This is a beautiful little set.
The board and pieces are high quality.
The magnets for the pieces are all strong. One of the first things I did when I got this was to set up all the pieces and turn the board upside down. Nothing fell off or moved at all.
As opposed to some other travel sized sets that I’ve seen, I like that the pieces don’t feel crowded onto the board. This set achieves a nice balance between small size and maintaining a sense of open space.
One of my favorite features of the set, and the reason I originally picked it, is that I can put it away with the pieces all still in position. Because we have 3 cats, leaving a board out overnight has proved problematic in the past.
What surprised me about the set was the overall sensory experience, which I think is fantastic. Visually, the case, the pieces, and the board all look fantastic. I like the tactile experience of opening the leather case, which is soft and textured on the outside, but feels and is sturdy, and having that experience immediately contrasted with the hard board that’s flat and smooth all around, except for the bottom, which has pool table felt. While I know this will sound strange in a review for a chess set, I also love the way it smells when I open the case, which giventhe set a more complete sensory experience than I expected.
One thing to be aware of about the set: extra queens are not included, so you have to order them separately, and they currently go for $4 a piece. Unfortunately, right now at least, those seem to be in short supply.
Overall, I’m very, very happy with my purchase. I think this set is well worth the money.