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



I’ve been watching Alan work for years now and I love so many of his sets. Most of them are Soviet or from Germany, Eastern block countries, and other more traditional chess nations with storied histories. When I saw one with “Edinburgh” in the name, I had a shiver of ancestral glee that anything Scottish had made the grade! So, as I raise a wee dram to those who celebrate Robert Burns Day and know Sean Connery was the best ever Bond, I have chosen this bonny set as the Set of the Month! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Dunbughi Verticum (Edinburgh Upright): 32 weighted chessmen without board, boxwood v. rosewood,, antiqued and heavily distressed, recreated from a Royal Chess Mall reproduction of the popular Victorian Northern Upright design of the 1840-1880s.

Height: King 9.5cm or 3 3/4”, weight 48g, base width 4.5cm: Queen 8.7cm, wt 40g, bw 4cm; Bishop 7.7cm 30g, Knight 7.5cm 30g, Rook 5.7cm 30g; Pawns 5.5cm 17g.
W: lush royal blue felt bases B: same

In my humble opinion, this attractive reproduction by RCM is one of the best playing sets on the market today. All I have endeavoured to do here, using numerous ageing and antiquing techniques, is to take the pieces to another level i.e. back to their roots, making them look and feel, in every conceivable way, like they belong to the era in which they were originally created – warts and all!

This era coincided with the life of one of the great names in chess history, the genius that was Paul Morphy (1837-1884), seen above pictured with an Edinburgh Upright set when he toured England in 1858-59. The tag ‘Edinburgh’ can be traced back to the Edinburgh Chess Club and one of its leading members, Lord John Hay, who is said to have penned the blueprints for the set in the 1830s, but companies such as Calvert and Jaques of London also produced this type of pattern around the same time too. But whatever its origins the Upright remains one of the more memorable designs of the Pre-Staunton era whose influences can be seen as far afield as Austria, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union.

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