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Royal Chess Mall Reviews

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Piece of art

Exact match to photos.
Piece of art, jewelry work.
A design that surpasses all other examples of St. John Pre-Staunton Calvert that I have seen online. An amazing modern interpretation, where the boxwood and ebony are incredibly fitting. I tested the ebony, it's real. Price for quality and value needs no comment.
Take moer than an hour (I 'm not joking) to enjoy the figures on the first day. And for the second day, take your time also.

Strikingly Beautiful Bud Rosewood

This is my third purchase from Royal Chess Mall, my second 3.75-inch, 1849 Jacques Cook Staunton but in boxwood and bud rosewood; I assume padauk in most cases. Please read the review of my antiqued boxwood and ebony set (https://royalchessmall.com/products/1849-jacques-cook-staunton-chess-pieces-only-collectors-set-ebony-wood-3-75) before proceeding.

Basically the same can be said for this set from the expert carving of the knights to the precise and consistent turning of the remaining pieces by talented artisans. Though the contrast between boxwood and bud rosewood is not as dramatic as antiqued boxwood and ebony, there is no wood for individual pieces more strikingly beautiful than bud rosewood. Only amboyna burl, often used for inlays in high-end, custom-made pool cues, is more eye catching, but the wide color variation makes it inappropriate for chess pieces.

As with the antiqued boxwood and ebony, this set is an excellent choice for tournament play as seen in the photo. Opponents may object to bright red lacquered pieces (I wouldn’t), but you’ll receive few complaints with the deep, rich colors on display here. Okay, I imagine some players may, but you can’t please everyone.

Lastly, every piece was perfect right out of the box, and as with the other two sets a pleasure to unwrap from their protective foam strips.

Five stars for the 1849 Jacques reproduction in boxwood and bud rosewood! Five stars for the artisans at Royal Chess Mall!

Another Masterpiece

Though not as towering and majestic as the 4.5-inch, 1849-50 Leuchars Cook Staunton lacquered in ivory & crimson previously reviewed, the 3.75-inch, 1849 Jacques Cook Staunton in antiqued boxwood and ebony is no less a masterpiece. I don’t think any two woods go together better on the chessboard than antiqued boxwood emulating an aged patina and deep, black ebony.

Regarding individual pieces, of all of the sets I own it sports the most aesthetically pleasing knight with a traditional, lightly serrated mane and remarkably expressive muzzle. It is expertly carved by the artisans at Royal Chess Mall; I have seen none finer. Lathe turning from the king to the last pawn is first rate as well. The uniquely concave, curvilinear rook from base to turret I find particularly attractive compared to straight-stemmed versions.

In my opinion, this set is more practical for tournament play than a 4.5-inch set. Due to the wide bases, some players may opt for a 2.375-inch square board. However, my photo reveals the set fits nicely and looks great on this 2.25-inch square curly maple and walnut board. Unfortunately, this particular board with its wide frame cannot be purchased; it was made in 1981 by my best friend as a Christmas present.

Lastly, I must mention that this set was ordered through Amazon and arrived with seven (7) of the seventeen (17) boxwood pieces a dark yellow bordering on orange. In other words, it was an “imperfect” set not advertised as such by Amazon. However, Royal Chess Mall made replacement pieces after I returned the darker ones with a lighter control pawn, and they did so on their dime. As you can see from the photo, the antiqued boxwood pieces are beautifully matched. Excellent service by a business who makes things right for the customer.

Please note my next review will be on the same 1849 set but in boxwood and bud rosewood.

Five stars for this 1849 Jacques reproduction! Five stars for customer service!

Gute Qualität

Meine Mikhail Tal - Figuren heute ausgepackt. Verpackung war sehr gut, keine Beschädigungen, die Figuren sind genau wie auf den Fotos und passen perfekt auf die 57mm/2.25 inch Felder meines Schachbretts. Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit Royal Chess Mall, die Lieferung wurde wirklich schnell abgewickelt, wenn man bedenkt, daß es von Amritsar nach Frankreich ein weiter Weg ist. Wenn ich einen Stern abziehe, dann weil ich 1,5 h wegen der unfähigen DHL im Auto verbracht habe.

Wonderful Pieces

The decision, which set to buy, wasn't easy. They all look tempting. Finally I decided for this set. It was a very fast shipping from India to Germany. The pieces war packed very carefully. Each piece was wrapped seperately. The pieces are absolutey marvellous. Especially the knights are impressive with their many details. They look prepared for the fight with their open mouths. Great craftsmanship!
Buying them is a must.

A Regal Masterpiece

I wasn’t familiar with the 1849-1850 Leuchars Cook Staunton with its attractively broad bases, unique sloping knights, and stylish king’s and queen’s crowns until I discovered this reproduction at Royal Chess Mall. This tall crimson and white lacquered beauty is a regal masterpiece.

Perhaps because I own several 1890-1900 Whittington Pattern, peg-in travel sets with natural bone and cochineal red-dyed pieces, I desired a full-sized red and white set. Now I own one and it’s far grander than I anticipated. Quite frankly, my admiration grew and grew for this reproduction with each piece I freed from its protective foam wrap. What superior craftsmanship in the very well turned, perfectly symmetric pieces and pawns and the strikingly carved knights. I couldn’t help but fall in love with it.

Take heed, this is no tournament set for players to treat with careless abandon even under classical time controls. Naturally, that doesn’t describe all tournament players but enough for the owner of this fine set to be wary. In my opinion, this set should be kept at home and cherished by playing through the games of the grandmasters, past and present, or when analyzing your own games. Besides, at 2-inches the King’s base is far too wide for your typical tournament board sporting 2.25-inch squares. Some may concluded from my photos that a 2.375-inch square board is still too small. In that case, opt for a board with 2.5-inch squares (~65 mm).

I feel obligated to mention the single minor defect where the lacquer didn’t take. You have to look very closely to discover a light, 0.25-inch hairline at the base on a single red rook. This in no way detracts from the five star rating I gave this set.

In conclusion, I was so impressed with this reproduction I purchase two others from Royal Chess Mall: the 3.75-inch 1849 Jacques Cook Staunton Collectors Set in stained boxwood and ebony, and the same set in boxwood and blood rosewood. Those will be reviewed separately.

A Very Accurate Replica

These Chessmen are beautiful, but more importantly based on all the Research I can find are a very accurate replication of the Original pieces from the famous 1933 Botvinnik vs Flohr match.
Especially the knight appears spot on. Good job Royal Chess Mall!

bellissimi

prima volta che acquistavo qui, avevo un po' paura visto l'importo elevato. Pezzi arrivati ben imballati uno ad uno. E' stato stupendo aprirli uno alla volta e scoprire man mano la qualità con cui sono stati fatti. Posso solo che consigliarli. Scacchiera 60x60 cm con caselle da 60x60 mm. Foto fatta con i phone 14 pro max

This Columbian — A great twist on Staunton Design

This set blows me away. The carving and finish are top flight. The braided land on the knights are different and striking. These pieces go great on my ebony 2,5” square board with a gloss finish. My chess friends have complimented extensively on the Columbian design. It makes their regular Staunton sets seem a bit dull’. I’m considering ordering a set in red. If you’re looking for pieces that are Staunton with a twist then look no further. Also this communication and service from Royal Chess Mall is top flight. No worries here. Just order.

Old Columbian marvel

Im totally flabbergasted by those chess pieces. The size is perfect for my 2.25 chess board, not oversize so its easy to read. It is everything I was looking for...a Staunton chess set with a twist of originality...I dont know who is the artist who carved those Knights but it is pure art!! By the way Im in Canada and the delivery was top notch even if its Christmas time.. Thank you Royal chess mall, I cant wait to do business with you again.

Beautiful Chess Set

I love absolutely everything about these pieces. The size is perfect. The detail . and finish are excellent. Playing with heavy pieces like this really changes the feel of play and adds a greater sense of consequence to losing a piece. The set of pieces I’ve ever owned.

AWESOME!

This guy's collection of beautiful chess pieces just GOT SERIOUS! After 14 days, the Jacque arrived safely packaged. They're to be positioned on a Wenge wood. Now, let me improve my play.

아주 멋있는 체스기물입니다.

기물 디자인도 아주 멋지고,
특히 나이트와 비숍 디자인이 매우 만족스럽습니다.
3인치라서 작은 편이긴 하지만 나름대로 정교하게 만들었네요.

결제 후 일주일 지나서 배송이 완료되었습니다.
멋진 기물 잘 사용할게요. 고맙습니다.
최고의 기물입니다.

Absolutely stunning pieces, nicely weighted. The delivery was prompt and came a day earlier than expected. So that was a lovely surprise.

This is a very high quality case. It fit my 4.5 inch set perfectly. The delivery was very quick. Im very happy.

This is the nicest chess set Ive ever seen. The pieces are heavy and weighted well. They are very stable on a board. There are some slight imperfections though I would expect this from a hand made item, and these add to the authenticity. Im very happy with this purchase and have no hesitation recommending it.

Beautifully executed reproduction of a classic design

I can't say enough good things about this set. First of all, the Chavet pieces are just about perfect in terms of what I look for from any chess set. The design of the knight is gorgeous even while remaining sleek, unpretentious, and classy. I tend to shy away from knights that are too ornate. I also love the design of the bishop, and appreciate the parity of the bishop and knight. The rook has an easily identifiable shape and goes well with the set. I particularly love that the queen is subtantially taller and more prominent than the bishops (one pet peeve is sets where a bishop approaches queen size!). She is definitely shorter than the king, yet her crown is only slightly lower than the flat of the king's. What a powerful and imposing lady. Lastly, the king is also sleek, simple, and unassuming, but elegant and classy. His cross is just right. All together, these pieces balance and complement one another to make one of the best sets I can think of.

Next, RCM's execution is perfect. Each piece is carved beautifully, the dark pieces' stain is well-done, and the weight/feel of the pieces is great. I highly recommend this set. Not that it matters, but I think it's cool that the knights are carved from a single piece. I can tell from the grain of the wood and attached a photo.

Note: I acquired this from Royal Chess Mall as part of a warehouse clearance deal. Nice value!

Thank you very much for making these really beautiful chess pieces and for the absolutely fast, careful shipping. I can only recommend your company excellently, you do the genre of chess and trading an absolute honor, really great!!! ????????????

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL set! It didn't have the reddish look that we thought it was going to when we ordered it. It looks more brown...but its beautiful and will make may son very happy.

My set had no errors. They all sit flat with no rocking. I love this set an as interesting departure from the 1950s Dubrovnik. Smooth, a good feel in the hand, and the knight is a really nice combination of stylized design and simplicity.

Excellent quality for the price. The weight is satisfying and not too heavy. Though I wish the seller listed cleared dimensions of the pieces in the listing. Maybe it was listed, but I struggle to find details in Etsy listings.

If you have a board with 3" squares, it will be adequate for this beautiful chess set. The knights, in particular, are wonderful carvings. It's a fine set with the heft I like.

3.9" French Chavet Tournament Chess Set- Chess Pieces Only - Antiqued Boxwood

"I believe every chess collector should have at least one Chavet." -- A quote which directed me toward a second purchase from Royal Chess Mall.

These French Chavet pieces have taken over as the main choice for long study sessions. I've had them with me everywhere I go over the last few months. Beautiful.

During the first study session with the new pieces, 17th July 2023, I felt inspired to compose. I quickly discovered that 12 squares, occupied by one of each type of chess piece both black and white, could create a big R on the chess board (for Royal Chess Mall). Soon I had the Mate in 3 which you can find in the pictures. Hopefully it is a worthy tribute to the craftsmen responsible for this set.

The YouTube videos which led me to this purchase (and my thanks to this creator!) :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFSQMDMr5l4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SvDEqqWlqQ

Amazing!

The pieces and board are excellent. They not only look amazing but feel heavy and very quality. I also had a minor issue with the order and Royal Chess Mall resolved it very professionally. So happy with my purchase!