Knights: Worth More Than Their Weight in Queens

January 8, 2021

Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for January 8, 2021.

Most avid chess players have received a beautiful chess set as a gift at some point. (Even if it was a gift for themselves). People will gladly pay anywhere from $50 to $650 for a quality wooden chess set. But have you ever asked yourself: “Why are chess sets so expensive?”

Well today Sophia June of the New York Times provided an answer. Knights are expensive.

Ms June explains:

“The knights alone can account for as much as 50 percent of the cost of a nice wooden set. While the rest of the pieces can be machine-made, the knights are carved by hand to resemble the head of a horse, a tedious process to make sure all four are exactly the same.”

So while the Queens are worth more during the game, during production Knights are worth more than their weight in Queens.


Today’s Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/24/business/chess-sets-cost-queens-gambit.html

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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