Review: JLP Board from Chess House

MGT88

Based upon the recommendations of some of the other members here (and my own research etc.), I purchased the following 2.25" JLP board from Chess House, for about $350 CAD (10% discount): https://www.chesshouse.com/collections/jlp-hardwood-chess-boards/products/raised-edge-style-21-hardwood-players-chessboard-2-25-squares-jlp-usa. I really only make "reviews" when I have an exceptional/positive experience with a company, a product is outstanding, or both; in this case it was both:

  • Great customer service; Josh Burger at Chess House was great with quickly/thoroughly answering my emails etc. (usually within the same hour).
  • Great website/business infrastructure; very polished operation, rapid/smooth transaction.
  • Great product; the quality/look of the board exceeded my expectation by quite a bit, and it looks immensely better/more impressive in person (the pictures on the Chess House website really don't do it any justice). The wood feels very solid, has a great finish, has better colors than shown on the website, and simply exudes "quality".
    • The packaging of the board was excellent; I didn't know what to expect in this regard, but I was impressed; the board was solidly packed, with quite a bit of care (and about 100lb of packing pellets!!).
  • While I don't like to make negative comments about businesses, I do have to say that my experience with Chess House was night and day compared to my experience with HoS; Chess House simply beat HoS in every way possible.
  • Pictures to follow.
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On a humorous note, I discovered that these packing pellets originate from the fiery depths of hell when I tried to clean them up; they were charged with so much static electricity that trying to get them into a garbage bag was like something out of a Bugs Bunny cartoon; they were flying around my kitchen (literally), sticking to every surface in a 10 foot radius, clinging to my hands/clothes, etc. If  I didn't know about static electricity, I would have assumed they were possessed!!

MGT88

Any comments regarding storage? For the moment, I have my two solid-wood boards stored vertically. I have read that storing boards vertically is better than horizontally (because this allows both sides to breathe), however, I'm not sure if this puts undue/uneven stress on the wood. Chess House actually sells a product specifically for this purpose (the "chess shelf" (keeps boards in a vertical position)), although I think some flat carpet does just as well. Thoughts are appreciated.

 

liml
Thanks for the review and that’s a lovely board. In terms of storage, I hired a carpenter to build me a shelf. You can also find some other good storage ideas here: https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-equipment/chessboard-shelf
magictwanger

Very nice board....Hope you enjoy it for many years.

mdero83

What was the shipping rate you were charged if you don't mind me asking?  I'm around Toronto and am looking at a JLP board.

 

Thanks!

MGT88
mdero83 wrote:

What was the shipping rate you were charged if you don't mind me asking?  I'm around Toronto and am looking at a JLP board.

 

Thanks!

I'm also in the GTA; $45 shipping ("FedEx International Economy"), was two days in transit (very fast)

mdero83

Thanks so much.

mdero83

Hi MGT,

 

One more question.  Is the perimeter of the board angled upward to meet the playing area or is the perimeter flat?  It's hard to tell from the pictures!

MGT88
mdero83 wrote:

Hi MGT,

 

One more question.  Is the perimeter of the board angled upward to meet the playing area or is the perimeter flat?  It's hard to tell from the pictures!

The perimeter is angled upward to meet the playing area, however, the slope/bevel it so extremely small that its very hard to see, even in person! The best way to describe it is that, in person, you're aware that there is a slope, but its very hard to actually detect it with your eyes if you try to actually look for it, and it disappears at many different angles. In this video, all of the JLP boards are shown on this chess table that goes with them, which helps you get a better idea of how they are shaped; the raised edge is shown at 21 seconds (be careful not to confuse it with the "Queen Anne"!), and a few other spots in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0fJDDbM0MI. I tried to take some pictures to capture it as best as I could, but its very difficult:

 

mdero83

The subtlety is fantastic!  So many boards are too exaggerated and extreme.  That is a timeless look and shows great attention to detail.

 

Thanks again for responding!

MGT88
no problem, happy to help
lofina_eidel_ismail

The choice of contrasting colors looks good - the JLP series reminds me of the Drueke boards. .... ....... .. 

dubrovnikchessset2

Please add some pics with pieces on it

MGT88
yes I will be doing that soon, I have another review to make
Drawgood

kind of expensive

mdero83

I think given the quality of materials and craftsmanship the price is extremely fair.  I'd love to see comparatively priced boards that measure up.  Am aware of ColoradoWoodworker and  SweetHillWood which look amazing but I'm not sure measure up to the the fit and finish of the JLP boards.