I am pleased with my purchase of this chess set and was surprised that while reviews are available online, that there were none on this page. I am a novice player just learning the game and having larger and heavier pieces (compared to similarly priced sets available at big box stores) feels like I'm playing chess, rather than with a child's toy. As mentioned elsewhere, the pieces are fairly heavy and the overall quality is high relative to the price. Having algebraic notation references on the board is also helpful and has simplified learning. I would recommend this chess set to other novices who value simplicity and feel for the right price.