Chess Game

walnutboardtwo minds engaging
a clash of minds plans and wills
move and counter-move
poised on sword-edge tension mounts
breath-holding suspense until…

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The photograph above shows the chessboard which my father made for me. It has inlaid leather squares and a solid walnut frame. It also has a solid piece of leather underneath to protect the tabletop.


  1. Thank you Sarah. My father only made one other board like that one. He made it for the plant manager where we both worked. It had a maple frame and dark red and blue for the squares.

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  2. Thank you. When I took this board to a chess tournament I had people tell me “I hope I get to play you because I want to play on that board.”


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