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.
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!