We were looking for a nice plastic set for everyday, travel [but not tiny], and of course club use.... even better that it is in the style of the Spassky Fischer set, and here it is. The pieces are nicely finished in a matte texture. The "natural" is a good shade, not orangey or too light, and the black has a nice ebony look [especially for plastic], all looking good on wood boards as well as on the tournament roll up board. They have a nice heft, very stable with thick felt on the base and have a quality feel to them. This is a nice "step up" from toy sets and for not too much [we ordered ours with the "Build Your Own Combo" deal]. And I do need to mention the service during the ordering process was great. My questions [via the messenger on the site] were answered in a timely manner and the shipment arrived on time, and without a hitch.