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My chess sets: my Turkish chess set

August 6, 2015

This is an occasional series of postings inspired by a brief discussion on the flight home from Turkey last 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 posting is on the set which I keep at our villa in Kas, Turkey.


The set was bought at one of the Manchester German markets. For our family, these mark the start of Christmas, no season being complete without wrapping up warm and having a hotdog with hot mulled wine; the only downside is that Jane and the girls then spend ages walking round the countless stalls selling Christmas tat gifts. Well, every cloud has a silver lining and on at least a couple of occasions I have bought chess sets from the wooden products stall.

The one I keep at our villa is 2/3 full size, well made, in a nice wood, and the pieces have a good feel to them too.

Rating: 6/10- just a well made semi-portable set. 10/10 for the location, though.



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