My Chess Sets

This is an overview of my collection of chess sets. All sets are reproductions unless otherwise indicated.

1849 Original Staunton (Nathaniel Cooke)

Source: Royal Chess Mall, India. Woods: Antiqued boxwood, ebony (Diospyros ebenum). King's Height: 4.4" (11.15 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.95 kg, triple-weighted. Board Size: 55-60 mm.

1865-70 "Steinitz" Staunton

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Boxwood, ebony (Diospyros ebenum). King's Height: 3.75" (9.5 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.25 kg, triple-weighted. Board Size: 50-55 mm.

1930s German Knubbel Set (Crimson Boxood)

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Boxwood, crimson-dyed boxwood. King's Height: 2.9" (7.4 cm); Weight (approx.): 0.7 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 45 mm.

1950s German "Bohemia" Staunton Set (Crimson Boxood)

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Glossy boxwood, glossy crimson lacquered boxwood. King's Height: 3.9" (9.9 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.0 kg, weighted. Board Size: 50-55 mm.

1950s Soviet-Latvian Set

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Antiqued boxwood, ebonized boxwood. King's Height: 4.1" (10.4 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.1 kg, weighted. Board Size: 50-55 mm.

1959 Zagreb Set

Source: Royal Chess Mall, India. Woods: Boxwood, bud rosewood (Padauk, Pterocarpus pedatus). King's Height: 3.9" (9.9 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.5 kg, triple weighted. Board Size: 55 mm.

1959 Zagreb Set

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Boxwood, sheesham (Dalbergia sissoo). King's Height: 3.9" (9.9 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.1 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 50-55 mm.

1970s Dubrovnik (Revised Version)

Source: Royal Chess Mall, India. Woods: Boxwood, rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia). King's Height: 3.8" (9.7 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.5 kg, triple-weighted. Board Size: 55-60 mm.

1972 Fischer-Spassky ("Battle of the Century")

Source: Royal Chess Mall, India. Woods: Boxwood, ebony (Diospyros ebenum). King's Height: 3.6" (9.4 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.55 kg, triple-weighted. Board Size: 50-55 mm.

1980s Vintage Soviet Grandmaster Set

Source: private seller, Russia. Woods: Lacquered, unidentified hardwood; plastic (knights' heads and finials). King's Height: 4.25" (10,8 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.0 kg, weighted. Board Size: 50-55 mm.

19th Century Antique Dublin Pattern

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Boxwood, rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia). King's Height: 4.6" (11.,8 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.75 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 55-60 mm.

19th Century Antique Dublin Pattern

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Boxwood, rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia). King's Height: 4" (10.2 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.4 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 50-55 mm.

Bellevue 1959 Zagreb Set

Source: Bestchess, United States (via Amazon.com). Material: Polymer, hard plastic (imitation wood). King's Height: 3.75" (9.5 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.2 kg, weighted. Board Size: 50-55 mm.

The Bridled Knight Staunton

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Boxwood, rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia). King's Height: 4.5" (11.4 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.7 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 50-55 mm.

The Contemporary Staunton (Analysis Pieces & Board)

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Boxwood, sheesham (Dalbergia sissoo). King's Height: 2.6" (6.8 cm); Weight (approx. incl. board): 1.6 kg, weighted. Board Size: 40 mm.

19th Century "Derby Staunton"

Source: Chess by India, India. Woods: Boxwood, sheesham (Dalbergia sissoo). King's Height: 4" (10.2 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.6 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 55-60 mm.

Pre-Staunton Dublin Calvert

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Boxwood, ebonized boxwood. King's Height: 4.1" (10.4 cm); Weight (approx.): 0.8 kg, weighted. Board Size: 45-50 mm.

The Empire Series (Frank Camaratta)

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Boxwood, bud rosewood (Padauk, Pterocarpus pedatus). King's Height: 4" (10.2 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.5 kg, triple weighted. Board Size: 55 mm.

Pre-Staunton Edinburgh Northern Upright

Source: Royal Chess Mall, India. Woods: Boxwood, bud rosewood (Padauk, Pterocarpus pedatus). King's Height: 3.8" (9.6 cm); Weight (approx.): 0.9 kg, weighted. Board Size: 50 mm.

French Lardy Staunton (1960s-1980s)

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Boxwood, rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia). King's Height: 3.75" (9.5 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.3 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 50-55 mm.

19th Century "Manchester Staunton"

Source: Chess by India, India. Woods: Boxwood, bud rosewood (Padauk, Pterocarpus pedatus). King's Height: 4.5" (11.4 cm); Weight (approx.): 2 kg, triple-weighted. Board Size: 55-60 mm.

The Mid-19th Century Staunton

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Glossy boxwood, glossy ebony (Diospyros ebenum). King's Height: 4.6" (11.8 cm); Weight (approx.): 2.3 kg, triple-weighted. Board Size: 60-64 mm.

The Mogul Staunton

Source: Royal Chess Mall, India. Woods: Boxwood, bud rosewood (Padauk, Pterocarpus pedatus). King's Height: 4.6" (11.8 cm); Weight (approx.): 2,3 kg, triple-weighted. Board Size: 60 mm.

The Old English Vintage Staunton

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Boxwood, sheesham (Dalbergia sissoo). King's Height: 3.8" (9.7 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.4 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 50-55 mm.

Philos Artus (German Knight Staunton)

Source: Philos, Germany. Woods: Boxwood, sheesham (Dalbergia sissoo). King's Height: 4.33" (11 cm); Weight (approx.): 2 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 55-60 mm.

Philos Aurelius (Staunton)

Source: Philos, Germany. Material: Polymer, hard plastic (imitation wood). King's Height: 4.3" (11 cm); Weight (approx.): 2 kg, triple-weighted. Board Size: 55-60 mm.

Philos Peter the Great (1959 Zagreb)

Source: Philos, Germany. Woods: Boxwood, rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia). King's Height: 3.7" (9.5 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.3 kg, triple-weighted. Board Size: 50 mm.

Philos Valerian (Staunton)

Source: Philos, Germany. Woods: Boxwood, sheesham (Dalbergia sissoo). King's Height: 3.5" (8.9 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.4 kg, triple-weighted. Board Size: 50 mm.

The Popular Staunton

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Boxwood, rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia). King's Height: 4.1" (10.6 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.5 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 55 mm.

The Professional Staunton

Source: Royal Chess Mall, India. Woods: Boxwood, rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia). King's Height: 4.1" (10.6 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.5 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 55-60 mm.

Romanian-Hungarian Tournament Set (Crimson Boxood)

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: Glossy boxwood, glossy crimson lacquered boxwood. King's Height: 3.8" (9.6 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.1 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 50-55 mm.

Romanian-Hungarian Tournament Set (Rosewood)

Source: Royal Chess Mall, India. Woods: Boxwood, rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia). King's Height: 3.8" (9.6 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.2 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 50-55 mm.

The Shera Staunton

Source: Chess by India, India. Woods: Boxwood, bud rosewood (Padauk, Pterocarpus pedatus). King's Height: 4.5" (11.4 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.8 kg, double-weighted. Board Size: 55-60 mm.

The Sleek Staunton

Source: Royal Chess Mall, India. Woods: Boxwood, bud rosewood (Padauk, Pterocarpus pedatus). King's Height: 4" (10.1 cm); Weight (approx.): 1.7 kg, triple-weighted. Board Size: 55-60 mm.

12" Magnetic Travel Set (Staunton)

Source: House of Chess, India. Woods: Boxwood, maple (board), ringy rosewood (Acacia rhodoxylon). King's Height: 2.55" (6.5 cm). Board size: 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm). Weight (approx.): 1.3 kg, weighted. Field Size: 1.25" (32 mm). 

The Boards

Chessbazaar Blood-Red Bud Rosewood (55 mm)

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: maple (Acer pseudoplatanus), bud rosewood (Padauk, Pterocarpus pedatus). Finish: Glossy. Board size: 53.3 cm. Field size: 55 mm. Height: 22 mm. Type: Semi-solid, inlaid (MDF). Weight: 5.6 kg.

Chessbazaar Inlaid Sheesham Board (40 mm)

Source: Chessbazaar, India. Woods: maple (Acer pseudoplatanus), sheesham (Dalbergia sissoo). Finish: Glossy. Board size: 38.5 cm. Field size: 40 mm. Height: 16 mm. Type: Inlaid (MDF). Weight: 1.1 kg.

2x Ferrer Grey Ash Burlwood Deluxe (55 mm)

Source: Rechapados Ferrer, Spain. Woods: bird's-eye maple (Acer saccharum), ash burlwood (Fraxinus excelsior). Finish: Glossy. Board size: 55 cm. Field size: 55 mm. Height: 14 mm. Type: Inlaid (MDF). Weight: 3.3 kg.

Ferrer Mahogany Deluxe Diagonal (60 mm)

Source: Rechapados Ferrer, Spain. Woods: maple (Sycamore, Acer pseudoplatanus), mahogany (Sapele, Entandrophragma cylindricum). Finish: Matte. Board size: 60 cm. Field size: 60 mm. Height: 13 mm. Type: Inlaid (MDF). Weight: 3.7 kg.

Ferrer Red Ash Burlwood Deluxe (55 mm)

Source: Rechapados Ferrer, Spain. Woods: bird's-eye maple (Acer saccharum), ash burlwood (Fraxinus excelsior). Finish: Glossy. Board size: 55 cm. Field size: 55 mm. Height: 14 mm. Type: Inlaid (MDF). Weight: 3.3 kg.

Hermann Walnut Burlwood (55 mm)

Source: Hermann Produkte, Germany. Woods: maple (Sycamore, Acer pseudoplatanus), walnut burlwood (Juglans regia). Finish: Matte. Board size: 58.5 cm. Field size: 55 mm. Height: 14 mm. Type: Inlaid (MDF). Weight: 3.8 kg.

JVA Wiesbaden Chess Table (50 mm)

Source: JVA Wiesbaden (made by juvenile delinquents), Germany. Woods: unidentified hardwood, ebony (Diospyros ebenum). Finish: Matte. Board size: 60 cm. Field size: 50 mm. Height: 14 cm. Type: Inlaid (MDF). Weight: ca. 8 kg.

Philos Dublin (50 mm)

Source: Philos, Germany. Woods: walnut (Juglans regia), ebony zebrano (Microberlinia brazzavillensis). Finish: Matte. Board size: 47.5 cm. Field size: 50 mm. Height: 13 mm. Type: Inlaid (MDF). Weight: 2.6 kg.

Philos Kopenhagen Foldable (50 mm)

Source: Philos, Germany. Woods: maple (Acer pseudoplatanus), Sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum). Finish: Matte. Board size: 50 cm. Field size: 50 mm. Height: 12 mm. Type: Inlaid (MDF). Weight: 2.7 kg.

Philos London (55 mm)

Source: Philos, Germany. Woods: maple (Acer pseudoplatanus), alder wood (Alnus glutinosa). Finish: Matte. Board size: 50 cm. Field size: 55 mm. Height: 13 mm. Type: Inlaid (MDF). Weight: 3,0 kg.

Schach Niggemann Walnut (55 mm)

Source: -?-, Schach Niggemann, Germany. Woods: maple (Sycamore, Acer pseudoplatanus), European walnut (Juglans regia). Finish: Matte. Board size: 55 cm. Field size: 55 mm. Height: 13 mm. Type: Inlaid (MDF). Weight: 3.45 kg.

Texma Square No.5 Wenge Foldable (50 mm)

Source: Texma, Poland. Woods: maple (Acer pseudoplatanus), wenge (Millettia laurentii). Finish: Matte. Board size: 48 cm. Field size: 50 mm. Height: 13 mm. Type: Inlaid (MDF). Weight: 2.5 kg.