Mikhail Tal's favorite Latvian Chess Set circa 1950s

Nic_Olas

Same! I really wish they made a set like the op's in plastic. Is that sacrilege?  I kind of don't care bc the only otb chess I play I travel on foot to clubs and a weighted plastic set like that would be the coolest!

ZaidejasChEgis

The set looks elegant.

m_liguori
Nic_Olas wrote:

Same! I really wish they made a set like the op's in plastic. Is that sacrilege?  I kind of don't care bc the only otb chess I play I travel on foot to clubs and a weighted plastic set like that would be the coolest!

Not sacriledge, I love my Dubrovnik plastic set. I wish there were more quality plastic sets around. Personally I don't like weiaghted sets but would love more solid filled broad based plastic sets. Stability trumps weight in my book and this set doesn't set doesnt need anything extra to stand on it's own. 

informaticacobach29

Finally here are some pictures. One of my daughters took them as I've been kind of busy. I hope to take better ones this weekend. 

She didn't even placed the pieces on the chessboard. I shoud have asked the daughter who plays chess... Smile

I received another set this week, an incomplete (1 missing pawn) "Tal" set apparently made on 1951, it has some missing finials and many pawns have their collars broken. 

I guess the set pictured here is earlier than the one made in 1951. I love the knights, none of the knights of my other soviet sets have teeth, and are more detailed than the ones of my 1951 and the 1960`s "Tal's" set.

goodknightmike
informaticacobach29 wrote:

Finally here are some pictures. One of my daughters took them as I've been kind of busy. I hope to take better ones this weekend. 

She didn't even placed the pieces on the chessboard. I shoud have asked the daughter who plays chess... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I received another set this week, an incomplete (1 missing pawn) "Tal" set apparently made on 1951, it has some missing finials and many pawns have their collars broken. 

I guess the set pictured here is earlier than the one made in 1951. I love the knights, none of the knights of my other soviet sets have teeth, and are more detailed than the ones of my 1951 and the 1960`s "Tal's" set.

Fabulous set informatic, those fierce looking  Knights are amazing! Looking forward to more pics. Thanks for sharing

cgrau

Your daughter did a great job with the photos, Info, and that set is fantastic! So battle-hardened. Imagine all they've been through over the decades. The games, the players, their cigarettes and their vodka. 

gerberk

Great set with an enormous patina of cigars and wodka and beer.

Nic_Olas

Very good pics!!! I really wish they made a set like this in plastic. Perhaps in Russia or in eastern Europe somewhere? I wonder if the sharp appearance of the pieces spoke to Tal about how chess should be played?!

cgrau
Nic_Olas wrote:

Very good pics!!! I really wish they made a set like this in plastic. Perhaps in Russia or in eastern Europe somewhere? I wonder if the sharp appearance of the pieces spoke to Tal about how chess should be played?!

Nic, if you search Ebay or Etsy under Soviet chess pieces you'll find all kinds of plastic sets with similar designs.

Nic_Olas

Thanks! I will give it a good look! 

informaticacobach29

A few more pictures of the same chess set...

informaticacobach29

This set was made on 1951...

informaticacobach29

Finally, some pictures in order to compare the pieces of both sets...

 

goodknightmike

Thanks informatic for the additional pictures of your wonderful set

UpcountryRain
goodknightmike wrote:

Thanks informatic for the additional pictures of your wonderful set

Yes, very nice, informaticacobach29.

Spassky69

How do we know this was a favorite set of Tal's?  I do not recall ever seeing a picture of him with one.  I looked through the thread, but do not see any.  Don't mean to be a doubbting Thomas: it would just be nice to have some verification as there are many sets floating around with claims (ie. CB's claim about their fake Dubrovnik being Bobby's favorite set; that set is makde by NoJ and no one else.) and it's good to have proof.

cgrau

Spassky69, I've never run across anyone who knows more about Soviet sets than Arlindo Vieira, who sometimes posts here as BurnAmos. In his amazing video on Soviet sets, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXTwxG4N62Y, he refers to these Latvian sets as "Tal's favorite," and the characterization stuck. In his video, and in his blog, Xadrez Memoria, http://xadrezmemoria.blogspot.com/, he shows several photos of Tal playing on this set.

CE208

I've enjoyed learning a few things about chess set collecting from you folks on this site.

I have questions about these Soviet/Latvian/German 'vintage' sets that seem to come via Ebay or similar sources.

How does one satisfy concerns about provenance?  Or does it bother anyone?

Given the turbulent history and human rights abuses of these countries, is there not a distinct possibility that some of these sets were simply confiscated at some time from their rightful owners?

I've had the opportunity more than once to acquire 'liberated' European firearms of questionable source.  Example would be a beautiful Simpson SxS shotgun that 'came home from the war'.  To me, that is just 'loot', and I want no part of it.

I would likely consider a replica before an undocumented original.

Thoughts?

 

 

a5zima
informaticacobach29 wrote:

I ordered this a couple of weeks ago. Hope to get it soon.

Pictures from the seller:

 

 

 

Hello, this very interesting chess set! Does it have the stamp of manufacturer or date?