Russia  (Other European)

Russia. I have listed these sets in order of age, more or less. The list starts with a lesser known Carbolite chess set from a factory that used to make Carbolite (kind of Bakelite). The company still exists today. The set has hollow pieces, which are filled with sand (or so) to make them heavier. Note that the pictures of the box are copied from the internet.

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  • Russia, by Carbolite company
  • 1940-1950
  • Carbolite (russian bakelite) K 6.8; p 4.0

Russia. The plastic let me think of the Carbolite set above. and the pieces are made in moulds as well. However, this time very clever in sections of which only the king's cross and knight's head do have seems. The form of the pieces, although not Russian tournament but Staunton, looks a bit Russian as well. So I have put it here at Russia, although it was bought in a Dutch recycle shop.

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  • Russia? "Staunton"
  • mid 20th century (pre WWII?)
  • Plastic (Carbolite?) pieces K 7.0; p 3.6
  • Box 15.7×11.7×5.3

Russia. The small travel set is most likely a tourist souvenir from Leningrad. Cannot say much about it, but it is from Russian Federation of about 1955. Date based on comparable sets offered on ebay and etsy by Russian sellers. Once offered as being 1970. This set has extra pieces, but misses a black pawn at the end.

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  • Russia, Leningrad
  • ca. 1955
  • Plastic K 1.4; p 1.1
  • Box 12.5×10.1×2.9
  • Board 8.7×8.9

Russia. Here you see three "Russian tournament" sets. One is most likely a pre WW2 (or just after?) set and the 2nd a cheap recent version. The 3rd is an amusing propaganda version with politicians. Just look at the pawns and try to identify them all!

Characteristic are the finials, often in opposite colour, on the Kings and Queens, which are also very similar in shape, the Bishops without incision, fat pawns and wide bases.

Another "Russian tournament" style chess set can be found on the Unknown page.

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  • Russia, "Russian tournament"
  • ca. 1940
  • Wood K 10.0; p 5.1
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  • Russia, "Russian tournament"
  • Mid to late 20th century
  • Wood K 6.6; p 3.6
  • Box/Board 34.0×17.2×4.9
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  • Russia, "Russian tournament", politic faces
  • 1987
  • Wood K 7.4; p 4.4

Russia. I have added the "Matrioska" set, although you may argue it is more a decorative set. But you can play very well with it. The shape is not only based on the so called Matrioska dolls, but the set is actually named that way as the pamphlet tells us. Sorry, I have no picture of that pamphlet (yet).

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  • Russia, "Matrioska"
  • 1997
  • Birch K 10.8; p 5.8

Russia. The last in this list is a "Barleycorn" based set by the Chess Sets Gallery, Moscow. The design is by Oleg Rakis, who was inspired by the Barleycorn sets.

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  • Russia, Moscow, by Chess Sets Gallery, "Barleycorn"
  • 2005
  • Pear K 13.0; p 5.2
  • Cassette/board 45.5×45.5×7.3
  • Design by Oleg Raikis, inspired by the Barleycorn type