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The Capablanca Chess Edition - Reykjavik II Series Chess Set and Board Combination

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Description

THE CHESSMEN

"An exact reproduction of one of the most historically important Chess sets ever produced, the Chess set used in the legendary 1972 World Chess Championship, featuring Robert J. (Bobby) Fischer (USA) and Boris Spassky (RUS)."

The House of Staunton is proud to offer the The Capablanca ChessEdition - Reykjavik II Chess Set - 3.75 inch King. A full tournament-sized Chess set, it features a 3.75" King with a 1.6" 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. The design of the Reykjavik II Chess set is an exact reproduction of the Chess set used by the legendary American Grandmaster Bobby Fischer when he won the 1972 World Chess Championship against the reigning World Champion Grandmaster Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The Chess set has been designed to withstand years of use (and abuse), as it lacks many of the ornate details commonly found on Chess Sets that can be susceptible to damage in the heat of battle. For example, the Chess set features reinforced Pawn collars and oversized Rook ramparts for unmatched durability. The Reykjavik II Series Chess set is ideal for those that are interested in both the historical importance of the game of Chess, as well as those looking for an attractive Chess set that is both economical and durable.

 

As with all of our Chess sets, the Reykjavik II Series Chessmen 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 42 Chessmen, including four Queens, a standard that was introduced by The House of Staunton over 10 years ago.

 

NOTE - This Chess Set includes the Standard 34 Pieces of the Reykjavik II plus 2 Arch-Bishops, 2 Chancellors and 4 Pawns


THE CHESSBOARD

The Capablanca Chess Edition Veneered Wooden Tournament Chessboard with 2.25" Squares features Mahogany (dark) and Maple (light) squares with a Mahogany frame and rank/file labels. To accommodate Capablanca Chess, the Chessboard is non-standard sized with 10 squares x 8 squares. This European-crafted Chessboard is 0.5" thick, has a satin finish.

 

THE CHESSBOX

The Slide Top Chess Box is the most economical way to protect your chessmen. It comes with a removable green pillow lining that allows it to hold chess sets of various sizes, from a 3.0” king height to a 4.4” king height. It also features a slide top lid, green velour lining and two divided storage compartments.

History of the Chess Pieces

Capablanca Chess (or Capablanca's Chess) is a chess variant invented in the 1920s by former World Chess Champion José Raúl Capablanca. It incorporates two new pieces and is played on a 10×8 board. He believed that chess would be played out in a few decades (meaning games between grandmasters would always end in draws). This threat of "draw death" for chess was his main motivation for creating a more complex and richer version of the game.

* Archbishop The archbishop combines powers of a bishop and a knight.
* Chancellor The chancellor combines powers of a rook and a knight.

The new pieces have properties that enrich the game. For example, the archbishop by itself can checkmate a lone king (king in a corner, archbishop placed diagonally with one square in between).

Capablanca proposed two opening setups for Capablanca Chess. His final revision placed the archbishop between the queen's knight and queen's bishop; the chancellor between the king's knight and king's bishop. The king moves three squares when castling instead of moving two squares as in standard chess. A pawn can promote to archbishop or chancellor in addition to the regular promotion options in standard chess.

Capablanca also experimented with a 10×10 board size with a different initial setup and where pawns could advance up to three squares on their first move. Edward Lasker writes: ...I played many test games with Capablanca, and they rarely lasted more than twenty or twenty-five moves. We tried boards of 10×10 squares and 10×8 squares, and we concluded that the latter was preferable because hand-to-hand fights start earlier on it.

Lasker was one of the few supporters. Hungarian grandmaster Géza Maróczy also played some games with Capablanca (who got the better of him). British champion William Winter thought that there were too many strong pieces, making the minor pieces less relevant.

The names for new pieces, archbishop (originally named chancellor) and chancellor (originally named marshall, followed by marshal), were introduced by Capablanca himself.[4] These names are still used in most modern variants of Capablanca Chess.

Additional Information on Capablanca Chess may be found at Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capablanca_chess

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Product Details

Manufacturer The House of Staunton
Chess Board Included? Includes Chess Board.
King Height 3.75'' inch / 9 53 cm
King Base Diameter 1.6'' inch / 4.06 cm
Basepad Material Billiard Cloth
Square Size 2.25'' inch / 5.7 cm
Chess Board Footprint 21.25 x 25.75 in
Dimensions 12.5" x 5.5" x 4"
Chess Board Height 0.5"
Recommended Carrying Bag Size 28" Chess board Carrying Bag
Median Set Weight 52 ounces (1.47 kg)

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