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Friday, November 29, 2013

FIDE introduces Official Chess Set for Anand - Carlsen Chennai World Chess Championship 2013

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hello everyone,

FIDE introduced its first official 2013 World Chess Championship chess set. It was used during the Anand - Carlsen World Chess Championship match in Chennai. The set was designed by renowned design firm Pentagram. 

It is based on the classic Staunton design, first produced in 1849. Pentagram’s leading industrial designer Daniel Weil says: ‘When the initial Staunton set was produced there was great precision – since then a disrepair had set in. I had to unravel the rationale behind the original set.’

In the new Weil’s design, the pieces conform to the exact height of the Parthenon’s pediment. The FIDE World Chess Championship set pieces are individually carved and made out of rosewood and maple. The king’s height is 3.75”.

During the Championship match, the set was paired with the electronic DGT board. To learn more or to buy the set, please visit

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