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Ebony (black)    
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Rosewood (brown)    
  13 (59.1%)




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« Created by: exigentsky on: 04/14/09 at 00:20:05 »
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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
Reply #17 - 04/15/09 at 19:26:41
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Don't you want your set to match your board ?

At the London Chess Centre they have a combo with rosewood for the 'black' pieces and squares...
  
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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
Reply #16 - 04/15/09 at 19:05:42
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I would prefer the simple and classical style as they are seen more in the tournaments. When one plays at a tournament i doubt whether you will have a choice to put your chess set on the table instead of the one provided by organizers. I own a set and board almost thge same as those provided by DGT and I am quite happy with them.
  
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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
Reply #15 - 04/15/09 at 18:56:18
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Markovich wrote on 04/15/09 at 17:29:54:
Maturin13 wrote on 04/14/09 at 14:05:58:
It is, of course, a reproduction, but you should look at House of Staunton's Zagreb '59 set. It comes with both crosses and finials for the kings so you can switch according to mood.


Thanks for the word!  As a atheist and a socialist, naturally I prefer finials.

But actually it seems odd to me that the Great and Glorious Soviet Union would have quibbled over the ornament on the king's crown, since a king remains a king even if he has no religion.

@The Hand: Smartest perhaps, but the heft and feel of ebony is something special, if you can afford it.


The cross could just be considered as a symbol for the king, not necessarily a religious one. In fact, chess pieces could be ANYTHING as they are only necessary as symbols. I'm not religious either but this hasn't bothered me. Having traditional chess pieces just shows respect for chess's rich history and ancient roots.
  
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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
Reply #14 - 04/15/09 at 18:23:55
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jarechu wrote on 04/15/09 at 14:53:27:
It is supposed the size of the pieces is proportional to the value of the piece.



So do the pawns get bigger as the endgame approaches? Cheesy
  
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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
Reply #13 - 04/15/09 at 17:37:46
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jarechu wrote on 04/15/09 at 14:53:27:
It is supposed the size of the pieces is proportional to the value of the piece.


Yes I know, and without judging the design, that seems like a rather silly idea to me.  When you look at a rook, you know what it is, after all.
  

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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
Reply #12 - 04/15/09 at 17:29:54
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Maturin13 wrote on 04/14/09 at 14:05:58:
It is, of course, a reproduction, but you should look at House of Staunton's Zagreb '59 set. It comes with both crosses and finials for the kings so you can switch according to mood.


Thanks for the word!  As a atheist and a socialist, naturally I prefer finials.

But actually it seems odd to me that the Great and Glorious Soviet Union would have quibbled over the ornament on the king's crown, since a king remains a king even if he has no religion.

@The Hand: Smartest perhaps, but the heft and feel of ebony is something special, if you can afford it.
  

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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
Reply #11 - 04/15/09 at 16:25:37
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Ebonized Boxwood with decent lacquering is the smartest choice.
  
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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
Reply #10 - 04/15/09 at 15:33:51
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jarechu wrote on 04/15/09 at 14:53:27:
Have you seen the new Kasparov piece set design:

http://www.elcorteingles.es/multitienda/producto/mostrar_foto.asp?cimg=039161004...

The rooks are really big and the knights are cool. It is supposed the size of the pieces is proportional to the value of the piece.

Hmm. Kasparov would appear to have an over-inflated view of the value of a pawn and a surprising disregard for a rook's powers, unless I've got the perspective wrong
  
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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
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Have you seen the new Kasparov piece set design:

http://www.elcorteingles.es/multitienda/producto/mostrar_foto.asp?cimg=039161004...

The rooks are really big and the knights are cool. It is supposed the size of the pieces is proportional to the value of the piece.
  
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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
Reply #8 - 04/15/09 at 07:35:07
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Thanks for the responses. I ended up going for Rosewood due to both price and aesthetic reasons.
  
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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
Reply #7 - 04/14/09 at 15:08:23
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Maturin13 wrote on 04/14/09 at 14:05:58:
Markovich wrote on 04/14/09 at 13:22:54:
If anybody knows where I can get one of those Soviet-era Russian tournament sets, the ones with little knobs on top of the kings instead of crosses, I would very much like to have one.


It is, of course, a reproduction, but you should look at House of Staunton's Zagreb '59 set. It comes with both crosses and finials for the kings so you can switch according to mood.


I got the zagreb 59 in boxwod and ebonized boxwood- much cheaper than real ebony an it is very nice, its not really a copy of the same as the old soviet sets but is in the samestyle- the knights especialy are interestingbut it  gives you the same feel- I like to use it play through soviet era games at home. It is quite large, I find the Rejkyavik 2 set is more practical to play with as the pieces are not so big and seem very clear.

There are at least 2 sorts of rosewood - goldan rosewood alternativel called sheesham wood is much cheaper than the other rosewood.

I am a little worried about the eological effects of using some of the rare woods.

I got ebonized sets as I too was worried about opponents insisting on black and white pieces- I do not know if the rules insist on black and white, probably not when you see the cheap looking pieces the top pros use with the DGT board.
  
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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
Reply #6 - 04/14/09 at 14:05:58
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Markovich wrote on 04/14/09 at 13:22:54:
If anybody knows where I can get one of those Soviet-era Russian tournament sets, the ones with little knobs on top of the kings instead of crosses, I would very much like to have one.


It is, of course, a reproduction, but you should look at House of Staunton's Zagreb '59 set. It comes with both crosses and finials for the kings so you can switch according to mood.
  
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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
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If anybody knows where I can get one of those Soviet-era Russian tournament sets, the ones with little knobs on top of the kings instead of crosses, I would very much like to have one.
  

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Re: Ebony or Rosewood?
Reply #4 - 04/14/09 at 13:10:13
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I have a moderately priced boxwood/rosewood set from House of Staunton, very similar-looking to cyronix's picture, and I love it.  It has a nice elegant feel to it, in that it is all shades of brown, that I really like.  I've never tried bringing it to a tournament, though, and like you I don't know if any opponents would object to the black pieces and dark squares looking similar.
  
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Reply #3 - 04/14/09 at 07:41:29
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I was in the same situation.
At first I thought I need to have high quality stuff,
but then I saw this:

This is the configuration you mainly see in top level chess.
Look at the board and the pieces, the pieces are rather simple, and not complicated. And I already had pieces like this as a present (but I think retail price is 20 Euro), so I only bought myself a board that looks like this (cost 60 euro). So now I have a configuration at home that resembles very much the top level configuraton, still I only find myself playing on the plastic, foldable board Wink.
  
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