Designed by Dennis Petersen
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The set is designed for chessboards with 2¼" squares
The chess set features a 4 1/16" King.
The Pro Line Ebony Monarch is made from the finest Ebony and Boxwood.The
chess pieces are massively weighted.
One hundred sets have been made in this unique production.
A signed and dated laminated Certificate of Authenticity is included.
The chess set is pictured in color on the back of the Certificate.
Each set is numbered.
The first time I produced the Monarch Chess Set I made only 17 sets, nine
in Ebony and Boxwood, eight in Rosewood and Boxwood. This production
or Pro Line Ebony Monarchs has seen many design changes, while continuing
to capture the original beauty. I have added contour to the stems
of the pieces, and beveled the bases. I have refined the carving
of the Kings cross & Queen’s coronet. The Pioneer Knight carving
is the result of five years of refining and is an absolute work of art.
The Rook has been classically redesigned. I have also made the pawns
a little taller. The overall weight of the set has increased ½lb.
Each set is put through an arduous six hour quality control procedure at
Legend Products prior to shipment to the customer.
The Pro Line Chess Sets are well known for their Beauty, Design, and Craftsmanship.
The Ultimate Storage Box, which is handcrafted in Oregon, is also included
with the set.
The Ultimate storage box is made of solid Mahogany, and hand-crafted veneer. The box also features Italian cylinder hinges, brass and ball bearing lid
latching device, brass ball mounted at the front of the lid to grasp when
opening. The box is fully lined with a beautiful foam backed material,
and has additional foam to maximize the protection of your set.
The Pro Line Sets are the finest made in the World!
Here is part of a full-page "Product Review" that appeared
in Empire Chess Magazine. The review was done by Editor
I have done my best to copy the material, to be sure there were no grammar
or spelling errors in Bruce’s review so if you spot something it was likely
my typing. This is about half the review if you would like the full review
click on the Empire review to the right of your screen under additional
Product Review by Bruce Steffek
The Pro Line Ebony Monarch. This set combines the best qualities
of both sets reviewed last summer. It easily transcends the beauty
of the Pioneer Monarch while adding 8 ounces to the weight of the set thus
achieving a perfectly weighted set.
Note closely the knights. They are simply the most beautifully
rendered knights I have ever seen. In contrast, the Ebony Pioneer
Elite knights look almost blocky and unrefined, and those knights are a
vast improvement over what is out there, including the $795 Jaques set
currently offered by the USCF. Even the $1295 Jaques set’s knights
don’t begin to compare to the beauty, exquisite refinement and detail of
the Pro Line Monarch knights. For creating these knights alone, Peterson
deserves the title Grandmaster of Chess Set Design, were such a title to
exist! I predict that someday these sets will be more valued than
Note also the beveled bases of the pieces, similar to the $1295 Jaques
set and missing in the comparably priced $795 Jaques set. The piece
stems have also been nicely contoured in the Pro Line Monarch.
The King’s cross is simply inspired and the most refined that I have
seen. Similarly, the razor sharp coronet of the queen is in a class
by itself. By contrast unassuming, yet they embody a subtle perfection.
The pawns are also an 1/8 inch larger than in previous sets which works
very well indeed! Even the Rooks, whose massive turrets and straight
lines, did not initially appeal to me, have really grown on me.
I have had my set about six months now. One thing that continually
astonishes me is the highly polished shine to the pieces finish.
Peterson has clearly taken pains to obtain absolutely the finest Ebony
and Boxwood obtainable and has imparted a luster to the wood that I just
have not seen elsewhere.
There is a down side to my owning the Pro Line Monarch. All my
other sets seem inadequate in comparison. Even my beloved Ebony Pioneer
Elite has been demoted to my tournament set (see Glen Gausewitz”s comments
on this set in this issue’s Chess As it is Played). Interestingly,
I am continually getting compliments about it. Several people
have wanted to know where to get one, one person at a recent tournament
even tried to buy it from me between rounds. I think to myself, ah
Philistines, if they could only see my Pro Line Monarch, then they would
know true beauty and perfection! Actually, I am fairly pleased with
using the Ebony Pioneer Elite as my tournament set. This way I get
to analyze at home with my best set and still enjoy a superb set when playing
rated games. Another benefit, only one person (and that person is
now persona non grata with me) has insisted on using their cheesy plastic
pieces since I began bringing the Ebony Pioneer Elite to tournaments, which
enhances my aesthetic enjoyment of the game, if not my playing strength.
Anyway, I want to stress that the new Pro Line Ebony Monarch is simply
the best set I have ever seen and if you want a top of the line set, this
buy is a no-brainer from where I sit.