Set of the Month

Everyone loves a great deal! And each month The Chess Schach, or rather, my dear wife Angie (as this was her idea!) will select a listing from THE GALLERY to feature as our SET OF THE MONTH. This entitles you, our dearest customer, to a 15% discount (Ouch!!) on the asking price, which, of course, already comes with our complimentary free shipping! 
My heart can’t take Angie’s ideas I tell ya!!

**addendum … it is February 2021 and I have taken control of the SET OF THE MONTH (insert evil laugh here!). It was my idea, after all. My selections may not be based on the eye of an artist or the brain of a chess nerd, but I’m looking forward to choosing a new one every month from the heart. This time, it’s personal. Hope you like them! – Angie



Who could not adore this set? I especially love the black pieces paired with that blue felt bottom. There’s something vintage and luxurious about them and when Alan was working on this set, I couldn’t help but pop my head in to see how it was coming along. There’s some romance to the history of the pieces that I also appreciate! Alan will probably raise an eyebrow at me choosing this one and giving someone such a nice discount, but it’s the set that holds my heart at the moment. 

Logici d’Ferro (The Iron Logician); 32 Botvinnik-Flohr (BF II) tournament chess pieces without board, caramel v. black, wood, original weights, distressed/antiqued, Soviet, c.1958
Height: King 10.7cm or 4 1/4”, weight 38g, base width 4.4cm; Queen 9.5cm, wt 33g, Bishop 8.5cm 32g, Knight 7.5cm 36g, Rook 6.2cm 30g, Pawns 6cm 25g
W: deep Russian blue felt bases B: same

A truly classic Soviet tournament set that gained its sobriquet from the Moscow International Tournament of 1935 where the ‘Iron Logician’ Mikhail Botvinnik and Salo Flohr tied for 1st place, just ahead of the great Emanuel Lasker and the Cuban legend, Capablanca, who placed 3rd and 4th respectively. Several variations of these distinctive chessmen (characterized by the ‘flat’ mitres of the bishops) were widely used throughout the USSR between 1930 and 1970 and are considered in chess collecting circles to be one of “the most iconic Soviet designs ever produced” (qu. Chuck Grau: ‘Soviet and Russian Chess Sets’ Facebook group). Included in the gallery is also a well-circulated photograph of this very same set snapped at the Moscow Central Chess Club in 1958 when a 15-year-old Bobby Fischer was invited to play a few games of blitz with the future World Champion (1963-69) Tigran Petrosian – and who knows? These may be the same pieces!? An official clash between the two in the same year was nicknamed ‘The Bear Hug” and is the third game featured in Fischer’s 60 Memorable Games should you have a copy in your library.

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