Be proud of your heritage and show off your American pride with the American Staunton wood chess set. This set features our exclusive American Staunton wood chess pieces, paired with a wood board, and a drawstring bag (Bag color may vary according to inventory levels) for your pieces. Upgrade your drawstring bag to a quality wood chess box and make your set stand out even more.
American Staunton Pieces:
Your choice of Wooden Board:
Your choice of Box/Bag (drawstring bag, burlwood box, bubinga box, or dark brown box):
First off, this set was delivered while I was gone. It flooded. There was a thunderstorm. And a tornado. When I got home and saw that the box was so wet that cardboard was melting off, I panicked. But it turns out these sets are shipped with care; everything inside was in perfect condition.
PIECE FEEL AND CONSTRUCTION
The pieces feel well-weighted; not too heavy to make an easy capture, but not so light as to fall over easily. The bases are felted well. After an exhaustive search for imperfections, I can say that it looks like maybe there's a minor asymmetry at the top of the white king. I wouldn't have noticed it if I weren't looking for it. The braiding at the rear of the knights is cut in a deliberate asymmetry, and it looks quite nice.
Playing the pieces makes a nice, quiet "thud." I think the bigger sets with in-built storage probably make a better acoustic sound, but at this point I'm just looking for minor quibbles, because this really is a great set. You get what you pay for. :)
RECOMMENDATION: GET THIS - AND ALSO THE CONTAINER FOR THE PIECES
I recommend the set; after seeing how nice the pieces are, I wish I'd sprung for the better piece container instead of just cheaping out for the felt bag. You'll want to keep these pieces in good condition, especially because this really is a lifer set.
I got this set for Christmas, and it's everything that I hoped for/expected. Much larger than I anticipated, but that's good! The pieces are VERY nicely weighted, and slide across the board very well. This is my favorite and the best chess set that I have.
So far (I've had the set about two weeks) I am happy with this set. The dark and light squares make it easy to delineate the layout of the board and quickly access the game situation. And it is a good looking board with good pieces. I have no complaints about the esthetics and useability.
The only thing I I didn't like was the tiny, almost useless felt pieces on the underside of the board. They are about the size of a quarter and less than half the thickness.
I want the board to turn smoothly and quickly from white to black, black to white. And I like it raised just a little so as to pick it up if need be.
I bought eight 4 inch round felt pads about 1/4 in thick and stuck these to the bottom of the board, one on each corner and 4 in the middle. Now it has fine support, turns easily and is a breeze to pick up.
This is an excellent set. Much larger than I anticipated, but I love it! The pieces are well made and of substantial weight. The board is beautiful. I love that there are extra queens. I anticipate many, many years of play. And, it looks good set up in my den!
This is a beautiful set. The board, the pieces and the storage box are all top quality and will be enjoyed by my family for decades.