First-Ever Chess Map

by ChessBase
11/7/2023 – World Chess has announced the release of the first-ever chess map of the world, one that blends the intricate worlds of chess and geography. This unique cartographic creation, where continents and places are crafted from chess openings with geographical names, promises to be a collector's delight.

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The island of Sicily, for instance, is artfully represented by the Sicilian Defense, an opening that has long fascinated grandmasters and novices alike. From the English Opening to the Scandinavian Defense, every geographical reference in the world of chess finds its rightful place on this map. The map features over 150 chess openings, ranging from the Latvian Gambit to German Defense of the Polish Sokolsky Opening.

"We wanted to create something that resonated with both chess enthusiasts and lovers of unique design," says Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess. "This map shows chess’ deep-rooted connections to various cultures and places. It's a piece that invites exploration, both of the world and of the game. It’s also a design marvel and one of the most beautiful maps I’ve ever seen," adds Merenzon.

The map will likely become a staple in chess clubs and in chess collectors’ homes. Printed on premium-quality paper with intricate detailing, the map is perfect for framing and would make a sophisticated addition to any study, library, or living space. It's a celebration of the game's universal charm and its ability to bridge continents and cultures.

The World Chess Openings Map was designed by Yuri Gordon for World Chess, Kings Game, and Letterhead Studio. It took in one year to complete. Click to enlarge.

The limited edition of the map is printed in Berlin on museum-quality Hahnemühle paper, one of the oldest paper-mills in the world. The chess map is now available for purchase through World Chess's official website for €150. You can order it here. Size of the print: 50 x 70 cm. It will arrive unframed in an art-quality tube. Each map in the first limited edition is numbered and signed in pencil. Laid paper is light cream color, weight 350gm.

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