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    The Havana 1966 Commemorative Series Chess Pieces - 3.875" King

    Product Code: MENWHAV3875-P

     

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    "An exquisite reproduction of the chessmen that were featured at the 17th Chess Olympiad in Havana, Cuba in 1966. At the conclusion of the event, the pieces were presented to the participants of the legendary event, which included World Champions including Fischer (USA) and Tal (Russia)."

    The House of Staunton is proud to offer the Havana 1966 Commemorative Series Chess pieces. 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 antiqued boxwood finish.

    As with all of our Chess sets, the Havana 1966 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 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 in 1993.



    History of the Chess Pieces

    Havana 1966


    The 17th Chess Olympiad, organized by FIDE and comprising an open team tournament, as well as several other events designed to promote the game of chess, took place between October 23 and November 20, 1966, in Havana, Cuba. The Time control was 40 moves in 2 hours 30 minutes, then 1 hour for each next 16 moves.


    The Soviet team with 6 GMs, led by world champion Petrosian, lived up to expectations scored 39-1/2 points and won their eighth consecutive gold medals, with the United States (34-1/2) and Hungary (33-1/2) taking the silver and bronze, respectively. The Unites States team consisted of Robert J. Fischer, Robert Byrne, Pal Benko, Larry Evans, William Addison, and Nicholas Rossolimo.





    The chessmen used in that illustrious event were produced by local craftsmen. They were based on the popular 1900 Jaques Marshall design. Chess Sets in custom-made boxes were presented to each of the participants, as well as the team captains, the Arbiter and Chief TD. Shown above is the actual set and box given to Michael Freeman of Scotland.


    The House of Staunton has accurately reproduced this legendary set of chessmen, the Havana 1966. The King stands 3-7/8” tall with a 1-3/4” base. The original chessmen were natural and Black Lacquered Boxwood.  The reproductions are available in the same finish as the originals, as well as antiqued and black stained Boxwood as well as the more traditional Boxwood and Ebony. Unlike similarly named sets offered by other dealers, these are the only accurate reproductions currently on the market. The 17th Olympiad is now just a memory - but it was one of the finest in the whole series of Chess Olympiads. These Havana 1966 reproduction chessmen are a fitting tribute to that memorable event.


    The 17th Chess Olympiad

    The event was held from October 23 through November 20, 1966. The event was held at the Havana Libre Hotel in Havana Cuba. Fidel Castro, an avid chess fan, was the Organizer. Mr. José Luis Barreras was the Tournament Director and Jaroslav Šajtar was the Arbiter. The event drew 52 teams and 299 players, including 38 Grandmasters and 45 International Masters.

    A few million dollars was budgeted for the event and more than 1,000 technical staff were at disposal of the players during the Olympiad. West Germany boycotted the Havana Olympiad for political reasons while USA, attended.

    USSR left Botvinnik, Smyslov and Keres home, while the USA team was missing Reshevsky. Robert Fischer played first board and was joined by with Robert Byrne, Pal Benko and Larry Evans. Yugoslavia fielded six Grandmasters, while Czechoslovakia and Hungary Fielded four each.

    The Soviet team won the Championship for the eighth time. Three of the Soviet players also won Board prizes. The second place achieved by the United States was primarily due to Fischer, who had an incredible tournament, scoring 15-2 with only one loss! Unfortunately, Petrosian scored 11.5-1.5 to out-score Fischer for First Board prize (88.5% vs. 88.2%).

     

     

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    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
    Recommended Chess Board Size 2.25" inch / 5.7 cm, 2.375" inch / 6.0 cm
    Basepad Material Billiard Cloth
    Median Set Weight 57.2 Ounces
    Total Number of Pieces 34 Chess Pieces, including 2 Additional Queens (for Pawn Promotion)
    UPC Does not apply