Upon receiving this chess set I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the board and upon opening it the pieces are well made and safety nestled in a nice padded interior. I was very pleased with this purchase.
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.
I have ordered this as a Christmas present and was very pleased with the quality for the price. The size of the board is a bit smaller than the average chess set but for something that will be stored it is perfect.
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