This is a beautiful chess set. The pieces are intricately carved, especially the knights. The pieces are also weighted giving them a satisfying heft. The board is extremely well constructed with 1/8 inch thick squares of inlaid wood. The board is made with dovetail joints and the squares on the playing surface are perfectly flush. The brass clasps work well, but seem a little flimsy. This is a very minor point but for such high quality woodwork I am surprised they didn't use better clasps to match. The foam insert snugly holds all pieces such that you can hold the board upside down and they don't budge. After I placed my order there was a problem with availability and I didn't receive it for a while, but every time I spoke with the people at thechesspiece they were very friendly, professional and always gave me updates on the status of my order. I highly recommend this set and I would feel very confident purchasing any product from thechesspiece in the future.