Since we’ve had a number of threads on chess the last couple of days I was wondering what others have in the way of sets.
I have a number of them, well three actually, which is a number. One is the elctronic Excalibur, at least I think that’s what it is. I don’t much play it, and haven’t actually played against the computer in quite some time.
The first nice set I got was a wooden set that looks like a book when closed. I don’t much use this one either, though I have here and there.
My third set I got in Romania. It’s supposed to be hand carved, well it looks like it is, and cost me around US$3. I got it at a stand along the side of the road. It was all tourist stuff, but still I like it because it has a story behind it. Though I still don’t know which one the King and Queen are, I have picked the one I think looks like a king and went with that.
I wouldn’t mind having a really nice set, but all the ones I’ve seen lately are not all that interesting. I would love to have a set made of “Eddies” from Iron Maiden, but I’m afraid I’d have to make it myself. I think this would make a great pawn.
I have several that have accumulated over the years. There is a nice wooden one I got in Germany 30 years ago, a tourity Mexican stone set, and the one I use most often lately, a copy of the glass set Magneto had in X-Men.
I have several other sets of men, ceramic and metal. No boards to go with, but nice men.
I have a nice wood set with a box that my sister painted and fixed when it got broken so now it looks nice. The board was fixed once when it got cracked being sent out to colorado, but it was fixed well enough you don’t notice. It used to be my dad’s so its at least 30 years since he bought it.
Its a pretty big board, easily take up a large part of a table. It’s got brown and white squares.
I also have a 4 player set thats just like a cheapo board you can find in kmart or something.
Mine is a set that my Mom got for me while she was in Ecuador and I have to say its up there with the most un-pc chess board possible, conquistidors versus the natives. The pieces are nicey carved and its a very nice set but man its just so wrong.
I have an old wooden and stone (onyx and quartz) set I bought in my early 20’s. And my favorite set is the 18" X 18" set I made with my own hands. It took me over a year, and I carved each peice individually out of fire agate I found myself. And the box is blood wood with inlaid lace wood. With Quartz inlays as well.
Mine looks liks the Invisible Woman. IOW, I don’t have one. However, I would love to have a tri-dimensional Star Trek chess set. Partly because I’m a fan of the show, and partly because I bet it would be interesting to play.
I just got a hand-carved miniature chess set from Ecuador (replacing the long-gone older one I had). The pieces are brightly-colored, though with a general red vs. white motif. Knights are llamas, rooks = huts, etc. Lots of indigineous clothing. An unexpected, but most welcome, Christmas present from my family down there.
Mine is a hand-carved wooden set made by a man in Harmony, Minnesota. He’s over 60 and has MS but carves nonstop.
The pieces are drunk vikings. The rooks are drunk vikings on kegs. The knights are drunk vikings on horses (one is letting his horse sip his beer). Each piece is unique - one of the pawns has his helmet on sideways, one is hiding his beer behind his back, etc.
The bishops, those poor religious men surrounded by drunken rascals, are vikings posed as See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, and Do No Evil (covering eyes, ears, mouth, and crotch, respectively).
I have your garden variety Staunton wood chess set, but I have a glorious inlaid wood chess table my husband’s grandfather made. I really need to get some more substantial chess pieces. My measly little 3 inch king looks positively lost on this table/board.