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SWmountie

I'm slowly getting back into chess after a LONG layoff.  I got my old tournament set out of storage and was surprised and bummed out that there weren't extra queens with it.  I bought the set around 2000 from the USCF, so I can't remember if I once had extra queens and somehow misplaced them or if the set didn't include them, which seems strange, because I thought that extra queens have always been standard for a tournament set.  After doing some digging online, I figured out that I have an original Fischer Ultimate set (long since discontinued) and that the current version (3rd gen.) is slightly bigger and also that the "white" pieces are a different shade and won't match.  So I have a couple of questions: Did this set not come with extra queens?  Is there somewhere that I could get some, or am I just out of luck?  

DesperateKingWalk
SWmountie wrote:

I'm slowly getting back into chess after a LONG layoff. I got my old tournament set out of storage and was surprised and bummed out that there weren't extra queens with it. I bought the set around 2000 from the USCF, so I can't remember if I once had extra queens and somehow misplaced them or if the set didn't include them, which seems strange, because I thought that extra queens have always been standard for a tournament set. After doing some digging online, I figured out that I have an original Fischer Ultimate set (long since discontinued) and that the current version (3rd gen.) is slightly bigger and also that the "white" pieces are a different shade and won't match. So I have a couple of questions: Did this set not come with extra queens? Is there somewhere that I could get some, or am I just out of luck?

I just covered this in another thread.

The set did not come with extra queens. One way to get extra queens is to buy another original set on Ebay. They are still sold there in new condition from unsold backstock price $125.

SWmountie

Thanks for the reply. I found the other thread you mentioned. I see that I'm in the same situation as Michael_C_Smith from that other thread, and, like him, I'm not willing to drop $125 on another set just to get a couple of extra queens. Before I did that, I'd get the Chess for Blitz set with extra queens for $115. Seems kind of strange that the original Ultimate Fischer set didn't come with extra queens. Like I said before, I thought it was standard practice for a tournament set to include them, and it's annoying that the original version didn't. What makes it even more irksome is that current version DOES come with extra queens.

BigLew
Sets didn’t include extra queens until the late 1990’s. I have an original ultimate set too. It did not have extras.
HOS started that practice. With the rise of the Internet, other brands eventually caught on and kept up to be competitive. Now days extra queens are common place, but that at wasn’t the case back in the twentieth century. We used just turn a captured rook upside down or pulled a quarter out of our pocket and placed it on the board if we promoted a pawn while still retaining our original queen.

If you extra queens you could always just buy a couple from the cheap club set, for a few dollars at Chess House, they sell spares. They won’t match, but you won’t need them in every game, and in the games you do it will only be for a few more moves in the end game.

I have an old Drueke set too that I would love to have extra queens for.
DesperateKingWalk

The bottom line is just buy the version 3 chess set of the Ultimate Chess Pieces. It comes with extra queens. And I enjoy playing on my version 3 chess set, over the original version. It is just a nicer, and a bit bigger chess set.