Staunton chessmen

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The only type of chess set allowed in FIDE events.  In the 1978 World Championship match in Baguio, none of the chess sets shown to Karpov and Korchnoi just before the match were of the Staunton pattern.  Someone had to drive to Manila to find a Staunton chess set, which arrived just 15 minutes before the clocks were due to be started.   The Staunton knight pattern was modeled after the Greek horse of the Eglin Marbles in the British Museum.  The name of the standard pattern of chessmen in England before the Staunton pattern was the St. George design.  The pattern was designed by Nathaniel Cook in 1835.  The original Staunton chess pattern was first made by John Jacques and Son of London in 1849.

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