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Mordovian Latvian Soviet Reproduction Chess Pieces - Ebonized Boxwood - 4.15" King

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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.


 Piece Height Base
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
Light Pieces


Recommended Square Size 2.16" to 2.36" (55mm to 60mm)
Weight 2.5 lbs (1140 grams)
Extra Queens YES

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