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My chess sets: my Indian magnetic 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'.

This was the other set bought at the Calvia Olympiad in 2004. India, arguably the origin of chess, is now a chess powerhouse and when I saw this set, a large sized magnetic set.
I have used it extensively since then. The size is 'just right'; the folding sides are excellent for storing pieces which aren't in play. However, it has worn: parts of the board are now torn, and, most strangely, a couple of the pieces have split in half. Even more so, once split, it is hard to glue the pieces back together, since the two magnetic pieces repel each other (I wonder why this is: if you cut a magnet in half, do the two pieces then repel? I assumed they would attract).
Feeling about the set
Despite the fact that it is wearing, I really like this set. Great for lengthy analysis.



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