I have a chessboard made of alternating frosted and clear glass pieces. I'm never sure how to orient the board. Which is the official "light color" to put in the lower right corner?
A few points for consideration here for Standard Chess:
- Lower Right Corner is White
- White King is placed on black square, 4th from right. This square becomes e1.
- Point 2 leads to Black King being placed on white square, 4th from left. This is now e8.
Now when you place the board like this, it doesn't really matter whether you treat frosted or clear glass as white.
Just for records, I have seen most people treating frosted glass as WHITE. But there are people who play as white with clear glass pieces.
It should not matter as long as you orient the board right.
Naturally, clear is white and frosted is black. But it doesn't quite matter as these sets are meant to be aesthetic rather than functional.
Edit: it appears I'm in the minority. I think of it more as clear and shaded. If the tint on the pieces were green, wouldn't the lighter (clearer) ones be considered white?
In some chess books, the white pieces on paper are clear while the black ones are shaded.