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ungewichtet

You are right, a seller's label of origin can only be taken as a hint. I combined the regency sets you posted with a couple of sets I have and sets offered online to pose a question concerning certain elements that could be indicative of a local style- or not.

All in all, tournament pictures are not the only source. There would be private pictures and there would be the memory of people who still have such sets in their homes who still know where those are from.

I had a look at my handful of Olympiad books, but Warsaw 1935 was not among them. I found out that Miroslawa Litmanowicz, (1928-2017) wrote a 362-pages book on it in 1996. She was an international master and successful chess writer, her husband was a player and chess arbiter and journalist. There are two historical photos of her playing online in an obituary. I do not know if the photos are taken in tournaments played in Poland, though.

Mirosława Litmanowicz i Krystyna Radzikowska – odwieczne rywalki, oddane sobie przyjaciółki. archiwum Mirosławy Litmanowicz

Mirosława Litmanowicz – połowa lat 1960-tych archiwum Mirosławy Litmanowicz

Władysław Litmanowicz

EfimLG47
magictwanger wrote:

Efim, that is very similar to my 19th Century Soviet Alekhine set which I bought 2 years ago from a seller named "Oldset". I'm quite pleased with how it turned out and hope this seller is still around, since he was from the Ukraine.

@magictwanger they called it "Alekhine set" because the Moscow museum displayed it together with a book by Alekhine, even though there is no real connection to Alekhine (at least none that I would be aware of).

Regarding Andrej (aka Oldset), I have sad news, as I recently learned that he was killed earlier this year defending Ukraine. He was a fine craftsman providing many beautiful sets to the chess world.

Kovylkino
ungewichtet написал:

You are right, a seller's label of origin can only be taken as a hint. I combined the regency sets you posted with a couple of sets I have and sets offered online to pose a question concerning certain elements that could be indicative of a local style- or not.

All in all, tournament pictures are not the only source. There would be private pictures and there would be the memory of people who still have such sets in their homes who still know where those are from.

I had a look at my handful of Olympiad books, but Warsaw 1935 was not among them. I found out that Miroslawa Litmanowicz, (1928-2017) wrote a 362-pages book on it in 1996. She was an international master and successful chess writer, her husband was a player and chess arbiter and journalist. There are two historical photos of her playing online in an obituary. I do not know if the photos are taken in tournaments played in Poland, though.

Mirosława Litmanowicz i Krystyna Radzikowska – odwieczne rywalki, oddane sobie przyjaciółki. archiwum Mirosławy Litmanowicz

Mirosława Litmanowicz – połowa lat 1960-tych archiwum Mirosławy Litmanowicz

Władysław Litmanowicz

In the first photo, Polish tournament chess pieces from the 1960s, in this thread on page 1 post #9 there was a message about these chess pieces.

I won't be lazy, I'll upload the photo again.

Poland. 1970s. Mikhail Tal plays this chess in a simultaneous game.

(photo source

These chess were very common in Poland in the 60s.

Anna Jurczyńska z lewej (foto: Lubelskie Centrum Dokumentacji Historii Sportu)

Anna Yurchinska is a chess player, multiple Polish chess champion. Photo from the archives of the Lublin Center for Documentation of the History of Sports Anna Jurczyńska plays with Bozena Pytel, who was then called Zemietska.

https://historiasportu.umcs.lublin.pl/2013/07/anna-jurczynska/

In the second photo, also Polish tournament chess pieces from the 1960s, there was a message about these chess pieces in this thread on page 1 post #10.

These chess were used in the Poland-USA friendly match with the participation of Robert Fischer, as well as at the 1969 Women's Chess Olympiad, which was held in Poland.

Nona Gaprindashvili

4th Women's Chess Olympiad, Lublin, Poland. 1969

Unfortunately, the Polish chess pieces in the third photo are little known to me.

Your photo

And below are photographs where they play with the same pieces.

XV Turniej Szachowy im. A. Rubinsteina. 1977

Link to photographs from different years from the Akiba Rubinstein Memorial

https://polska-org.pl/4381636%2CPolanica_Zdroj%2CMiedzynarodowy_Festiwal_Szachowy_im_Akiby_Rubinsteina.html

Regarding the chess pieces from the 1935 Chess Olympiad, which was held in Warsaw, in this topic on the first page there are archival photographs from the Olympiad, in which the chess pieces are clearly visible.

Link to the archive where photographs from the 1935 Chess Olympiad were downloaded.

https://audiovis.nac.gov.pl/obraz/185203:1/

Chess Olympiad 1935 (Warsaw).

Match France - Lithuania (French chess players: Alexander Alekhine, Victor Kahn, Andre Muffant, Maurice Raisman). On chess boards, Warsaw 1935 Chess Pieces.

A few more photos of Polish chess pieces from the middle of the last century.

Polish chess from the 60s-70s, with box. They were also common at the amateur and household level.

Old Polish chess set 1970s

Szachy Popularne "Jedność"

There is a book on the Internet with the title: 60 LAT

TURNIEJU SZACHOWEGO LZS

About „ZŁOTĄ WIEŻĘ”

In which there are many photographs from the middle of the last century from Polish chess tournaments, where you can see what kind of chess was played at that time in Poland.

In general, in this topic, many tournament Polish chess pieces are mentioned. The main thing is to start reading this topic from the first page. But of course, there is still a lot that is not known about the history of Polish chess pieces, and if anyone has verified information, add it to this topic, we will be grateful.

ungewichtet

Beautiful post. Great job! I had read it from page one, still I failed to recognize the two sets shown before. But my involuntary reprise with the photos of the Litmanowiczs brought about your comprehensive reply. Thank you!

Kovylkino

Tournament photographs from the first half of the 20th century, in which Polish chess pieces are clearly visible.

Photo from the Polish Photo Archive:

Turniej szachowy w klubie Towarzystwa Miłośników Szachów im. Józefa Dominika w Krakowie

Data wydarzenia: 1927

Miejsce: Kraków

https://audiovis.nac.gov.pl/obraz/225714/6c36c8416920309f308ec3f264d77064/

Mistrzostwa szachowe w Krakowie

Data wydarzenia: 1929

Miejsce: Kraków

https://audiovis.nac.gov.pl/obraz/225814/b01cd46b7a38a7728e8c2ec6978d294d/

Międzyokręgowe zawody szachowe Kraków - Śląsk w Krakowie

Data wydarzenia: 1932

Miejsce: Kraków

https://audiovis.nac.gov.pl/obraz/225697/7c4d23d88a1b6fe044ab6d8c023a0574

Opis obrazu: Turniej szachowy o mistrzostwo Krakowa.

Data wydarzenia: 1936

Miejsce: Kraków

https://audiovis.nac.gov.pl/obraz/225815/e317269d7a0ec308d1b4802f23fe7786/

Turniej szachowy pomiędzy zespołami Krakowa i Śląska

Data wydarzenia: 1937

Miejsce: Katowice

https://audiovis.nac.gov.pl/obraz/225817/b01cd46b7a38a7728e8c2ec6978d294d/

Polish chess pieces from the 1930s in the Regence style:

Mistrz szachowy Rudolf Spielmann rozegrał partię szachową z 40 graczami.

Data wydarzenia: 1934-01-29

Miejsce: Warszawa

https://audiovis.nac.gov.pl/obraz/225780/

Klaus Junge, Aleksander Alechin,

( Polish chess pieces from the 1930s in the Regence style)

Turniej szachowy

Data wydarzenia: 1939 - 1945

Miejsce: -

https://audiovis.nac.gov.pl/obraz/27854/c8acbd2c6dcc1febf0f0770ed0248026/

Klaus Junge - Thanks to his early success in national and international competitions, he is recognized as the most talented young chess player in Germany after Em. Lasker. An officer in the Wehrmacht, he died during the Battle of Welle shortly before the end of World War II.

From page 185 of Szachy wojenne 1939-1945 War chess by Paweł Dudziński (Ostrów Wielkopolski, 2013):

Trzeci turniej szachowy w Krakowie

Hans Frank (2. z prawej) obserwuje partię szachów pomiędzy mistrzem świata i Europy Aleksandrem Alechinem (3. z prawej) a mistrzem Berlina Friedrichem Samischem.

Data wydarzenia: 1942-10

Miejsce: Kraków

https://audiovis.nac.gov.pl/obraz/27850/c8acbd2c6dcc1febf0f0770ed0248026/

As you can see from the photographs, in the period from 1939 to 1945 in Poland they also played with German Bundesform chess pieces.

Alexander Alekhine and Efim Bogolyubov actively played in Polish chess tournaments in the early 1940s.

chess tournament standings:

tournament Krakow Warsaw 1941

https://www.365chess.com/tournaments/Krakow_Warsaw_1941/28653

tournament Lublin Warsaw Cracow 1942

https://www.365chess.com/tournaments/Lublin_Warsaw_Cracow_1942/28705

Bundesform Wikipedia https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundesform