inside when done

Good God, and I thought I was lazy. 

It's not a case of being 'lazy'. It is supposed to be a travel chess set meaning, IMO, it should allow for a quick set up and breakdown. That is absolutely not a feature of this set. If you want a nice quality analysis set you can leave set up, not have to pack it away every time you're done with it it's great. Otherwise it's a PITA to deal with particularly as you have to remove every piece when opened or the board won't lay flat

Westsailor32
Pawnerai wrote:
Westsailor32 wrote:

...one thing I found I dislike is having to pick out (and put back) each piece. It's tedious and discourages a quick game/analysis. In retrospect given the 'non luxury' quality and size of the pieces I think I would prefer just dumping the pieces inside when done

+1 all day. I hate picking and plucking out the pieces. These are not heirloom quality pieces here. No need for that foam. I would tear out the foam and glue felt/baize material on the interior. Maybe use a drawstring bag for the pieces and store the pieces in the board. 

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I'm actually contemplating doing just that... tearing out the foam and lining the interior with felt

Westsailor32
ogbumblingpatzer wrote:

Have to admit, it has never occurred to me to nix a set because the pieces had individual storage. For me, the benefit outweighs the effort, so thx for the link to that set @sound67.

Never occurred to me either... In retrospect I wish it had

Don't get me wrong. I love everything about the set I have (the exact one @sound67 linked to) except the time it takes to set it up and break it down, put all the pieces back in their individual, teeny little slots. I certainly would not think so if it were luxury pieces (I lust after a chess box with individual storage for my ebony/boxwood Staunton set) but as an inexpensive travel set it really is annoying to the point I don't drag it out as near often as I'd intended

MCH818

Me too... I love the magnetic set @Sound67 recommended. I have been looking at that set once in awhile since he posted about it a while back. I have to admit that I am lazy when it comes to the magnetic set. I am normally very picky about my chess sets. All of my sets including my $100 HoS 3.25" Grandmaster set has to placed in a box standing up. It is very OCD I know, but having to put pieces into individual slots like my old Chesshouse 12" magnetic set is a little much even for me. This is one of the benefits of a plastic set like the Ultimates. I can just drop them into a shaving bag and I'm done with it. I would like a similar thing for a magnetic set if I were to ever get another one. That's just me.

QueenClaudia2003

Why doesn't everyone just forget about the slots on the back and store the pieces in a bag instead?

TheOneCalledMichael
QueenClaudia2003 wrote:

Why doesn't everyone just forget about the slots on the back and store the pieces in a bag instead?

Lol....now why would you say something sensible like that? :')

QueenClaudia2003
TheOneCalledMichael wrote:
QueenClaudia2003 wrote:

Why doesn't everyone just forget about the slots on the back and store the pieces in a bag instead?

Lol....now why would you say something sensible like that? :')

Kept thinking I must be missing something, maybe I still am lol. I actually quite like the storage for the pieces.

TheOneCalledMichael

I like the slots too.

Now I'm just thinking outloud but what could happen if they're not in their slots... maybe one or two little finials break off during a fall? You know ...Murphy's law and all....

ogbumblingpatzer

Hey, to each their own. I have multiple boards that "feature" individual piece storage and I was merely observing that it had never struck me before that it would be considered a negative happy.png

MCH818

I loved the idea at first too. I had this one. https://www.chesshouse.com/collections/travel-chess-sets/products/12-magnetic-travel-chess-set-in-black-and-boxwood. The individual slots look so good. It looked so organized and neat. The best part is the case is the size of a record so I can place it next to a few vinyl I have left. What could possible go wrong with that. This was my exact thinking. That is until I had to remove the pieces from the slot each time. The problem with the one I had was the pieces sat flush with the foam. The foam was on the hard side. Both things made it difficult to dig the pieces out. The board recommended by @Sound doesn't have pieces that sit flush with the foam so I assume it might be easier. For me, the individual slots looked and sounded so good on paper until I actually had to use it. If you don't mind digging the pieces out then more power to you.