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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fascinating story of a chess collector

Chess News and Chess Trivia Blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Hi Everybody,

This is the story of a husband and wife who love collecting chess sets!

In the fall of 1977, George Dean, a Detroit doctor and chess set collector, received a call from a man with a thick Russian accent offering to sell a set made by the legendary jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé. Dr. Dean knew that Fabergé had made a set in 1905, but the one offered for sale was supposedly made in 1915!

The story of the acquisition of the Fabergé sets is the riveting prologue of a hard-cover art book published this month by Abrams. “Chess Masterpieces: One Thousand Years of Extraordinary Chess Sets” is written by Dr. Dean along with Maxine Brady.

You can read all about this fascinating book and more at the New York Times Chess Blog here.


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