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Very cool set. Nice acquisition.
Yes, a nice acquisition, Robert. Haven't seen many of these Russian peg-in sets.
Very nice set, Robert.
I have been on the lookout for a vintage Soviet travel set for a few months now and finally pulled the trigger this morning on this set from Karkiv, Ukraine. As the board is slightly less than 12" square, it falls within "my" specs for a travel set. King stands 2.75". I'll post more pics when it arrives.
- Sorry for the size of the second image! I couldn't figure out how to delete it in order to resize...
Oh well, the second image looks OK after posting. Please forgive my noobness!
Thanks, Luke. That's a pretty set. When I think of travel sets, I'm pretty much a peg-in guy, with the occasional magnetic set thrown in. They were designed to play when you are in motion. I think of sets like the one you bought more as analysis sets. Good to play with in a cafe or library, though. That set has a beautiful patina on it, too. Did you buy it from Aleksandr at USSRovskyVintage? He's good people!
He's another little travel set that came in recently. It's a taracea set from Cordoba, Spain, and dates to the 1980's. Overall size is 5-3/4""x5-3/4" with a 4-1/2"x4-1/2" playing surface. It's got an interesting little storage mechanism that I'll attempt to show in the pics. This is the board in it's closed position:
Then you slide the board/cover to the side:
Then lift it off to see the pieces revealed:
And then, of course, set up the pieces and put the board/cover back together:
And finally, a better view:
Thank you, Robert. Yes, I did purchase it from Aleksandr at USSRovskyVintage. I also buy your definition of a travel set more than I buy my own, but couldn't resist posting it while viewing this thread!
Thank you, Robert. Yes, I did purchase it from Aleksandr at USSRovskyVintage. I also buy your definition of a travel set more than I buy my own, but couldn't resist posting it while viewing this thread.
When you said Kharkiv, I thought so. I've bought a couple of sets from him in the last year. The mail from anywhere in the former Eastern Bloc is slow, though, so don't get anxious. It'll get here eventually!
really nice sets...thanks y'all