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Havana 1966 Olympiad Chessmen

Official Staunton

£249.00 GBP 


A superb reproduction set of The Havana 1966 chess tournament chess set. ( actual images below) A fine  Antique and Ebonised set of Chessmen. Beautifully hand carved turned and polished set of chess pieces.


Among the strongest and most famous Chess Olympiads ever was held in Havana in 1966. Among those representing their nations were World Champions Petrosian, Tal, Fischer, and Spassky, as well as legendary Grandmasters Stein, Korchnoi, Portisch, Najdorf, Larsen, Hort, Uhlmann, Pachman, Benko, Szabo, Panno, and Pomar. The land of Capablanca hosted a chess extravaganza seldom, if ever matched. “The whole country is a chessboard,” wrote a Cuban paper. Just for the event the Cuban hosts had special sets and tables made. Inspired by traditional Jaques pattern sets, the 1966 Havana set, in the words of one authority, was a “magnificent beauty, of a perfect balance of chess pieces like few in the History of Chess.”

At the close of the Olympiad, the sets, boards, and tables were awarded to the participants. Few have survived intact, and they are incredibly rare. With the help of chess collector Chuck Grau, we are happy to offer our exacting reproduction of this magnificent set.


Chessboard not included

Height of Sovereign
3.78 Inch
1.75 Inch
Weight of Sovereign
84  grams
Materials Used
Antiqued Boxwood / Ebonised
How many Queens?

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