This white marble and black onyx set is quite nice. The carving in the black pieces is gorgeous, but the white pieces are a bit marred by the white marble color irregularities which can look like repaired fractures. I presume that they are just variegation in the marble, however. The chess board itself is very lovely - the white and black are very glossy and smooth. I haven’t actually given it to my spouse so the pieces have not yet been played with, but I think that the markings, while not completely traditional for bishops in particular, will be adequate to allow for stimulating games with beautiful stone pieces.
Several folks have trashed this chess set but I think it has wonderful possibilities. First the chess pieces are very beautiful but being resin they can break especially the bishops head. The plastic molded insert that holds the pieces in place is functional. I made the following alterations to the set. First I injected liquid insulating foam into the spaces formed by the plastic insert. This firmed up the insert and added mass to the box. Second, I sprayed the exterior of the box with 7 coats of lacquer for a beautiful finish. Lastly I filled in the joints with wood filler and painted it to match. The set now looks like a *** set. You can make a silk purse from a sows ear.
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