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If you want a set of plastic chess pieces that are quality, weighted, and more detailed than the standard plastic pieces, this is the set for you! These historical pieces were created to commemorate the famous 1895 Tournament at Hastings, England, in which many well known players competed, including Lasker, Tarrasch, Chigorin, and many more, but Harry Nelson Pillsbury, a young American from Massachusetts, became the winner. This was a surprise as Pillsbury was basically unknown outside of the United States at that point.
These pieces are available in black or red for the dark pieces and ivory/white or natural for the light pieces.
The red pieces in this set are a dark crimson burgundy and may look darker than the photos above.
I got these today as a gift and it’s such an upgrade from the standard triple weighted pieces. The detail on the pieces are incredible, with a flowing mane and open mouth with distinguishable teeth on the knight. The size of the pieces are quite large, but still reasonably fit on a 20”x20” board. The spikes on the crown of the queens are a bit sharp, so perhaps file them down slightly if in use by children; however, this shouldn’t affect the aesthetic value much. The pieces, most notably the pawns, have a felt bottom padding that slightly lifts them off of the board to give them the illusion that they’re hovering on top of the square a bit. I had once purchased a discounted triple weighted tournament archer combo from WC and found that over half the pieces had loose weights (listed as a possibility in its disclaimer in description, so I’m not upset), so I was somewhat nervous to see if that was the case with this set, but to my delight, all pieces are well built and there are no quality issues. These were the highlight of our chess club tonight! Such a flex! Wholesale Chess rocks!
very fast shipment, the chess pieces are beautiful i am very happy with the way it looks on the board i made. 100% quality for the price
Excellent. Thought the knight a tad short, and tricky to handle. Also they pieces are a bit "translucent" in bright light. Wish they were more opaque, a bit glossier, and the knight taller.
BUT: the weighting is SUPERB, the slide beautifully, and are very easy on the eyes for face to face play, and even for analysis!
Would love to give 4.5 stars out of 5. So gave 4, but it is a very good 4!
These are as beautiful as in the pictures , however, I had thought they would weigh more. I was a bit disappointed and had to buy another set. At least one rook feels a bit light and the seems show more than expected. I'm pretty sure some 800 to 1100 sand paper could help clean these up better. Overall, I'd say these are very nice. It just turns out ..I am kind of picky about Chess pieces. I am 100% sure these would make a fine gift or a fine 2nd set.
This is my favorite among the six sets I purchased from WSC last week (the others were Premier, Marshall, Zurich and 2x Collector) . I find the style very likeable, especially the wonderfully molded knights which very closely resemble those of a much more expensive set by a different vendor. All the pieces are well-made, the seams from the molding process are very unobtrusive. Nicely thick green felt bottoms, too. I got this set in "natural" and black - the finish is matte. The white pieces are in a light beige tone, not yellow - very nice indeed. The set looks very classy. Only moderately weighted, at a total of 1.2kg (2.65lbs), the kings are 55g each. Perfect for speed chess, and they certainly stand firmly on the board. Highly recommended for design & quality. Shipping was safe and super-fast (to Germany).
My friends and I enjoy using these pieces with a silicone board I bought on this site, they have great weight and good looking pieces! I personally like a hefty rook piece in a set, and this had a great one
The Hastings plastic chess pieces with a 4" king is an excellent set of chess pieces. These chess pieces are so good, I have purchased three sets of Hastings chess pieces. I own one set of Hastings chess pieces in the black and natural, and two additional sets of Hastings chess pieces in the color of red and natural. The red and natural chess pieces are visually satisfying along with those magnificent knights. If you're looking to purchase quality plastic chess pieces, I highly recommend the Hastings plastic chess pieces with the 4" king, in the color red and natural. You will love it and enjoy playing chess with the Hastings plastic chess pieces.