Spassky Fischer 1972 World Championship chess set by Geoffrey Parker

On the 11th July 1972, with a presidential crisis stirring in the United States and the Cold War at a pivotal point, two men – Boris Vasilievich Spassky, the (refreshingly un-Soviet) Soviet World Chess Champion and Robert J. Fischer, his American challenger, sat down opposite each other in a Reykjavik sports hall to contest what was to be the most documented and notorious chess match of all time. Over the next two months, Spassky, a chess playing machine that had returned the title to the Kremlin for years and Fischer, a twenty-nine year-old goofy and egocentric loner from Brooklyn, riveted the chess and non-chess playing world as they vied not only for the ultimate prize in chess but for intellectual hegemony of their respective political systems*.

This limited edition piece, made by the very same workshops that supplied the original, is a special facsimile of the set over which Spassky and Fischer so epicly battled. It comprises ebony and boxwood Jaques of London Staunton chessmen each trimmed in Sterling silver-gilt and engraved with the legend: ‘Jaques London 1848 Spassky and Fisher 1972’ – together with Howard Staunton’s signature. This engraving is repeated on the inlay of the frame of the board together with an engraved disc advising the number of the edition. This numbered engraving is repeated on each of the two leather-bound, suede-lined book-boxes that contain the set.

Created exclusively for 20ltd.com, only 20 editions will ever be made.

*The dramatic story of the match and its result is brilliantly told in David Edmonds & John Eidinow’s 2004 Bobby Fischer Goes To War published by Harper Collins.

  • No. of editions: 20
  • Delivery time: Immediate
  • Price: £12,930.00
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