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Some chess sets have a soul. I'm not talking about the shiny new Staunton standard that you purchased recently... I'm talking about one of the first sets that you ever used, maybe the one you learned to play chess with. How many hours did you spend with it? Hundreds? Thousands? It's probably tucked away somewhere, in the attic, in the basement... You never posted pictures of it, until now. It's broken, the magnet is missing from the rook... Here is mine:
Not a bad idea for a thread.
Unfortunately the board I learned on went missing long ago. The pieces I remember were demolished by my little brothers one evening when my parents were gone... the pieces were thrown into a fan and sent flying, the dogs would run after them and chew them up
Well, this chess set is dear and old...but it isn't busted up.
It is not my very first chess set; I think it's my third.I bought it new in 1959.
It is a magnetic set and the pieces store underneath. Open, the board is 6.5 in x 6.5 in. It is hinged, and folds in half to 3.25 x 6.5 so that the board and all the pieces are about the size of a checkbook (except fatter) and it fits easily into a jacket pocket.
I still use this set as an analysis board because it is very user friendly and of a convenient size. Considering that I have had this set for 53 years...it still looks like it is in great shape.
I'm pretty sure that you can repair that with one trip to the hardware store. I'm not sure where the heck you're going to get the magnet from though.
I use those and stuff it with putty/plaster.
e4nf3's set must have been a popular release, I remember playing on a very similar set decades ago...
Back in the '70s, I paid for my tournaments for a couple years selling books and equipment at them, and I sold this set! Back in the pre-internet and pre-computer days, many players kept a small "analyis set" with them, and this was a popular alternative.
I just looked at it carefully to see who the manufacturer was and the country of manufacture. Nothing. No tag.
Perhaps there once was a tag and I removed it. I don't know. One thing I do know...it was not made in China. Nothing, back then was made in China...nothing...and nowadays...everything.
The quality is quite decent. This, and the fact that I never dropped it on concrete, is why it has held up so well.
The only thing askew is that one of the small nibs in the black Q's crown is snipped off. Hardly noticeable. I must have been hungry.
I just noticed...
All for rook have embedded in the mold, at the top: "Drueke"
After discovering that, I found this...at a chess piece retail site on the internet...for $19.95...looks like their modern day equivalent.
The wood (walnut, I think) has been replaced with plastic. That and it doesn't hing...so it won't fold to fit in a pocket. Also, it is an 8-inch set...mine is 6.5-inches when unfolded.
Here's my 34 year-old Dreuke folder (with substituted pieces). Nice walnut frame.
and here are the pieces on another board (those pieces on the folding board were cramped for me).
That first one...the board looks very similar to mine.
And this one, still available, was what Bobby had:
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