The Sheffield Chess Set

The Sheffield. A Larger Chess Set.

One of my all time favourite chess sets is a new style that we shipped in last year. The Sheffield is simply beautiful. Of all the shipping boxes we received, the one containing the Sheffield was by far the heaviest. Noticeably. After several hours of lugging boxes around the warehouse, two of us attempted to pick up one of the last boxes only to find it carried something rather heavy. Our further investigation turned into giddy excitement as we pulled out two cardboard boxes containing large and heavy chess pieces. My, those are heavy chess sets!

Indeed, the volume of wood and the excessive load of the steel weights used to anchor the chess pieces firmly to the board was impressive. At nearly four pounds, I believe this may just be the heaviest mid-range chess set we have in stock. When you consider that the King's base is approximately 1.96 inches - or 50mm - then you can see that the chess board to go with these pieces also has to be large. 

Most of our tournament chess sets fit on a 50mm square. It's standard. Some of the larger sets require a 55mm square. But the Sheffield King's base being a whopping 55mm requires the largest board that we have in stock. And what board would look better than a Santos Palisander chess board from Rachapados Ferrer. With a 60mm square and length of almost 24 inches, the owner of the Sheffield had better make sure they have a large living room.

The Sheffield Chess Set

The Sheffield comes in both golden rosewood (sheesham wood) and ebonized boxwood as the black pieces and standard boxwood for the white pieces. The chess pieces feel extremely sturdy and the Knight has, much like most of my favourites, a gnarly set of teeth which it bares, along with flaring nostrils and aggressive ears.  It's not quite a Fierce Knight, but it's close enough to make me giggle when I play a game. The King height is four inches and the other pieces are well proportioned - oftentimes you can find other pieces appear relatively small compared to the King, but it's not the case here. You can find the Sheffield in the mid-range chess set section of Cool Chess Canada..

The Sheffield Chess Set

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The Hollingsworth Chess Set

If you're looking for a new chess set, either for yourself or as a gift for someone else then why not try something a unique? The Hollingsworth chess set is a stunning mid-range product that recently hit the Cool Chess Canada warehouse and it's definitely worth checking out!

The Hollingsworth is not your average Staunton offering - you can tell that from the wild looking Knight. It reminds me more of a llama than a horse, but that just adds to the warm feeling I have for this chess set.

We categorized this chess set with the mid-range products and it can be purchased with the dark pieces manufactured from either ebonized boxwood (that's a very dark black stained boxwood) or golden rosewood (also known as sheesham wood).

The King is 4" tall and its base is a good size at 1.65". The base sizes are slightly larger than many you'll find for sets in the 3.75" - 4" height range. Aside from the King, the other chess men are relatively tall compared to standard Staunton design sets. Turning-wise the chess pieces are unique. They have a modern look about them and the elongated Pawns, Rooks, and Bishops just add to the aesthetics of the chess set.

New Staunton Chess Set

The lines on the pieces are sharp and crisp and make you take a second look at the chess set every time you go to play. At 2.51 lbs, the Hollingsworth is weighty enough that you'll think of it as a serious chess set, and playing with it is a pleasure! We've had a set in the office for a few days now and visitors can't help but be drawn to it.

We opted to couple this chess set with the black anegre board from Rechapados Ferrer for our collection. The ebonized chess pieces look particularly stunning with this chess board! Suffice to say that this particular chess board isn't to everyone's taste and you could most certainly swap it out for another. A 50 mm square is just fine for the set, but if you prefer a little extra space between the chess pieces then opt for a 55 mm square.

The Hollingsworth is a worthy addition to any library or living room, and you can find it at the Cool Chess Canada website. I would certainly recommend taking a look if you fancy chess pieces that are just a little different from the norm!