Cats and Dogs Chess Set
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This rather detailed set is certainly worth a second look. The theme here is a stand-off between the two species; cunning felines versus feisty canines – or is it the other way around?
We weren’t spared one or two visual puns; the knight on the canine side is a boxer – wearing boxing gloves. Whether you roll your eyes at this pun, or whether you consider it quite witty, you have to admit that the pieces are designed with quite an attention to the detail.
The pieces are quite easy to tell apart, and especially so if you choose the coloured version – because the same pieces can also be bought in black-and-white (also shown in the photographs).
As for durability and playability, the pieces should be fine even for some more serious play – polystone is a rather durable material, however prone to shatter if dropped. Keep out of your cat’s (or dog’s) reach.
This set is most often sold without a board, so one will have to be acquired separately.
Do you like the look of ivory, but its unsustainability worries you? Well here’s a solution; tagua, or ivory-nut palm. Strange as may it sound, those palms produce seeds which have the look and feel of elephant ivory, and can be carved just like the real thing.
Of course, there’s this downside that in most cases the nut is somewhere between 2 and 4 inches across, so the size of carvings is limited. But that’s more than adequate for chess pieces.
As for the set itself; while there’s not much that needs to be said of the workmanship and quality – that can be seen perfectly well in the photographs – let’s talk about playability. Technically this set is playable, this material is durable enough for even serious play, and it is even less likely to get damaged than polystone. However, considering the nature of the pieces, every single one individually carved, it may be hard to differentiate them, and should you want to actually play chess with these, you’d need to put in some time to learn the differences between the chessmen (or chesscats). That’s the only reason why this set could be unfit to be played though, so if you are willing to spend some time learning, it may be a really good, playable set for you.
Middle ages. Knights, witches, kings and peasants. Play out your medieval fantasy with those chessmen – or rather, chesscats and chessdogs.
The pieces are again rather easily discernible and rather detailed. As opposed to the more colourful sets, those pieces don’t immediately jump into the very foreground, should they be meant to act as a part of the décor. Which is, really, either an advantage, or a disadvantage.
As for durability, those should be durable enough for play – as the pieces are made from polystone, which is a resin-stone powder composite, they are much more durable than regular resin chessmen. However, polystone can shatter if dropped onto a hard surface.
This themed chess set, made in Italy by Italfama, is certainly quite pleasant to look at. When you look at the pieces it is easy to tell that they are historically themed. But… themed after which period? Well, judging by the dress and weaponry it’s probably something around 17th to 19th century, which would place it in the general vicinity of enlightenment and early modernity. There are some inconsistencies – but then, it isn’t a chess set meant to go with a history textbook.
As for the pieces themselves, the detail level is quite high. Each piece has a distinct design, different for cats and for dogs. As they are made from – as usually – polystone, the durability is expected to be rather good.
If you are looking for something interesting in the general theme of slightly romanticised past, this might be just the set for you.
When you look at this set, unique and unusual are probably some of the first adjectives that come your mind. Cute, and a little silly – that’s this chess set.
As for playability, the pieces are really easy to tell apart – there are distinct visual clues to which piece is which. However, durability may be a little lower than one could expect – the pieces are made from plaster, so they are easier to scratch and damage than polystone pieces. So despite their appearance, it wouldn’t really be recommended for children to play chess with those chessmen.
But, what if you don’t really like cats all that much? Well, alright, we’ll close this article with a set only for true dog lovers!
This one is also handmade, so the availability is a little lower. On the other hands, the pieces seem to have much more personality – even though they follow the general design patterns of the more easily available factory made sets. Maybe it’s the way they are painted, maybe that’s in all the tiny imperfections – it’s hard to say.
The set seems to be rather playable – that is, of course, if you don’t mind risking to damage the pieces. But every piece has a little plaque describing its role, which is a real advantage for ornate sets like this – that way, even if the design is really complicated and even if there aren’t any visual clues to which piece’s which, you can still tell them apart at a glance. Also, the pedestals on which the figures stand are coloured in such a way that it’s easy to tell which dog belongs on which side – again, with the pieces’ lifelike appearance, that’s a real advantage.
If you are a real dog lover, and if you are looking for something special, this might be just the thing for you.
Wrapping It Up
As always, there’s more sets to be found – but those are some of the more popular and more interesting chess sets in this theme. So if you came here looking for something for a real cat-or-dog-person, by now you should have a general idea of what’s out there to be found – at least in terms of chess. And a chess set is always an excellent gift idea – timeless and classy.