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Leading Buying Guide for Men Features the Set

Uncrate, the leading buyer's guide for men with over 9,000 items covered and more than 1.5 million monthly readers, features the set:

Approved by the World Chess Federation, the FIDE World Chess Championship Set will lend an extra air of legitimacy to your friendly matches. The set was designed by Pentagram vet Daniel Weil, and draws inspiration from both classical Greek architecture and the classic Staunton design. Handmade out of rosewood and maple, the matching board is the perfect base for the ebonized boxwood chessmen.

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Pentagram Features the Chess Set

The World Chess Championship begins today in Sochi. For the next 20 days, incumbent Magnus Carlsen of Norway, rated as the best player in history, and five-time World Champion Viswanthan Anand of India will be battling for the title.

The Match is being played over a maximum of twelve games, with the winner being the first to score 6.5 points or more. The match is seen as the last chance for Anand to recapture the title from 23-year old Carlsen, after losing to him in Chennai last year.

This is the second world championship that will be played with Daniel Weil’s World Chess set.

Throughout the Championship Pentagram will be sharing daily results on Twitter. Live coverage of the match can be found on FIDE’s website.

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Fast Company features FIDE World Chess Set

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Fast Company features FIDE World Chess Set

Daniel Weil, the Pentagram designer known for his thoughtful reinterpretations of everyday objects, believes that it’s time for a second renaissance. “It’s a participation sport, and millions of people play it,” he told Co.Design. “But at the top end, competitive players are simply extraordinary performers.”

World Chess Candidates Match in London, where the new chess set was unveiled. 

World Chess Candidates Match in London, where the new chess set was unveiled. 

Every performer needs a good stage, so at the request of the World Chess Federation, Weil undertook an overhaul of the Staunton set earlier this year. His contribution to the long line of chess sets debuted at the World Chess Candidates Tournament in London last week, which ended up being a historic and theatrical event (some even called the proceedings “bizarre”). Weil couldn’t be happier with the drama: according to him and his client, the biggest challenge with bringing people back to chess is conveying the excitement. “The biggest hurdle is in keeping it engaging, he says. “That’s the first step.”

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