Product Code: JLPPL200WMFD

21" Folding Hardwood Player's Chessboard JLP, USA

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For a long time now I have focused on the quality of the pieces and have not thought as much about the appeal of the board. This board is beautiful and paired with some hand-crafted mustang pieces, it would be the perfect combination.

– Matthew Pitts


Convenient and Intriguing

This unique folding chessboard design adds convenience and intrigue to the already-popular Player’s Board.

Let's demonstrate

When you lay the chessboard on a table surface, simply open it like a book and set up your pieces. Likewise, putting it away is simply lifting one side and closing it like a book. There is no need to lift the entire board before closing it.

Warmth, Luster, and Beauty

“Nothing can compete with the warmth, luster, and beauty of wood and this one is no exception. Moreover, the tolerances of the hinged halves are so tight that the seam between the two halves is nearly invisible.” – Michael

Invisible Hinge

Folding barrel hinge and exacting tolerances results in the least obtrusive seam and hinge of any design. “What a great looking board and concept for reducing the impact of the cut in a folding board.” – Ryan

Storage and Transport

Now you can fold the Player's hardwood board for more compact storage or easier transport!

Practical and aesthetic

“It is not easy to be practical and elegant at the same time, and this board did it!”

"Outstanding design and beautiful wooden board. It would be a fantastic addition to any players collection.” - Fred

Almost worth dying for

These boards are superb! Almost worth dying for!

- Hugh


The superior craftsmanship in these boards is quite obvious.

- Alex

Coffee House Chess

Love the portability in these boards. Play coffee house chess and at the chess club and it makes the game that much nicer to play with wood, pieces and board.

- Mike

No chintzy veneers here

This looks every bit as gorgeous as my prized Drueke boards. No chintzy veneers here: solid hardwoods and real artwork.

- David

Customer Reviews

Based on 35 reviews
Bryan Brock
High quality piece

This is one heavy board. The hinges are a super cool addition to a hearty board. Makes it way easier to transport. When open you have to look hard to notice the seam. I use a 3.75” King chess set and I would defiantly consider going larger (4”) as this board can dwarf the pieces.

Sean C.
The finest board I’ve seen!

This board is beautifully crafted and the innovative hinge design allows for compact storage without compromising the smooth playing surface when unfolded. The 2.25” squares work well with pieces with a 3.75” king and the walnut and maple provide nice contrast with boxwood and ebony/ebonized pieces. I could not be happier with the board or the incredible customer service!

Robert Taylor

Luv it!!!

Conor Crean
Really Nice, Very Practical

It's very well made with excellent finish. It was very securely packed so it arrived perfectly. The hinges are really innovative. I do worry that they are possibly vulnerable when the board is folded but that's just a case of taking care with it, not a flaw. Very satisfied with the board and if I lost it I'd buy the same one again.

Gabriel Ferrer

Fabulous folding chess board. Beautiful, substantial -- and with those barrel hinges, the BEST! So good. Thank you for having products that live up to their description! :) Just a great buying experience.

About 21" Folding Hardwood Player's Chessboard JLP, USA.

Now you can fold the Player's hardwood board for more compact storage or easier transport! This design is very original in that the seam runs vertically with the grain making it nearly invisible when viewed from a several feet away. There is no loss to the square size and the hinges are also invisible. Plus, closing the board is simply lifting one side and closing it like a book. There is no need to lift the entire board before closing it. Likewise, when you lay it on the table surface, just open it like a book and set up your pieces.

Players, admirers, and those who enjoy well-made USA products will appreciate the superior workmanship and finish evident in the Player's Chess Board.  The Player's board uniquely features decorative grooves running along the squares perimeter, beveled stylish edge, and engraved two emblems in corners to the player's right. Precision aligned hardwood block construction is given multiple protective finishes for a distinctive, luxuriously smooth surface. It is handcrafted in Pennsylvania from locally sourced premium walnut and maple woods.

The JLP has gained significant attention among collectors and players seeking a superb chessboard that's not only a pleasure to use but will also last for decades. Those who have owned a classic Drueke chessboard will note remarkable similarity.

The 21" Folding Hardwood Player's Board It's ready to pair with a variety of suitably sized chess pieces as shown in the suggest customize options on this page.

Features and Specs
- Solid maple and walnut
- Invisible barrel hinge and tight seam
- Grooved perimeter
- Edge bevel
- Corner logos
- 21" Square
- 2" squares
- 3/4" thickness
- Folded measurements: 21" x 10.75" x 1.5"
- Most 3 3/4" chessmen ideal

The Craft
John has a rich woodworking heritage in the state of Pennsylvania. Originally from Switzerland, the skills were passed down through five generations. This lost art of woodworking is continually refined, blending timeless methods with the latest knowledge of wood behavior. For example every design must be carefully planned with the appropriate wood selection and cuts to account for variations in humidity that cause natural expansion and contraction of wood. To craft a wood product that will last for generations, John gives great attention to every phase of production including wood selection, drying, cutting, curing, crafting, and the multi-step finishing process that results in the smooth, elegant, lustrous finish for which the JLP products are known. Every product is personally overseen by John and must meet his standards before releasing them to Chess House.


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