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the chess store
hi all!!! i'm about to spend a few hundred on a nice set of stauntons. has anyone bought from "the chess store". satisfied? pleased? bummed out? hey thanks. i was thinking of the "supreme set" 4" ebony
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I have heard...
I did a fair amount of research before buying my own ebony/boxwood set a while back, and at one point I was close to shopping at thechessstore.com . However, I came across some startling rumors that a) their "Chopra" line of pieces is of very low quality and b) these designs may be knock-offs of other designers' work. I did a quick search to see if I could locate the sites which put me off of The Chess Store, but I couldn't, so take that with a large dollop of salt.
I have done a fair amount of shopping at www.wholesalechess.com , and have been extremely pleased. They have a good selection of ebony pieces in the same price range as the "Supreme Set," and their service and shipping have been good.
I might also suggest trying out eBay: after deciding on the Reykjavik II ebony set from the House of Staunton ( www.houseofstaunton.com ), I noticed that they put their own products up for auction there, and I was able to buy it at a significant discount to the retail price. In short, I paid $70 less and got the set I wanted directly from the manufacturer himself.
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My school chess club bought quite a few chess sets from "the chess store" and some clocks and found their prices reasonable when bought in bulk. I'd have to agree with bucklehead about looking on ebay though since you are looking for only one item.
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Yeah Im looking for a staunton chess board, like the ones they use in the tournaments when kramnik plays topalov or something. Those kinds of boards but with no connecting display like DGT feature, weighted wooden pieces as well. Any ideas? Bucklehead can you give me the link for the ebay product? Thanks.
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The House of Staunton
The House of Staunton is one of the preeminent producers of wooden pieces/boards. You can buy their stuff direct ( -> www.houseofstaunton.com ) or at one of several retailers (such as -> www.wholesalechess.com ). The House of Staunton also maintains an eBay "store" at -> stores.ebay.com .
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I've had good results
buying software and books from The Chesshouse. Good customer service. I haven't purchased a set from them, so can't comment on that part of their business.