House of Aragón

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Here are some of the questions we are frequently asked.  If you have others please contact us.

Should I purchase a chess board with 2- 3/8 inch squares or 2-1/4 inch squares?

How do I clean my leather chess board?

What is the best color chess board to order?

I still can't decide which color is best.

What about grain or marks in the leather? 

How tightly can I roll up my leather chess board? 

How should I store my leather chess board?

What is the difference between your regular chess boards and your analysis board?

I like your designs and size but my taste or chess set require a different color of chess board.

What if I receive my leather chess board and I don’t like it?

 

Should I purchase a chess board with 2-3/8 inch squares or 2-1/4 inch squares?

That depends on your chess set size, particularly, the size of your king (both height and base diameter).  In our opinion the transition generally occurs at a king height of 4 inches.  Most “4 inch kings” can go with either a 2-3/8 or a 2-1/4 inch square.  If your king  and therefore generally your set also, has an especially large base diameter then you may want to go with a 2-3/8 square.  So basically if your king is larger than 4 inches tall we recommend a 2-3/8 square and if smaller than 4 we recommend a 2-1/4 inch square.  An additional point to consider is that for tournament play, the accepted standard is 2-1/4 inch square boards.  However, our experience has shown that ninety-nine percent of people can't tell a 2-3/8 board from a 2-1/4 when shown either one separately.  So unless you are playing Bobby Fischer, or some other equally “objection prone” person, you’ll probably be fine with either board.

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 How do I clean my leather chess board?

The top side of the board can be cleaned with a slightly water dampened cloth or sponge. The “bottom” of the board is in its natural state and should be protected from liquids or other substances that maybe absorbed by or stain the leather. 

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 What is the best color chess board to order?

Well that's a question of personal taste AND the color of your chess set.  As far as the personal taste goes I’m sorry I can’t advise you on that.  But in my opinion, the Oxblood is very beautiful!  I must add that my wife thinks the green is the best!  Now as far as your chess set color is concerned, you should try to select a board that contrasts well with your pieces.  By contrast, I mean that the pieces should be clearly visible and stand out against the board so that during play both players can easily discern the piece type and position.  If you're using this board only for “displaying” your nice specialty set, then maybe the above considerations do not apply.  However, we at the House of Aragon believe that all chess sets should be played with and played with regularly!

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 I still can't decide which color is best.

We appreciate your situation and to be frank we have put you in this situation on purpose by choosing what we think are the most beautiful and playable colors.  So if you would like, contact us with your name and address and we can send you small sample swatches of the leather colors you're trying to decide between.

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What about grain or marks in the leather? 

 Although I use the highest quality leather, it is a natural product and has a “grain” to it as well as marks from injuries the animal received during its life.  These are not defects, but the richness of a natural product much like grain, burl, or knots in a wood board.  You will find that the more you use your leather chess board the more the character of the grain will come out and the more supple the leather will become, i.e. it will wear in like a nice leather jacket. 

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How tightly can I roll up my leather chess board? 

These leather chess boards will roll up just as tightly as any vinyl board I’ve seen, and fit into your travel or carry bag.  Due to varying properties of a natural product like leather, board “stiffest” does vary a little from board to board and color to color.  I’ve found that the “black” chess boards tend to be a little stiffer than the others and the green chess boards are the most supple.  If you have a particular desire for a certain color and stiffness, please contact us and we can try to hand select a perfect leather chess board for you.

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 How should I store my leather chess board?

You may leave your board rolled up if you would like.  However, if you're not going to use it for an extended period of time, it would be best to lay it out flat somewhere out of the sun.  If your board develops a curled edge like vinyl boards just simply reverse roll it a couple of times and that should flatten it out.

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 What is the difference between your regular chess boards and your analysis board?

The size is the only difference.  All the boards come in the same colors and are made of the same leather type and leather quality. 

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 I like your designs and size, but my taste or chess set require a different color of chess board.

If you have a specific color you are looking for, let us know and we will check with our leather suppliers to see if we can find a match.  If we can find a match, we’ll try to obtain your color and include it in our next production run.  We have negotiated leather prices with our suppliers for our standard colors, so we will not be able to give you an exact cost for your “custom” board until we talk with our suppliers.  Please be aware that the cost will probably be much higher as we will not be able to get the same price on your “special” color that we get when ordering our standard pieces of leather.

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 What if I receive my leather chess board and I don’t like it?

 Simple, just return it to us with in 30 days and in good condition and we will refund your money less our original shipping and handling costs.  For more information on returns, see our policies page.

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Last modified: 12/03/04