My original Dubrovnik chess set

Chessoholicar

Hi,

I decided to share the pictures of my "Dubrovnik" chess set, because I did not find anything like this on the Internet. Maybe you'll be interested too. But I have to note that this set is not for sale.
I'll tell you what I know about the set:
- it was purchased in Zagreb before 1975.
- The king is 9.6 cm tall.
- It's weighted. The total weight is 900 grams, the king is 40 grams.
- the difference in weight between the same pieces is 0-3 grams.
- It has an extremely high quality finish that looks like it was made yesterday.
- in general, the whole set is extremely high quality. I can honestly say that after more than 35 years of playing chess, I have not got a better set than this.
I tried to find some information about this set, but I did not succeed. On the Internet, you can find some images at: https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-equipment/vintage-dubrovnik-chess-set-1950 or http://www.bestchessmenever.com/blog/files/the-dubrovnik-chess-set.html
but my set is bigger than that, the horse looks better and it's weighted, and the king has a cross, not a ball. Maybe this is some sort of export variation or custom order, I do not know. Look at the pictures. Tell me what you think about this set.

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sound67

And you use these nice pieces on a cheap and nasty plastic rollout board?

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sound67 wrote:

And you use these nice pieces on a cheap and nasty plastic rollout board?

No, but this board gives the best contrast for the images. happy.png

The squares on board: 56x56 mm.

Rsava

Very nice set, great condition for a 44+ year old set. 

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Rsava wrote:

Very nice set, great condition for a 44+ year old set. 

Yes, the only difference is that in reality the white pieces are more yellow than in the pictures.

brother7

That's a beautiful set!

Do you use it for everyday play or study? Do you play with it in public, ie at coffee shops, clubs or tournaments? Or does it stay in your home?

CharmedRaptor832

oh my

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brother7 wrote:

That's a beautiful set!

Do you use it for everyday play or study? Do you play with it in public, ie at coffee shops, clubs or tournaments? Or does it stay in your home?

I play with it but rarely 5-6 times a year and only at home.

cgrau

A gorgeous set. A treasure. Excellent photos. Unusual with crosses instead of the typical ball finial. Check out Izmet Fekali’s excellent research on Dubros on his Best Chessmen Ever/Emotion of Chess webpage. Rumor has it he’s back in the house after a several year hiatus from Chess. Jonas, can you comment?

http://www.bestchessmenever.com/blog/

cgrau

Excellent photos, by the way. Your choice of boards was a good one not only for the contrast but because Fischer always used a similar board with his beloved Dubro.

 

Rsava

I think another great reason for the board is that it puts more of the focus on the pieces. Sure a wonderful wood board might look good but I focused completely on the pieces this way. 

ifekali
cgrau wrote:
Jonas, can you comment?

 

This is a fascinating find. The set is unmistakably from the Jakopović workshop (judging by his trademark knight details) featuring improved redesign of the original 1950 sets. However, two features leave me gasping - the cross on the king and the weights.

I've never seen a Dubrovnik like this.

- Izmet Fekali

 

drop64

Something does not feel right...

New account, set looks new not old, board like you know...

Even an unused set would still change over time, it would still age.

maik1988

Gorgeous set. Beautiful patina on the maple. What wood are the dark pieces made of? They have a different grain pattern seemingly so I'm inclined to believe not maple? Best knights ever.