I have always been fascinated by chess sets. At my high school when we played home games our chess teacher, Mr John Ritchie, would produce the wooden board for board one. It is rumoured that that the board never lost for ten years! I can testify that in the three years I was entrusted with the responsibility of board one for Bethelsdorp High School in Port Elizabeth ( now Nelson Mandela Bay), I won every game I played on it. We used to play and practice on Staunton chess sets.