Zagreb Chess Pieces - 2.5" King

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In the 1950s and 1960s the Zagreb Chess Set was one of the most popular chess sets used at major international chess tournaments, most notably the World Championship Candidates Match that was held in Bied, Zagreb in 1959. Thus, you may often see this set called the Zagreb '59. (Zagreb is now the capital of Croatia.)

This beautiful reproduction set comes with two queens of each color. The queens and bishops have a contrasting color ball on top and the king has a contrasting crown. The knight is a most interesting piece. Patterned after a Russian knight, he has his head down, a closed mouth, a dramatically carved head, and thin curved neck above his thick chest.

As with all wood pieces, sets many have variations in colors of grain within a set.  These pieces are weighted. The smaller pieces contain lighter weights, while larger pieces have heavier weights. Featured in this set:

  • Beautiful historic pieces
  • Extra Queens
  • Contrast tops on several pieces
  • Distinctive knight
  • Beautiful distinctively grained wood pieces
  • Available in Sheesham, Ebonized Hardwood, or Rosewood (+ $10)
  • 2 1/2" King Height
  • 1 1/8" King Base
  • 16g King Weight
  • For Chess Boards with 1 1/4" to 1 5/8" Squares
  • Set weighs about 1 pound
Limited Warranty provided by the manufacturer.


  • 3
    too small - bad exchange policy

    Posted by ruth jennings on 1st Dec 2014

    The pieces, while beautiful, are quite small. I received the pieces in the mail after ordering the 2.5" based on another review which stated that the 2.5" was better for a 14" board. When I opened them, I realized that the 3" would be a much better fit for my board. I called and asked if I could exchange them, but I was told that I would need to pay for shipping back AND pay for the shipping to me (which was initially free). While these pieces are beautiful - there must be a source with better customer service. Keep looking!