To commemorative the Legendary Piatigorsky Cup Chess tournaments of 1963 and 1966, which at the time were the strongest tournaments held in the United States and included such participants as World Champion Tigran Petrosian and future World Champions Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.
The House of Staunton is proud to offer the Piatigorsky Cup Series Chess Pieces. It features a 4.5" King with a 1.8" diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and are the first set we've ever produced that features a Gorgeous distressed Mahogany patina, designed to have the look and feel of one of the actual Piatigorsky Cup sets. These chessmen are heavily weighted and feature billiard cloth base pads under the pieces.
As with all of our Chess sets, the Piatigorsky Cup Series Signature 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.
History of the Chess Pieces
For many, looking at this elegant chess set will instill a sense of déjà vu. It’s the knights that grab you. You’ve seen them before—you’re sure if it—but you’re not quite sure where or when. Was it at a tournament? An old photo? Perhaps. Was it something with Fischer? Maybe. Whatever the case you know there is something special about it . . . some historical significance.
And you would be right!
The set has a strong pedigree with a storied history. It was designed by the enterprising Hungarian-American International Master Herman Steiner, near the end of World War II in Los Angeles 1945. Steiner’s association with Jacqueline Piatigorsky was a relationship of special importance to American chess history. As it turns out, it was also a relationship that catapulted Steiner’s chess set design into immortality.
It was always Herman’s goal to host an epic international tournament rivaling the legendary New York International of 1924. It is hardly surprising, given his special relationship with the Piatiogorskys, that the Piatigorsky Cup tournaments of 1963 and 1966 were created. These tournaments, a triennial series of double round-robin grandmaster tournaments, featured many of the world's strongest players. This prestigious list includes World Champion Tigran Petrosian and future World Champions Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.
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|Chess Board Included?||The Chess Board featured is for photographic purposes only and must be purchased separately|
|Material(s)||Mahogany, Natural Boxwood|
|Manufacturer||The House of Staunton|
|Fitted Coffer Compatible?||Will Not Fit in any Coffer|
|King Height||4.5'' inch / 11.43 cm|
|King Base Diameter||1.8'' inch / 4.57 cm|
|Recommended Chess Board Size||2.5" inch / 6.4 cm|
|Basepad Material||Billiard Cloth|
|Median Set Weight||77 ounces (2.18291 kg)|
|Total Number of Pieces||34 Chess Pieces, including 2 Additional Queens (for Pawn Promotion)|