Official FIDE Chess Set

chessroboto

After having the opportunity to actually play with the Official 2013 FIDE chess set on a DGT board, I can now say that it they are gorgeous and wonderful to play with IMHO. Pictures do not do these pieces justice. When the pieces are paired with the correct wooden DGT e-board and the play area is lit properly, the whole chess set becomes "eye candy" which makes study or play even more enjoyable at extended periods of time. The longer I stared at them, the more that my  subjective brain appreciated the new design.

Since I handled them myself, I could confirm that the weighted pieces add to the satisfaction of handling quality wooden pieces whether you slide the pieces across the board or lift-and-place them on their squares. It makes a tactile difference when comparing them to the stock classic and unweighted wood pieces that come with every DGT board since the mid-2000s.

Finally, there is no way to mistake pieces from another. This is a non-issue for masters who play blindfold, but visual enthusiasts like myself need to enjoy what is seen with the naked eye. These pieces do not disappoint.

Mohan_Kumar_Chess
chessroboto wrote:

After having the opportunity to actually play with the Official 2013 FIDE chess set on a DGT board, I can now say that it they are gorgeous and wonderful to play with IMHO. Pictures do not do these pieces justice. When the pieces are paired with the correct wooden DGT e-board and the play area is lit properly, the whole chess set becomes "eye candy" which makes study or play even more enjoyable at extended periods of time. The longer I stared at them, the more that my  subjective brain appreciated the new design.

Since I handled them myself, I could confirm that the weighted pieces add to the satisfaction of handling quality wooden pieces whether you slide the pieces across the board or lift-and-place them on their squares. It makes a tactile difference when comparing them to the stock classic and unweighted wood pieces that come with every DGT board since the mid-2000s.

Finally, there is no way to mistake pieces from another. This is a non-issue for masters who play blindfold, but visual enthusiasts like myself need to enjoy what is seen with the naked eye. These pieces do not disappoint.

https://www.etsy.com/in-en/listing/626865187/reproduced-2013-world-chess-championship?ref=shop_home_active_24&pro=1&frs=1

It you are interested in non-electronic pieces.

chessroboto

Thanks for the tip.

You should know that the latest version of the DGT 2013 Official Chess Set come with a revised knight. As another poster has mentioned, the neck swoop is less pronounced so it does not look as narrow and "anemic."



RTrinkner

In this photo, the base of the knight is also less trapezoidal and more rounded.  The reproduction set by Royal Chess Mall also has this rounded base. I personally prefer the more trapezoidal base of the original because it's more similar to the bases of the other pieces.

jaymayuga

Finally took the plunge and got this FIDE replica chess pieces from a seller in India. 150 USD.



essmanchay

@jaymayuga, your set looks great. Thanks for sharing. Is this the set that you take to clubs and tournaments?

Thanks,

Oliver

jaymayuga
essmanchay wrote:

@jaymayuga, your set looks great. Thanks for sharing. Is this the set that you take to clubs and tournaments?

Thanks,

Oliver

@essmanchay , this is the set that was first used in 2013 chess candidates and world chess championships. This is the pieces that are currently being used in Chess Candidates 2020. 

chessroboto

Now THAT’S my kind of news! I hoped that the different DGT styles would be cycled through the events more often. What I do NOT look forward to hear is a different style comes out for every tournament. 
It’s a chessboard, not a fashion runway! 
At least follow the life cycle of equipment and wearable gear of Olympic sports...

chessroboto

If Anand left his mark by influencing the design of the 2013 FIDE pieces, should we expect the Norwegian Carlsen to influence FIDE to make the 2021 pieces look like this:

essmanchay
jaymayuga wrote:

@essmanchay , this is the set that was first used in 2013 chess candidates and world chess championships. This is the pieces that are currently being used in Chess Candidates 2020. 

 

Hi @jaymayuga,

What I meant was, do you bring this set with you to tournaments, club events and play on it? Is it your "everyday" set?

I am asking because I am looking for an "everyday" wooden chess set.

Thanks again!

Oliver

SpanishStallion

These are not genuine championship sets and must be from Royal Chess Mall.

chessroboto

Nothing wrong with RCM reproduction pieces. Cheaper sets are perfect for rugged “anywhere” games without the fear of ruining the authentic $600-$700 sets.

zagryan
chessroboto wrote:

If Anand left his mark by influencing the design of the 2013 FIDE pieces, should we expect the Norwegian Carlsen to influence FIDE to make the 2021 pieces look like this:

There's a nice chessmen named Magnus Carlsen. I wouldn't say it's Norwegian because it's made by Chessbazaar but it's Magnus Carlsen so it's almost the same.

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/chessbazaar-introduces-magnus-carlsen-chess-set

bdchess617

I just use a magnetic chessboard

chessroboto

Thanks for the recommendation on the wooden PlayMagnus pieces.