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                    [description] => <h2>The Zagreb '59 Series Chess Pieces - 3.875" King</h2>
<em>"With a distinctly European flair and styling, a stunning reproduction of one of the most popular chess sets used in the major international Chess tournaments during the 1950s and 1960s."</em>

[caption id="attachment_2719317" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<a href="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/The-Zagreb-59-Series-3.875-King-Tasmanian-Blackwood.png"><img class="wp-image-2719317 size-medium" title="The Zagreb '59 Series - 3.875&quot; King - Tasmanian Blackwood" src="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/The-Zagreb-59-Series-3.875-King-Tasmanian-Blackwood-600x228.png" alt="The Zagreb '59 Series Chess Pieces - 3.875&quot; King - Tasmanian Blackwood" width="600" height="228" data-wp-pid="2719317" /></a> The Zagreb '59 Series Chess Pieces - 3.875" King - Tasmanian Blackwood[/caption]

The House of Staunton is proud to offer the Zagreb '59 Series Chess set. A full tournament-sized Chess set, it features a 3.875" King with a 1.75" diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods.

The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with luxurious billiard cloth base pads and a beautiful finish.

The design of the Zagreb '59 Chess set is an adaptation of the most popular Chess set used at major international Chess tournaments throughout the 1950s and 1960s, most notably the World Championship Candidates Match that was held in Bied, Zagreb in 1959.

The House of Staunton has taken several minor improvements to the design of the Chess set, including the ability to replace the ball finial (cross) atop the King with the more recognizable Formée cross to conform to modern Western tournament praxis.

[caption id="attachment_2719315" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<a href="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/The-Zagreb-59-Series-3.875-King-Genuine-Ebony.png"><img class="wp-image-2719315 size-medium" title="The Zagreb 59 Series 3.875 King Genuine Ebony" src="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/The-Zagreb-59-Series-3.875-King-Genuine-Ebony-600x229.png" alt="The Zagreb 59 Series Chess Pieces - 3.875&quot; King - Genuine Ebony" width="600" height="229" data-wp-pid="2719315" /></a> The Zagreb '59 Series - 3.875" King - Genuine Ebony[/caption]

The Chess set comes with both styles of King finials (crosses) that are easily removable, allowing its owner to option to change between both styles.

The Chess set has been designed to withstand years of use (and abuse), as it lacks many of the ornate details commonly found on Chess Sets that can be susceptible to damage in the heat of battle.

For example, the Chess set features reinforced Pawn collars, stylized Knights and minimal Queen crenellations for unmatched durability.

The Zagreb '59 Series Chess set is ideal for those that are interested in both the historical importance of the game of Chess, as well as those looking for an attractive Chess set that is both economical and durable.

[caption id="attachment_2719313" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<a href="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/The-Zagreb-59-Series-3.875-King-Blood-Rosewood.png"><img class="wp-image-2719313 size-medium" title="The Zagreb '59 Series - 3.875&quot; King - Blood Rosewood" src="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/The-Zagreb-59-Series-3.875-King-Blood-Rosewood-600x229.png" alt="The Zagreb 59 Series Chess Pieces - 3.875&quot; King - Blood Rosewood" width="600" height="229" data-wp-pid="2719313" /></a> The Zagreb '59 Series - 3.875" King - Blood Rosewood[/caption]

As with all of our Chess sets, the Zagreb '59 Series Chessmen exemplifies a perfect combination of distinct beauty and functionality.

It has been designed to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining an elegance that has become the hallmark of a House of Staunton chess set.

The design, quality and craftsmanship of this set is UNMATCHED by any set of Chessmen in its price range. Nothing even comes close!

The Chessmen are new and each set consists of 34 Chessmen, including four Queens, a standard that was introduced by The House of Staunton in 1993.
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<h3>History of the Chess Pieces</h3>
[caption id="attachment_2719322" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/FISCHER-TAL-PETROSIAN.jpg"><img class="wp-image-2719322 size-full" title="FISCHER TAL PETROSIAN" src="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/FISCHER-TAL-PETROSIAN.jpg" alt="Fischer, Tal and Petrosian - 1959 World Chess Champions" width="300" height="284" data-wp-pid="2719322" /></a> Fischer, Tal and Petrosian - 1959 World Chess Champions[/caption]

From September 6 to October 31 of 1959, eight of the world's strongest Grandmasters competed in a powerful quadruple Round-Robin Tournament, played in Bled, Zagreb and Belgrade, Yugoslavia, to determine the challenger for the crown of World Chess Champion currently held by Soviet Grandmaster Mikhail Botvinnik.

The participants of the tournament were Mikhail Tal, Paul Keres, Tigran Petrosian, Vasily Smyslov, Svetozar Gligoria, Frederik Olafsson, Pal Benko and a 16-year old American named Robert James "Bobby" Fischer. This prestigious list includes 4 World Chess Champions.

Tal showed superior form by winning with 20/28 points, ahead of Paul Keres with 18.5, followed by Tigran Petrosian, Vasily Smyslov, Bobby Fischer, Svetozar Gligoria, Frederik Olafsson, and Pal Benko.

Tal's victory was much attributed to his dominance over the lower half of the field; whilst scoring only +1 -3 vs Keres, he won all four individual games against Fischer, and took 3 3/4 from Gligoria, Olafsson, and Benko.

Although Bobby Fischer failed to win the Candidates Tournament, he finished a respectable fifth place and established himself as a legitimate contender for the World Chess Championship.
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The Zagreb ’59 Series Chess Pieces – 3.875″ King

“With a distinctly European flair and styling, a stunning reproduction of one of the most popular chess sets used in the major international Chess tournaments during the 1950s and 1960s.”

The Zagreb '59 Series Chess Pieces - 3.875" King - Tasmanian Blackwood
The Zagreb ’59 Series Chess Pieces – 3.875″ King – Tasmanian Blackwood

The House of Staunton is proud to offer the Zagreb ’59 Series Chess set. A full tournament-sized Chess set, it features a 3.875″ King with a 1.75″ diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods.

The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with luxurious billiard cloth base pads and a beautiful finish.

The design of the Zagreb ’59 Chess set is an adaptation of the most popular Chess set used at major international Chess tournaments throughout the 1950s and 1960s, most notably the World Championship Candidates Match that was held in Bied, Zagreb in 1959.

The House of Staunton has taken several minor improvements to the design of the Chess set, including the ability to replace the ball finial (cross) atop the King with the more recognizable Formée cross to conform to modern Western tournament praxis.

The Zagreb 59 Series Chess Pieces - 3.875" King - Genuine Ebony
The Zagreb ’59 Series – 3.875″ King – Genuine Ebony

The Chess set comes with both styles of King finials (crosses) that are easily removable, allowing its owner to option to change between both styles.

The Chess set has been designed to withstand years of use (and abuse), as it lacks many of the ornate details commonly found on Chess Sets that can be susceptible to damage in the heat of battle.

For example, the Chess set features reinforced Pawn collars, stylized Knights and minimal Queen crenellations for unmatched durability.

The Zagreb ’59 Series Chess set is ideal for those that are interested in both the historical importance of the game of Chess, as well as those looking for an attractive Chess set that is both economical and durable.

The Zagreb 59 Series Chess Pieces - 3.875" King - Blood Rosewood
The Zagreb ’59 Series – 3.875″ King – Blood Rosewood

As with all of our Chess sets, the Zagreb ’59 Series Chessmen exemplifies a perfect combination of distinct beauty and functionality.

It has been designed to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining an elegance that has become the hallmark of a House of Staunton chess set.

The design, quality and craftsmanship of this set is UNMATCHED by any set of Chessmen in its price range. Nothing even comes close!

The Chessmen are new and each set consists of 34 Chessmen, including four Queens, a standard that was introduced by The House of Staunton in 1993.

History of the Chess Pieces

Fischer, Tal and Petrosian - 1959 World Chess Champions
Fischer, Tal and Petrosian – 1959 World Chess Champions

From September 6 to October 31 of 1959, eight of the world’s strongest Grandmasters competed in a powerful quadruple Round-Robin Tournament, played in Bled, Zagreb and Belgrade, Yugoslavia, to determine the challenger for the crown of World Chess Champion currently held by Soviet Grandmaster Mikhail Botvinnik.

The participants of the tournament were Mikhail Tal, Paul Keres, Tigran Petrosian, Vasily Smyslov, Svetozar Gligoria, Frederik Olafsson, Pal Benko and a 16-year old American named Robert James “Bobby” Fischer. This prestigious list includes 4 World Chess Champions.

Tal showed superior form by winning with 20/28 points, ahead of Paul Keres with 18.5, followed by Tigran Petrosian, Vasily Smyslov, Bobby Fischer, Svetozar Gligoria, Frederik Olafsson, and Pal Benko.

Tal’s victory was much attributed to his dominance over the lower half of the field; whilst scoring only +1 -3 vs Keres, he won all four individual games against Fischer, and took 3 3/4 from Gligoria, Olafsson, and Benko.

Although Bobby Fischer failed to win the Candidates Tournament, he finished a respectable fifth place and established himself as a legitimate contender for the World Chess Championship.


Additional information

Chess Board Included?

The Chess Board featured is for photographic purposes only and must be purchased separately

Manufacturer

The House of Staunton

Fitted Coffer Compatible?

Too Small for Coffer

King Height

3.875'' inch / 9.84 cm

King Base Diameter

1.75'' inch / 4.44 cm

Basepad Material

Billiard Cloth

Google

Yes

Median Set Weight

47 ounces (1.30 kg)

Total Number of Pieces

34 Chess Pieces, including 2 Additional Queens (for Pawn Promotion)