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My Dubrovnik Set On My Drueke

  • #101


    The appeal of opposite color bishop tips is the differentiation from the pawns. Position is clearer on a Dubrovnik. Here's a story:

    I gifted a nice Staunton to a dear elderly neighbour of mine for his 80th birthday and he loved it. Weighted, felted, handcarved. A collector's item. I figured it was about time to replace his old beat up Subozan set his gang of retired friends was playing on on Sundays in his garden.

    I come by a few days later, see him and another old guy, both heavily bespectacled, play a game on that beautiful Staunton chess set. But something is weird. I come closer.

    First thing they did was color the bishop caps opposite with a wall paint at hand.


  • #102

    @crazyim5 That set is called The Ultimate Chess Set. Rumor is that the factory in Taiwan that made them has closed and the molds can not be found. But there is hope according to an article posted in another thread here


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    The rooks appear tad thinner and taller in the middle or maybe it's the angle. I can't make up my mind

    Pretty close to these old eyesWink

  • #105
    ROBB_CHESS wrote:

    My Fav Set...

    Very, very nice.

  • #106

    Yes, nice set.  I'm not sure how well I'd like playing with the "fat" pawns (I'd have to try them), but they are very nice looking.

  • #107

    they are all very nice, but, I prefere 9kick9's

  • #108

    The pieces behind that Ultimate set on the picture is an American Drueke Player's Choice from the 70's. Nice! I prefer the Drueke set as I'm not too fascinated by the Ultimate's bulbous bishops and fat-headed pawns.

    Thanx for posting the picture of a relaxed older Karpov with what seems like an unweighted "Zagreb version" plastic Dubrovnik set on a vinyl board. There's also a weighted Slojvenian Dubrovnik plastic model, which I own and I think is superior to the Zagreb. I proudly use it on a leather roll-up board with brown and tan squares and also a ...(yes, like many seem to have here..) a wooden Drueke board! The Drueke was used in Kasparov-Deep Blue '97 and the Dubrovnik is the Holy Grail of all sets. Both combined are simply... divine chessic beauty... my friend. I experience it every day.

  • #109

    are you in London Izmet? - come over for dinner and a game!

  • #110

    Oh, I wish!

    And look at that, my first! What a wonderful, wonderful set! I had to wait months for another. A charming lady sweettalked me out of this one ... Please pass my best ...


  • #111

    done :)

  • #112

    lovely sets. Wish i had one.

  • #113

    Anyone tracking the markets might know the EUR/USD is down 20-30%

    The Drubovnik from Noj Slovenia is 20% discounted even for me in India. 

    People are talking of USD-EURO parity.

    Assuming Noj Slovenia will continue selling their set in euro, it could be available at a nice discount for many of us, who have been saving up for quite some time now. 

  • #114

    Anyone "tracking" the Noj Slovenia website might know that they keep raising their prices.

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  • #117

    interesting pieces. similar to zagreb design, isnt it?

  • #118

    Could someone please tell me what size Drueke board the Dubrovnik 1950 Original and Dubrovnik II sets would be best suited on?

    Furthermore, as both the set and baord is made of Maple and Walnut, will it be difficult to see the pieces on? I am ordering these two sets from Noj, but I'm now thinking I should get a stained version of the Dubrovnik II, so I can better see it on a Drueke board, which I plan to buy as it looks cool.

    If there's any suggestions for what board a Dubrovnik 1950 Original in Maple and Walnut would look best on, I would appreciate a recommendation.

    Many thanks if someone can help.

  • #119

    Just wanted to post that I've since changed my mind and the set isn't as off-putting as I originally felt. If the pieces are well made, it can actually look pretty classy. It's not by any means my favorite set, but I wouldn't feel negative about owning it.

  • #120



    That is my favourite design <3


    I don't like coloured tips on pieces. At all. Very distracting, which is the last thing I want.

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