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.
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