Description: “Are you looking for an affordable Go board? You’ve found it! The Dirt Cheap Go Board is a full size 19x19 Go board at an incredible price!” - GoGameGuru
Title, Dirt Cheap Goban
Product, Goban (Go Board)
Material, MDF Laminate
Dimensions, 18.5 x 17.3 x 0.2 inches (47 x 43.9 x 0.5 cm)
Weight, 1.9 lbs / 0.9 kg
What’s the best aspect about this product?
Light-weight and super affordable!
What is the weakest aspect of this product?
Upon close inspection, the lines are not as clean as you’ll see on more expensive boards; but it still does the job well!
Is it durable?
After handling it, I see no reason why it won’t hold up to normal usage. However, if somewhere were to try and karate chop this board, I’m pretty sure it’d break. xD
- A great go board for someone on a budget!
- And in the event you know how to play Chinese chess, there’s a board of that on the back as well!
- Definitely recommended over paper and/or plastic boards that exist out there!
Here’s the front of the board at a slanted angle. It’s a nice yellow color to give it a semi-shin-kaya feel. (I prefer the yellow color over brown since it shows more contrast when stones are placed on the board; but that’s just a personal preference.)
And here below, you can see that there’s a Chinese chess board on the back!
Upon closer inspection, you’ll see that the lines are not perfectly straight the way you’ll see on higher quality boards. However, I wouldn’t let this be a deterrent from purchasing the board if it’s being used for casual play.
Here are a couple of shots with the board in action with my size 36 glass stones. As you can see, the lines are not so obvious from a player’s perspective.
Bottom line: I highly recommend this board for people who are looking to purchase boards for their club or for tournaments. This board would also function well as a casual study/playing board. However, I would definitely not recommend this as a primary goban for anyone who is looking for that classic air and sound you get from true wooden boards. So remember, the key thing to remember is that this is a board that focuses on affordability and practicality.
- GoGameGuru - $12.99 (shipping and handling not included)
Last Updated on January 25th, 2014