What makes these chess pieces unique?
Ebony and Boxwood Chess Pieces
This ebony and boxwood chess set has triple weighted chess pieces, features double queens, and leather pads.
What are the dimensions?
King size: 4”. King base width: 1.75”.
What the heck is the king base width? It is the diameter of the base of the king (the bottom of the king piece). This measurement is important when selecting the right chess board square size for the chess pieces that will be playing on it.
What are some of the unique selling features of this product?
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The chess set wood explained:
The dark chess pieces - Ebony wood defined: Species of ebony are from India, western Africa and Indonesia and is prized for its luxuriant, multi-colored wood grain.
The light chess pieces - Boxwood defined: Boxwood has a fine, even texture with a natural luster. The grain tends to be straight or slightly irregular.
Why Weighted Chess Pieces?
You have a wide variety of chess pieces and boards to choose from, they may be referred to as weighted, what does that mean and do I want them?
The main advantage of a weighted chess piece is they will not tip over easily like a standard chess piece would, which is desirable when a player is reaching across the chess board to make a move, it would be embarrassing not to mention an inconvenience for both players.
The feel of a weighted chess piece is desired by many players because they are comfortable to the touch and glide smoothly across your chess board.
In the past chessmen were often weighted by placing a steel weight inside, so if they were referred to as triple weighted it meant there were three steel pieces inserted or two if it was double weighted.
The multiple insert practice is no longer used and currently each insert is weighted to equal the standard, double or triple, since there is no standard in terms of chess piece weight it can be subjective.
Regardless a weighted chess piece feels and performs better than plastic chessmen with no weight at all.
Tournament chess players prefer weighted chess pieces and the preferred chess set is the Staunton because it is the standard for tournament play and has requirements that have to be meant put forth by the United States Chess Federation.
Why double queens?
To be used for pawn promotion which is a chess rule that requires if your pawn reaches its eighth rank (the pawn reaching the other side of the chess board) it must be immediately replaced by the player's choice of a queen, knight, rook, or bishop of the same color (in this case a queen). The new piece replaces the pawn on the same square, as part of the same move.
The making of a chess piece.
The plastic chess piece.
If the chess piece is injection molded then large numbers can be produced at an economical price, yet these chessmen are perfectly functional chess sets.
These plastic pieces allow the player with a lower budget to be able to purchase a chess set and enjoy this amazing board game.
The wood chess piece.
High quality wood chess pieces generally are individually turned and carefully fashioned by craftsmen.
Chess pieces begin life as blocks of hardwood, usually sandalwood, boxwood, rosewood or ebony just to name a few.
The expensive chess pieces have great attention to detail; often the knight is the piece that will have amazing detail with the detailed teeth and attention to the mane of the horse.
This detail requires a high quality hardwood so the chessmen will be strong enough for game play.
The other chess pieces.
Wood and plastic are not the only materials used to make chess pieces there are a plethora of other materials, only limited by ones imagination.