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The official FIDE 2013 World Championship set

Post by sje » Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:14 am

At UK£200 (ca. US$350), here's an advertisement for the Official FIDE 2013 World Championship chess set:

http://www.sac-games.com/product.php?id_product=164
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This is perhaps the most minimalist Staunton design implementation I've seen. If a process control engineer were to design a set to be manufactured with the least number of cuttings, it might look something like the above.

The reviews I've read are mixed. Interestingly, the objections are more focused on the price rather than the appearance.

De gustibus non est disputandum. My own thought is that FIDE should probably not be in the business of product endorsement.

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Re: The official FIDE 2013 World Championship set

Post by Henk » Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:36 am

What does FIDE use for blindfold chess games ?

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Re: The official FIDE 2013 World Championship set

Post by Vinvin » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:24 am

Henk wrote:What does FIDE use for blindfold chess games ?
10 cubic centimeters of air, FIDE special prize : US$120

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Re: The official FIDE 2013 World Championship set

Post by JBNielsen » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:52 am

In my old dos-version of Dabbaba I had a minimalist design:

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By the way; I sometimes wonder why rooks are so small.... They are more valueable than knights and bishops....

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Re: The official FIDE 2013 World Championship set

Post by Sean Evans » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:49 am

Thanks for the link. May I ask what made FIDE decide on this particular chess set as their 2013 stand out? Quality, Price, Sponsorship? The King is unusual!

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Re: The official FIDE 2013 World Championship set

Post by pocopito » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:11 pm

Probably it's due to the B&W pictures, but I always liked a lot the set from the 1993 match between Short and Timman:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PhPl27EVI28/U ... ort.93.jpg

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Re: The official FIDE 2013 World Championship set

Post by Dr.Wael Deeb » Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:48 pm

FIDE Approved :lol:

As it's some kind of medicine or something :wink:
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Re: The official FIDE 2013 World Championship set

Post by sje » Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:34 pm

Dr.Wael Deeb wrote:FIDE Approved :lol:

As it's some kind of medicine or something :wink:
Gens una sumus = "Give me the money"

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Re: The official FIDE 2013 World Championship set

Post by Dr.Wael Deeb » Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:11 pm

sje wrote:
Dr.Wael Deeb wrote:FIDE Approved :lol:

As it's some kind of medicine or something :wink:
Gens una sumus = "Give me the money"
Indeed the case :lol:
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Re: The official FIDE 2013 World Championship set

Post by Albert Silver » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:36 pm

sje wrote:At UK£200 (ca. US$350), here's an advertisement for the Official FIDE 2013 World Championship chess set:

http://www.sac-games.com/product.php?id_product=164
Image
This is perhaps the most minimalist Staunton design implementation I've seen. If a process control engineer were to design a set to be manufactured with the least number of cuttings, it might look something like the above.

The reviews I've read are mixed. Interestingly, the objections are more focused on the price rather than the appearance.

De gustibus non est disputandum. My own thought is that FIDE should probably not be in the business of product endorsement.
Personally, I think the idea of FIDE competing with commercial companies is a bad one. They should be trying to stimulate business and not trying to own it.

As to the set, I think it looks pretty dreadful for $350. It is funny, since there have been many truly spectacular sets over the years in World Championships, and usually the players were the ones with the final say. Somehow, I get the feeling that was not the case here.

Frankly, most of the sets running for $90 - $150 by House of Staunton look better.
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