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“Baku” Pieces from Leningrad Region’s Artel Drevprom

Collectors of Soviet chess sets are familiar with the pieces that have come to have been known as “Baku” chessmen so-named by Western collectors because the photographic record establishes that they were used in the 1961 Soviet Championship held in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR. The name raised eyebrows among collectors in the former SSRs, who typically refer to otherwise unnamed sets by where they were produced, because they understood the pieces…

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Another Vsekokhudozhnik Upright Specimen Emerges

Another example of a Vsekokhudozhnik Upright recently sold on EBay.UK, collector Vikhram Ravi reports. The specimen was of the rarer 3.75” king variety, and was complete with its original box, Artel stamps, and a retail label. Here are the photos posted by the seller, bovkey109. The Vsekokhudozhnik stamp, Chess No. 4, likely denoting the size of the set. The significance of this artel is discussed here. According to St. Petersburg…

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