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Let me tell you my favorite chess set story.
Some decades ago, when I was working in Center City Philadelphia, I passed a store during my frequent lunch-hour walks that had, among many other things, gorgeous chess sets. One day I walked in and looked at them closely. Fell in love with a beautiful wood set -- very sleek, very smooth, oh so beautiful! I decided I HAD to have it. It cost a little over $300. I didn't have that kind of money, but the storekeeper said he would put that set on layaway for me if I would pay some amount every week. Deal! I put down a deposit and every week came in to pay a bit more. Finally, after many months, the set was mine!
I loved it dearly, but it wasn't long before I realized I'd made a mistake. My little apartment at that time didn't have any space to display this gorgeous set. What good was it sitting in the closet? So the next time my son from California came to visit, I offered it to him. After all, he played chess occasionally and maybe with time, he would teach this wonderful game to his young children.
Some years passed and I visited him in his beautiful home. I looked around to see where that fantastic chess set might be displayed. I saw it nowhere. I didn't want to ask, but finally curiosity got the better of me.
"Son, do you still have that chess set?"
He looked quite embarrassed.
"Well, you see, Mom, it's this way. We had it displayed here," pointing to a conspicuous spot on an end table. "Then the kids decided to play. They play chess a little differently." Now he looked crestfallen and ashamed. "They would throw one piece, then another, and another and another..... Finally, the King lost the cross on top of his head, the knight lost his head......"
I shushed him. "It's okay, son. I understand."
Lesson learned. Never buy something you can't afford that you don't have room to display.
And for this reason, ESNAJ decided to make "Children's chess" in rubber.
The HOS Zagreb. Beautiful. I have the rosewood one.
I got it from Chess Bazaar actually.
not sure this is my most expensive, but it's my favorite board with my favorite set, and neither was exactly cheap.
I agree with Rsava that proportions can be a personal preference. I also happen to like a slightly crowded board. I think it shows off the pieces better. They tend to get lost on a larger board.
'Soviet 1941 set' by Noj of Slovenia
Don't be shy
i am little shy. because i own none.