Wood Grain Mousepad Tournament Chessboard in Assorted Colors, 20 inches by WE Games - Made in the USA
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 wood design is realistic 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 .06 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, or it can be folded and stashed in a back pack without keeping a crease.
• Mousepad chess board/mat
• Features a replica of wood grain
• Board measures 20 x 20 inches and is 1/16 inch thick - Squares measure 2.25 inches
• Stays flat and won't slide - Can be rolled-up or folded for storage
• Meets the World and US Chess Federations' (FIDE & USCF) standards for tournament play
Arrived with a couple creases from shipping; the creases smoothed out almost immediately after rolling it out. The board lies totally flat now. The wenge, lightwood, and rosewood pattern is lovely. I expected the wood squares to be printed identically but they're all distinct, giving it a very real look. I was also concerned that the felted bottoms of my WE Ultimates would pull or drag on the fabric surface, but they don't. I tried some old pieces with torn-up felted paper bottoms, and even they slide smoothly without catching. The coordinates in contrasting color along the border stand out and are easy to read even for someone with eyes as bad as mine. Definitely a solid purchase!
I recently purchase a set of Euro Series chess pieces and wanted a board that matched the wood looks of the pieces. After much tinkering I went for the Walnut & Maple board. I was a bit disappointed when I received it because the dark squares are slightly lighter than in the picture, but after I placed the pieces on it I realized it was their perfect companion. The dark pieces on my set are very dark, and the lighter dark squares of the board make for a very nice contrast that allow my eyes to rest while playing. I played my first game on it last night and I was very glad with the overall appearance of the set (pieces + board) and how my eyes felt during the game. Quality is top notch!
Wood Grain Mousepad Tournament Chessboard is the best choice to take with you everywhere. It meets the best conditions of vinyl and silicone boards, with the great advantage that it does not keep creases or wrinkles because its material has no memory. The best quality is that it is friendly with the pieces of the chess set, as it allows them to slide very easily as if you are playing on a real wooden board.
To highlight, something very important that makes you want to continue being a customer of this store, its excellent and laudable customer service. American Chess Equipment has what we all look for in a service, store, or product: The American way to treat its customers!
Rosewood and Maple Feels great when moving the pieces, easy on the eyes, is a comfortable, gentle background during a game. When set up it calls you in. So comfortable in fact that my grandson was able to steal my Queen our first game.
I purchased this mouse mat board and am impressed how good my wood and faux wood chess pieces look with it. As it is a roll up pad, it's easy to stuff into my chess bag for transport. We'll see how it is accepted by other players as I have chance to play. Definitely a change from the standard vinyl roll ups.