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hermanjohnell

Are you set on ruining all threads on this forum?

DesperateKingWalk
hermanjohnell wrote:

Are you set on ruining all threads on this forum?

Funny you guys started this AGAIN. Then you cry about it.

I will stop again...... Lets see when you guys start again.

Yenster1

Who started this? Are you saying the sky is GREEN again?

Yenster1
DesperateKingWalk wrote:
hermanjohnell wrote:

Are you set on ruining all threads on this forum?

Funny you guys started this AGAIN. Than you cry about it.

I will stop again...... Lets see when you guys start again.

So I get to post a picture of you in response....DesparateHopAlong getting sweaty with his cowbell.evilgrincry

DesperateKingWalk

Cool Will Ferrell ! Thanks.

hermanjohnell

Acacia and boxwood.

Powderdigit

DelphinSnow

hermanjohnell

If I got to keep only one set I´d choose this.

Yenster1

"Who are you?"

I think Herman said the little one's design is a "Staunton King by Rune Viking", but I don't know. It came with many Fidelity International computer chess games from the early 80's, but I can't find any reference to the actual design. I searched up 'Rune Viking' but all I saw was a reference to a Swedish made plastic container brand.

BrownishGerbil

The design of the little one is from a German plastic set which is very very common in Germany, Belgium and maybe the Netherlands. Most chess clubs I know around here use them.

The rest of the pieces is based on a Bayerwald set from the 60s. Check out https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-equipment/german-chess-sets-deutsche-schafiguren as well

Yenster1

@BrownishGerbil Wow, thanks. This set here (from the video) seems to be an exact match to my little one. The pattern of the mane looks identical. I wonder if that mane is only on the left side like my little one. I'll have to look into this further. Great lead!

BrownishGerbil

Indeed, mane is only on one side. They come in other combinations of pieces as well:

Yenster1
BrownishGerbil wrote:

Indeed, mane is only on one side. They come in other combinations of pieces as well:

@BrownishGerbil Well Thank you very much. This looks like an exact match. So a German set (that video says DDR 70-80). Mystery solved! Thanks again!

chessmaster_diamond

These look exactly like the chess set that Fidelity Electronics used for most of their chess computers (beginning with the Chess Challenger 10C) from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s. The chess computer companies like Saitek or Novag all had their signature sets.

hermanjohnell

Interesting. I bought my set 1977 or -78 at Lundequistska Bokhandeln in Uppsala. It came in a brown plastic box (se pictures). The box had a label that said "STAUNTON KING" and on the bottom of the box one can read "Design Rune Viking MADE IN SWEDEN" and "SWED DESIGN REG No 106412.

Rune is a common swedish (male) name and Viking (sometimes spelled Wiking) is used both as a first name and as a surname so I´ve always believed that the pieces were designed by a man named Rune Viking. It never occured to me that Rune Viking could be a company name (and such names usually have the suffix AB). Nor did I perceive the relatively plain box as a design object but of course someone must have designed as well as manufactured it and it´s concievable that a man Rune Viking designed the box (and had nothing to do with the pieces delivered in said box). It´s also possible that Rune Viking was a (rather odd) company name.

I´m sorry if I have misled anyone. It was unintentional.

The pieces - be they made in DDR or in Sweden - are very nice and, for plastic, high quality. Dedicated chess computers became a thing around that time and it seems likely that the maker of the Staunton King pieces licensed or sold their rights to the set to one of the computer companies (but that´s pure guesswork).

The pieces shown in post #212 are similar to but not identical with SK and looks cheaper.

BrownishGerbil

They are very cheap. Still sold today at 10€ per set, give or take. It's a resin set by the way, not weighted and indestructible. There's a reason they are used so much in clubs here.

Yenster1

Prevision Chess Ecliptic Style - with matte surface

DelphinSnow

Swirly Knight

BCPete47

Picked up these cuties a few days ago.