“Austrian Upright”  (Austria)

Austria. The archetype of the "Austrian Upright" is the Schlechter-Lasker (or Lasker-Schlechter!) chess set. The 1st set listed here is identical to the set used in the match. The 2nd set is a nice derivative. It is not known where these derived sets were made. Although they crop up in Austria, some say that they do not originate there. Also that they are not made in Czechia, and unlikely in Hungary. That would leave Russia as origin. However, the original Schlechter-Lasker set was most likely made in Vienna by a joinery of Hungarian turners. Also Nicholas Lanier says that the sets originate in Austria - not the minimal Austria of today, but the larger Austria of the days of the Habsburg Empire!

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  • Austria/Czech? "Austrian Upright", "Lasker-Schlechter set"
  • ca. 1910
  • Wood K 12.0; p 5.2
  • Box 21.9×21.6×9.3
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  • Austria/Russia? "Austrian Upright"
  • ca. 1910
  • Boxwood? K 12.2; p 5.5

Original Schlechter-Lasker chess set and table. Georg Marco, organizer of the Rothschild sponsored Wiener Schachclub, ordered a special chess table with good chessmen from a reputable joinery and turnery which seems to have been named Faludy or Kisfaludy, Hungarian names quite current in Vienna then as now. This is the famous Schlechter-Lasker chess set and table, which has survived two World Wars and provides the best known specimen of the Austrian Uprights.