We were fortunate to get some photos of an old Soviet made chess set thanks to our good friend Mushfig Habilov who brought the set to Nairobi Chess Club recently.
An interesting observation is that the White Queen has a small black top while the Black Queen has a small white top.
Mushfig (who is affectionately called “Misha”) was born in Azerbaijan and now lives in Nairobi. He is the active and hard working Director of Play at Nairobi Chess Club which is the oldest chess club in Kenya having been registered on 26th February 1958.
The plastic set was manufactured in the USSR probably sometime in the late 1970.
The folding chess board is made of cardboard and the set comes with a red plastic container to store the pieces.
At the back of the board the cost is shown as 40 Kopek. You can do the maths – 100 Kopek = 1 Russian Ruble while 1 USD = 60 Russian Rubles.