The House of Staunton is proud to offer the Botvinnik Flohr Series Luxury Chess Pieces. A full club-sized Chess set, it features a 4.0" King with a 1.8" diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans andcrafted out of the highest grade woods. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with a beautiful finish.
As with all of our Chess sets, the Botvinnik Flohr Series 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.
The Chess Set comes with a Individually Numbered Certificate of Authenticity and an original manufacturer's plaque indicating the production number, with an adhesive backing that would allow it to be affixed to the underside of a Chess box.
History of the Chess Pieces
The Botvinnik-Flohr Chessmen presented here are a faithful reproduction of those used during this historically important match which would ultimately catapult Botvinnik to prominence and set the stage for an eventual World Championship match with Alexander Alekhine – one which never occurred due to the untimely death of Alekhine. The House of Staunton Russian Series Chessmen were created reintroduce our customers to chess sets used by Russian Grandmasters and lesser lights during their 24-year domination of International chess.
After his winning the 1933 USSR Chess Championship in Leningrad, a match was devised by Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky and Nikolai Vasilyevich Krylenko to pit their new Soviet champion, Mikhail Botvinnik, against Salomon Flohr. Flohr was the leading Czech chess grandmaster and a national hero in his home country during the 1930s. At that time Flohr was one of the few chess professionals believed to be strong enough to challenge Alexander Alekhine for the world championship.
Flohr agreed to the match with Botvinnik. The first six games were to be played in Moscow and the latter six games in Leningrad. Few in Soviet chess circles at the time believed in Botvinnik’s chances against the very strong Czechoslovakian master, despite Botvinnik's impressive successes. Krylenko insisted, however, claiming that Botvinnik and the new generation had to be “tested.”
The first half of the match was a near disaster for both Botvinnik and Krylenko. Flohr got off to a one game lead in the opening round of the match, and had made it plus +2 by the end of the Moscow leg of the match. Botvinnik came back strongly in Leningrad however, managing to win two games drawing the match score tied at 6 points. It was not the resounding victory Krylenko had hoped for, but Botvinnik, at the very least, had managed to spare them both embarrassment.
Negotiations for a title match against World Champion Alexander Alekhine with Botvinnik were halted by the outbreak of World War II in Europe in 1939. In 1946, shortly after the War, negotiations for a world title match with Alekhine, were proceeding when Alekhine died in Portugal under unclear circumstances. To determine a successor to Alekhine, the 1948 AVRO World Championship was organized by FIDE. It was a quintuple round-robin tournament played to determine the new World Chess Champion. Mikhail Botvinnik won the five-player championship tournament, beginning the era of Soviet domination of International chess that would last over twenty years. Botvinnik would go on to hold or regain the World Championship until his loss in 1963 to Tigran Petrosian.
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The House of Staunton warranties this item to be free from manufacturing defect for a period of one year from the date of purchase.
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Included with Purchase
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Engraved Registered Plaque
- Individual Production Number
|Chess Board Included?||The Chess Board featured is for photographic purposes only and must be purchased separately|
|Manufacturer||The House of Staunton|
|Fitted Coffer Compatible?||Fits in Fitted Coffer|
|King Height||4.0'' inch / 10.16 cm|
|King Base Diameter||1.8'' inch / 4.57 cm|
|Recommended Chess Board Size||2.25" inch / 5.7 cm|
|Basepad Material||Billiard Cloth|
|Median Set Weight||48.2 Ounces|
|Total Number of Pieces||34 Chess Pieces, including 2 Additional Queens (for Pawn Promotion)|