Chess art at the Swiss Championship

by Albert Silver
10/8/2014 – In the recently held Swiss Championship, a wide variety of activities, events, and exhibits were held in honor of the Swiss Chess Federation's 125h anniversary, a milestone in organized chess. One of these was an art exhibit related to chess, with original chess sets of all kinds as well as numerous humorous drawings and paintings. Peruse this fun pictorial.

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A fitting tribute to its Indian origins

The artwork reminds one of the Fischer Price figures of yore

Certainly one of the most ambitious sets, presented very much like a Fabergé egg

Here is a close-up of the chess set showing the fine detail

Here the pieces reflect the Middle Ages, with lovely detail in the shadows

A bishop? With a scimitar?

A fun colorful set

Here is the opposite color with its own style

Without question one of the more intriguing sets

A detail of the pieces

No doubt this is a metaphor for something. Readers are invited to give
their opinion in the discussion below.

Might be a tough set to play on....

A fascinating set in which the white pieces are all remniscent of cubes...

...while the black pieces are all spheric.

This would go a long way in explaining why chess became so popular

The Indian Defense

The Sicilian Defense

The French Defense

A chess simul

Once more, the readers are invited to give this picture a suitable title
in the reader comments below

Photos by Georg Kradolfer


Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications, and the content creator of the YouTube channel, Chess & Tech.

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