The holiday shopping season is here once again and I am in hot pursuit of the perfect gifts for all of my friends and family. As I was doing my shopping, I came across this really great little chess site called Alphachesssets.com
I was immediately struck by the big, beautiful, vibrant pictures that they have posted all over their site. Somehow they have managed to get all of these pictures to display, as big as they are, without slowing down the load time of the site. This means that I can seamlessly sift from page to page without having to wait, and without having to mess with thumbnails.
The first product which really caught my attention was this attractive gray elm chess table
As you can see the shimmering polished board rests atop 4 delicately carved legs. I really like the look of the gray elm, which almost simulates the feel of natural stone. The set is a little pricey, but is actually really competitive compared to other chess tables in the market, and I am seriously considering purchasing one for myself once the holidays are over.
However today I was not shopping for myself, it is the time for giving! Luckily I found this exquisite brass chess set below.
I personally really like themed chess sets. I know its a bit impure, but I like the fantasy element, and I always picture an actual battle in my minds eye when I play a game of chess. The Poseidon themed board above was extraordinarily impressive to me. While the pieces are incredibly detailed, it is the board itself that caught my eye. Just look at the way the red squares have a tiny teardrop of light, accenting them and giving them a sense of power and prestige.
Another great thing about this site is that they offer a couple of really great benefits. First of all they are willing to pay all shipping charges, which means that the price you see is the price you get. Second, they have this great membership club where you can sign up, and get 10% off of all of your orders. How cool is that?
Anyways this site is definitely going in my list of favorites and I will be returning as the shopping season goes onward.