Here's your chance to own a piece of chess history!
About the Tournament
The 2014 Sinquefield Cup is the first-ever Super GM tournament to be held in Saint Louis, and it will feature six of the best players on the planet including: GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Levon Aronian, GM Veselin Topolov, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Fabiano Caruana. It is a double round-robin tournament.
To commemorative this event, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis partnered with the House of Staunton to create a chess set worthy of the Sinquefield Cup Match. Rex Sinquefield, sponsor of the Sinquefied Cup, was an admirer (and proud owner) of the House of Staunton Imperial Collector Chessmen so it was decided that the Chessmen would be based upon our Imperial Collector pattern. Because the players would be playing on DGT Project Electronic Sensor Boards, it was decided that the Chessmen would need to feature a 3.75" King Height, allowing it to fully adhere to both USCF and FIDE tournament rules. And the Sinquefield Cup Commemorative Chessmen were born!
In cooperation with the Chess Club and Scholastic Chess Center of St. Louis, the House of Staunton is offering the 2014 Sinquefield Cup Commemorative Chessmen. It is a limited edition Chess set, with a total of only 25 units available, with each Chess set coming with hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity that was signed by each of the 6 players. Chess sets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis ; purchase quickly to insure yourself a low production number!
Here's your chance to own a piece of chess history, featuring four of the greatest players in the world, including World Champion Candidate and #1 Rated Magnus Carlsen.
NOTE - These are not DGT-Enabled Chess Sets. They are traditionally weighted Chess Sets.
Meet the Players
Rank and Name:
No. 1 - GM Magnus Carlsen
FIDE Ranking - 2877
Country - Norway
Age - 23
No. 2 - GM Levon Aronian
FIDE Ranking - 2805
Country - Armenia
Age - 31
No. 3 - GM Fabiano Caruana
FIDE Ranking - 2801
Country - Italy
Age - 22
No. 5 - GM Hikaru Nakamura
FIDE Ranking - 2787
Country - United States
Age - 26
No. 8 - GM Veselin Topalov
FIDE Ranking - 2772
Country - Bulgaria
Age - 39
No. 9 - GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
FIDE Ranking - 2768
Country - France
Age - 23
The event is a six-player, double round robin, that began on August 27th. The players compete for a $100,000 prize, and the right to hoist the coveted Sinquefield Cup.
About the Chessmen
"The Maestro has improved upon perfection by combining our legendary Collector Series Chessmen with the Imperial Knight, without a doubt one of the most finest Knight designs ever produced."
To pamper you, The House of Staunton is proud to offer the Collector Series Luxury Chess set. This full-tournament sized Chess set features, crafted out of the highest grade Natural Boxwood and Genuine Ebony, features a 3.75" King with a 1.7" 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 gold embossed English Leather base pads under the Kings that feature the Sinquefield Cup Logo, luxurious billiard cloth base pads on the other Chess pieces and a beautiful finish.
The Collector Series Luxury Chess set has been crafted to replicate the design and proportions of the original Staunton pattern Chessmen, registered by Nathaniel Cooke in March of 1849 and first manufactured by Jaques of London in September 1849. The distinctive feature of this set is the the open-mitered Bishop and original Knight design, which was originally sculpted by the Maestro, Frank A. Camaratta, Jr. With it's downturned head, flowing mane and aggressive facial expression. this is one of the finest Knights ever to grace the 64 square battlefield.
As with all of our Chessmen, the Imperial Collector Series Luxury Chess set exemplifies a perfect combination of distinct beauty and functionality. It has been designed to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining an elegance which 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 over 10 years ago.
The Chess Set comes with an original manufacturer's plaque indicating the production number, with an adhesive backing that would allow it to be affixed to the underside of a Chess box.
About the Chess Box
Each Chess Set comes packed in a House of Staunton Mahogany Premium Chess Box with the House of Staunton and Sinquefield Cup Logo name laser engraved on the lid.
About the Signed Certificate of Authenticity
Each Chess Set comes with a Certificate of Authenticity that was hand-signed by all six of the participants in the match - GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Veselin Topalov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and GM Levon Aronian. A sample of the certificate can be viewed above.
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