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My chess sets: my first Russian chess set

January 4, 2015

This is an occasional series of postings inspired by a brief discussion on the flight home from Turkey this summer. The flight attendant saw I was reading a chess book (quelle surprise) and, just making polite small talk, said she also liked playing chess, saying that depending on whether other crew members played, she would play on stopovers. Later in the flight she asked me if I had a chess set at home…and that set me thinking. How many chess sets do I have? And since then number is, well, shall we say, quite high, I thought I would blog about them especially those which 'mean something to me'.

I bought this from the chess stall at the Calvia, Mallorca, 2004 Olympiad. The products on sale there were from many different nations, and I had to buy something Russian.
Since then, for the last ten years, it has been my preferred set: I use it the majority of times I need a set, mainly when reading books. It has a nice feel to it, well made, and easy to use: the pieces slide nicely, yet the magnetism is firm.
Feeling about the set
I am very fond it it: because it is Russian, because it dates to my first captaincy of the England team.



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