Nov 14, 2015 Diane S - you have a great website with many beautiful pieces to choose from. I am looking forward to receiving the set we choose for our son for Christmas.
Lloyd D - I have ordered from Chesshouse many times and the experience has always been good - that's why I continue coming back.
Morris - Love Chess House! Great products and service. Very professional and personal. Highly recommended.
Richard - I found the ordering process extremely easy to use and the delivery
speed was amazing! They actually shipped within about an hour after I placed my order. After receiving the product, I had a service question and the response was also quick and helpful. I'll definitely be
purchasing again from ChessHouse!
Wood chess pieces abound in variety, style, shape, and wood type. The production of wood sets has grown tremendously in the last few centuries, enabling one to search out a set of chessmen ideally suited to one's taste. The preeminent producer of wooden chess pieces today is India, the birthplace of chess. Craftsmanship ranges from low cost, functional wood chess pieces to ultra fine masterpieces.
Most wood chess pieces have contrasting colors where the light player's pieces are an Indian boxwood, and the dark pieces consist of wood types ranging from black to very light. The most common wood types for the black player's pieces are:
Genuine ebony wood is a dense black wood, finely textured, with a very smooth finish when polished. It is highly valuable as an ornamental wood and generally the most desirable to chess players and collectors. Ebonized stained black and similar in appearance to ebony wood, it gives the stark black and light wood contrast at a lower cost. Various shades of Rosewood (Bud Rosewood, Red Rosewood, Blood Rosewood) range from a very dark brown to a reddish brown offer great contrast and rich wood color tone in the dark pieces. Shishamwood used for the Black player's pieces is the least contrasting and closest in color to the lighter side of chessmen. This wood is more plentiful and affordable.