Mordovian Latvian Soviet Reproduction Chess Pieces - Ebonized Boxwood - 4.15" King
These reproduction Mordovian chessmen come as a set of 34 with extra queens. This famous Soviet design was modeled after one of the favorite designs of "The Magician from Riga", Soviet Grandmaster Mikhail Tal – which is why the set is sometimes confusingly called the ‘Latvian’ set. This Cold War era style experienced renewed fame by its use in the Netflix mini-series, The Queen's Gambit, in the 7th episode where Beth faces off against Borgov.
These pieces have a unique form with slim sloping stems into a wide stable weighted base. The contrast to a traditional staunton design is both appealing and refreshing. No wonder it is one of the most popular Soviet Russian designs.
|King||4.15" (105mm)||1.7" (44mm)|
|Queen||3.3" (84mm)||1.6" (41mm)|
|Bishop||3.0" (76mm)||1.5" (38mm)|
|Knight||2.7" (68mm)||1.5" (38mm)|
|Rook||2.3" (58mm)||1.5" (38mm)|
|Pawn||1.8" (46mm)||1.3" (33mm)|
|Dark Pieces||Ebonized Boxwood|
|Recommended Square Size||2.16" to 2.36" (55mm to 60mm)|
|Weight||2.5 lbs (1140 grams)|