This set meets the World Chess Federation's (FIDE) height, weight, and proportions standards for tournament play. The wooden tournament Walnut board measures 19 inches with 2 inch squares in dark brown and natural. Walnut is a hard wood which is highly desired for its rich, dark hues. This chess set is walnut which promises premium quality, luxury and durability. The gracefully formed tournament pieces are solid Shesham and Kari wood in traditional French Staunton style and have a 3.75 inch king with a 1.37 inch base diameter. Felt bottoms make the weighted pieces glide smoothly across the beautiful board surface. The pieces have been made by expert craftsman and are hand polished and come in a lovely wooden box with felt lining for safe keeping. This tournament set is a perfect blend of traditional appeal and fine quality. Modern chess was invented in Europe, based on an Arabic game (Shatranj) that was based on an Indian game (Chaturanga). During the Middle Ages it spread across Europe and evolved into the game we know and love today. Chess is a game of infinite variations and possibly the most challenging strategy game ever created, it has lasted through the centuries and is played in every corner of the world.
Staunton style chess pieces are weighted & handpolished - crafted from sheesham & kari wood
King measures 3.75 in. with 1.38 in. diameter base - pieces collectively weigh 2.2 lbs.
Walnut veneer board with rounded corners
Board measures 19 x 19 x 0.5 in. with 2 in. squares
Includes 32 chessmen in wooden box with latch - box measures 11.75 x 9.25 x 2.75 inches