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Reproduction of the 1939 Olimpico Chess Pieces - 3.75" King

The House of Staunton is proud to offer our Reproduction of the 1939 Olimpico Chess Pieces. A full tournament-sized chess set, it features a 3.75" King with a 1.5" diameter base. The chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods. The chess pieces are heavily weighted with luxurious billiard cloth base pads and a beautiful finish.

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The House of Staunton is proud to offer our Reproduction of the 1939 Olimpico Chess Pieces. A full tournament-sized chess set, it features a 3.75" King with a 1.5" diameter base. The chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods. The chess pieces are heavily weighted with luxurious billiard cloth base pads and a beautiful finish. 

As with all of our chess sets, our Reproduction of the 1939 Olimpico exemplifies a perfect combination of distinct beauty and functionality. It has been designed to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining an elegance which has become the hallmark of a House of Staunton chess set. The design, quality and craftsmanship of this set is UNMATCHED by any set of Chessmen in its price range. Nothing even comes close!

 

The Chessmen are new and each set consists of 34 Chessmen, including four Queens, a standard that was introduced by The House of Staunton in 1993.

 

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Chess Board Included? The Chess Board featured is for photographic purposes only and must be purchased separately
Material(s) Ebonized Boxwood, Golden Rosewood, Indian Rosewood, Natural Boxwood
Fitted Coffer Compatible? Too Small for Coffer
King Height 3.75'' inch / 9.53 cm
King Base Diameter 1.5'' inch / 3.81 cm
Recommended Chess Board Size 2.25" inch / 5.7 cm
Basepad Material Billiard Cloth
Median Set Weight 38.4 Ounces
Total Number of Pieces 34 Chess Pieces, including 2 Additional Queens (for Pawn Promotion)

History of the Chess Pieces

The 1939 Buenos Aires Chess Olympiad convened under the dark shadow of a looming world war, the last Olympiad that would be held until 1950 in Dubrovnik. Ironically, Poland and Germany battled for first place even as Germany panzers streamed towards Warsaw. When the German team finally emerged the victor, no one applauded them at the trophy ceremony. Drama swirled around the presence of Alekhine, playing for France, and Capablanca, playing for Cuba, and whether they would meet in another world championship match. The English team left Argentina before completion of the tourney, fearful of being stranded there by U-boats and Kriegsmarine raiders. The U.S. never sent a team out of financial concerns. Many European players, among them Miguel Najdorf, stayed in South America rather than return their war-ravaged homelands. Many who did return died in the war. The chessmen used at the Olympiad were manufactured in Argentina and known as the “Magistral” set. They were made not of wood, but of Bakelite, and molded in several pieces which then screwed together on imbedded brass bolts. They came housed in a very unique, large black rook. Originals survive today in several museums and private collections.

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