20" Weighted French Staunton Tournament Set with Mousepad Board
Mark of Westminster Chess Pieces are the paradigm of perfection in wood staunton chess piece design. The premier chess pieces by Mark Of Westminster have been known for their heirloom quality. Each chess set is exclusive, with a lifetime warranty for natural defect. Each chess piece is hand-carved, well weighted, has felt bottoms, extra queens, and the signature Mark of Westminster Logo beneath the king. The French design is our most popular, with a classic, very playable look and feel.
The classic french design is a very popular style known for its slick edging. While very nicely carved, the pieces are extremely durable and playable - so you do not need to be afraid to play with this set daily.
These chess pieces are Ebonized and Boxwood, which can suit virtually any board color, however Walnut, Teak, and Ebonized chess boards are most popular.
Ebonized Chess Pieces are actually Boxwood pieces lacquered black, giving them a pure black appearance almost identical to ebony, but for a fraction of the cost.
Boxwood Chess Pieces are the near universal standard for 'white' chess pieces in hand-carved sets. It is a fairly easy wood to work with, and shows off good detail.
Seriously, a beautiful board! The wood grain looks so real and is a classy touch! These are just a few things customers are saying about this re-invented mouse pad chess board. The realistic wood design is a replica of a luxury Wenge with Rosewood and light wood chess board, and the quality and style is undeniable. Finally, a travel-worthy chess mat that can be used with wooden chessmen, not just plastic pieces. Proudly Made in the USA, this board measures 20 x 20 inches and is .07 inch thick and conforms to World FIDE and United States Chess Federation tournament regulation standards. Widely used alphanumeric notation is included along the sides of the board to record a player’s moves. Mouse pad chess boards are quickly becoming a favorite among chess enthusiasts because they have a soft surface with a thicker board than a vinyl or silicone chess mat, they always lay flat, and they do not slide around due to the grippy bottom. Because the board doesn’t slide around during play, this type of board is preferred by fast chess players for rapid chess, blitz chess, and bullet chess when less time than normal tournament play is allotted to the players.Time is shorter, chess moves are rapid, and a board that slides can send the pieces flying. The padded surface of the board also extends the life of weighted chess pieces.The board can be rolled-up to fit inside a chess bag.
Pieces made in India. Bag made in China.