Original Sinquefield Cup Commemorative Chessmen.
Offered here are the Original Sinquefield Cup Commemorative Chessmen. They were produced as part of the cutting for the pieces used in the first Sinquefield Cup Tournament held in St. Louis in 2013. The chess pieces are part of the Collector Series and are fabricated from Boxwood and Gaboon Ebony. The King stands 3-7/8″ tall with a 1-7/8″ diameter base. The chess pieces are heavily weighted and rest atop green English baize pads. This set is the tournament-size version of the Imperial Collector Chessmen designed and used exclusively in the World-Famous Sinquefield Cup Tournaments and U.S. Invitational Championships. The Chess pieces are housed in the Premium box shown. The pieces are not DGT enabled.
The actual sets used in these tournaments were DGT-enabled and were the first DGT sets to be weighted using a process patented by us. The Original Sinquefield Cup Commemorative Chessmen were produced by and sold exclusively through Frank Camaratta and The House of Staunton. They are no longer produced. The original Collector Series Chessmen were designed in 1996 and copyrighted by Frank Camaratta. These chess pieces play and display best on a chessboard with either 2-1/4″ or 2-3/8″: squares. The chessboard shown is not included. If you are in the market for a chessboard, our extensive selection of antique and modern chessboards can be found here.
More background and information of the Sinquefield Cup and the tournament winners can be found here. The House of Staunton was founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1999. When building the House of Staunton, our vision was to create a set of chessmen that captured the feel and exquisite old-World craftsmanship found in those early Jaques Staunton pattern chess sets. In line with that pursuit, we concentrated on recreating the masterful workmanship of the Bishops and the Knights which were derived from the noble steeds whose visages are captured in the Parthenon frieze (expropriated in 1806 by Thomas Bruce, 7th Lord of Elgin and since referred to as the Elgin Marbles). We also wanted to retain the graceful proportional relationship among the pieces and Pawns. We hope we have been somewhat successful in that pursuit.