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Q: chess sets ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: chess sets
Category: Sports and Recreation > Games
Asked by: dennisj2-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 06 Jan 2006 02:06 PST
Expires: 05 Feb 2006 02:06 PST
Question ID: 429862
I would to buy a very good chess set.
I would like four or five addresses of retail outlets in the Los
Angeles area that would have a large selection of chess sets?

Request for Question Clarification by jbf777-ga on 06 Jan 2006 13:28 PST
Hello -

There may literally not be that many in the area.  Are you still
interested in an answer if there aren't 4 or 5?

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Clarification of Question by dennisj2-ga on 06 Jan 2006 14:38 PST
1 0r 2 retail outlet locations would fine with me.

Thanks for your help on this question
Subject: Re: chess sets
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 08 Jan 2006 15:39 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

While there are no shortage of chess players, chess clubs, or chess
tournaments in Southern California, there is certainly a lack of both
chess stores and chess websites.  Perhaps chess players are simply too
engrossed in the game to devote themselves to either commerce or

However, there are at least two options in the area, and perhaps some
online sources you may want to consider as well.

The premier chess shop in SoCal seems to be the Chess Palace:
Chess Palace

4336 Katella Ave
Los Alamitos CA 90720

"Los Angeles and Orange County's Premier Chess Club & Store"

weekday: 310-594-3475
weekend: 562-598-5099

Some of their more popular products are shown here:

They keep fairly odd hours, and are not open at all the times you
might expect a retail store to be open, so be sure to call ahead
before stopping by.


The other well-regarded source in the area is:

524 S. Avenida Faro
Anaheim, CA 92807

 Direct: (714) 998-5508
 Fax: (714) 998-1160

"For more than 20 years, A.C.E. has provided superior quality American
Chess Equipment at wholesale prices to Schools, Clubs, Stores, and
Organizations, which includes Resellers and Retailers.  We are now
also open to the Individual Consumer"

This is a home-based business, so it doesn't operate as a conventional
storefront.  However, they are glad to have potential customers come
by on an appointment basis to see their wares, so give them a call (or
an email) before showing up.


The ChessManiac Shop operates out of Paso Robles, but typically sells
in bulk to clubs, etc.  They may be worth contacting, though their
selection certainly does not appear to be as broad as the suppliers I
mentioned above:*TO48c72704792.25040
369 Camino Lobo
Paso Robles, CA 93446



WholesaleChess is not in Southern California -- nor are they a walk-in
store --but I noticed it recommended at several sites as a good source
of chess sets:

"The online chess store for chess sets, giant chess pieces, chess
boards, chess equipment, tournament supplies, chess clocks and digital
timers, chess bags, chess software, chess books, chess videos & DVDs,
and more!"


The is another well-regarded online supplier"

I wish there was more that I could direct you to.  But I spoke with a
number of chess afficianados in the area, and other than major toy
store retailers, there just doesn't seem to be very many options in
and around Los Angeles.


However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you
need.  If you would like any additional information, just post a
Request for Clarification to let me know how I can assist you further,
and I'm at your service.

All the best,


search strategy -- Searched Google and Google Local and Yahoo Local
for [ chess los angeles ] and called a number of shops and clubs in
the area to determine what's available.
dennisj2-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $25.00

Subject: Re: chess sets
From: pafalafa-ga on 08 Jan 2006 20:11 PST
Thank you kindly, and best of luck with your purchase.


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