In St. Petersburg, Russia, 1895 was a pivotal year for chess. Five of the world's most talented chess players came together in what is known as the St. Petersburg Tournament of 1895—by invitation only of course! The results solidified Emanuel Lasker in his position as world chess champion.
The St. Petesburg Chess Set's turn-of-the-century design was originally created to commemorate the St. Petersburg Tournaments by the famous Jaques of London, the game company that also first introduced the classic Staunton-style chess pieces.
Now you can own a St. Petersburg Chess Set at a most affordable price. These beautiful commemorative pieces are available in Sheesham, Ebonized boxwood and Rosewood. We recommend a 2" to 2 1/4" square on your playing board. The set weighs in at approximately 2.5 pounds.
Fully measures up to the pictures on the website. The knights are very well carved, and symmetrical. I doubt you would find better in a Jaques set. The finish is beautiful, the black pieces well ebonized. I should mention that the set is quite light and feels single weighted at best, though I don't see this as a flaw, as some people prefer lighter pieces (Bobby Fischer himself used an unweighted Dubrovnik set) Also, less weighting makes the pieces less prone to developing cracks. All in all, this set is a fantastic value. You won't find better pieces for under $100.
I love it
This is a very smartly designed set. The review below this has everything on the mark. Proportions are good, the knight is far more stout than the pictures show, the rooks have height to them, and the bishops pretty much rock. Yeah, they could use more weight. But they are playable.
The first review here talks about the pieces being brown. Mine were too. And INCREDIBLY dirty. There was a layer of something on them, and they were COATED in wood dust. II was pretty much gonna return them right then, they really looked bad. But then I put a little wax on a cloth and buffed on it. Turns out that they were just really dirty. I spent some time working a bit of wax in them and rubbing it out and they really turned out nice, and jet black.
You might have to spend a half an hour cleaning them up if you get them, but it's really worth it. For the price this is a very nice looking set.
This a beautiful designed set, having none of the usual flaws of others sets such as the rook being too close in size to the pawn, the queen being dwarfed by the king, the queen being to similar in size to the bishop, or the knight looking out of place with the rest of the set -- this set gets everything right.
The craftsmanship was superb on mine. The white pieces had an alabaster tinge to them, and the black pieces didn't show signs of poor ebonizing. My set didn't have any cracks or chips, which is surprisingly common in new chess sets, so I am happy.
My problem with this set is that it's too light, especially for a set this size. Wholesale Chess, do yourselves a favor and at least double the weight. Such a chess set would merit 5 stars easily.
After reading the two previous reviews, I was reluctant to purchase. However, I was pleasantly surprised when the pieces arrived. The first thing I did was weigh the pieces. In their boxes, the set weighed 2 lbs 12 ounces. Without the box I am sure they would be about the 2 1/2 lbs advertised.
I purchased the sheesham pieces and while the color was just a little darker than the picture, I actually liked the color better.
I have a few other sets that are heavier than these pieces but I paid more than twice the cost of this set. For a set that costs less than $80, I am happy with the pieces and they look good on my walnut board.
I agree completely with Mike, these pieces are not what was advertised. It seems that during the manufacturing process they took a lunch break and when they came back to finish, they decided to call it good instead.
The set was nearly a pound lighter than advertised, and the Black pieces were suppose to be ebonized. But instead they were a brownish color. Also, on a personal taste issue, the base of the pieces that actually touch the board is smaller than the base skirt of the pieces. And with them as underweight as the set is, the pieces tend to "wobble" slightly after release. Hence, I am returning them for a refund.