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:
I bought the Zagreb Set in the “ebonized” color. It goes well with a natural wood board with 2” - 2-1/4” squares. The pieces are solid and nicely weighted. This is a very practical and attractive players’ set. A slight gripe would be that the nights are a bit blocky i.e. squared faces when viewded face on. Over all this a very nice set especially at the sale price!
These arrived in great shape, and two days earlier than the original estimated delivery date. They were packed securely. I am really impressed with these pieces. They have a solid, hefty (even the pawns), quality feel, and they look terrific. Frankly, they're even nicer than I thought they would be! The 3.75 inch king size (1 1/2 inch base, give or take a tiny bit) is perfect for a board with 2-inch squares. The ebonized pieces are actually an extremely dark brown (as real ebony generally would be). They are nicely polished, but not overly glossy. One small comment on that: the inner part of the tops of the rooks weren't polished. It doesn't matter at all on the ebonized pieces. It's really no big deal on the natural pieces, either, but to be extra fussy, I cured that with a tiny bit of neutral shoe polish. I really like the look of the pieces, especially the big chunky Russian-style knights. If you like the Zagreb style, you should love these.
I liked the Rosewood Zagreb chess pieces so much I bought two sets of them so that I would always have at least one complete set. First set was perfect with no major or minor defects. Second set had one major defect in the form of a large blister on the bottom of a boxwood pawn. Wholesale Chess replaced the defective pawn without requiring the return of the defective pawn. Very surprised at that. Replacement arrived in only a few days. Both sets are now perfect. Very little of machine marks are visible on the Rosewood pieces. Pay the extra for the Rosewood pieces. They are spectacular and are worth the difference. The Rosewood pieces are too good to take to a chess club.
I purchased the rosewood pieces with the 3.75 inch king, waited impatiently for them to arrive and I was not disappointed. They are beautiful. The order arrived in two boxes, one for the dark and one for the light. Altogether, this was a nice heavy package. Each piece was individually wrapped in bubble wrap. I checked each piece and none had any scratches or other issues issues (except the rooks). I couldn't really see any machine marks, although I didn't use a magnifier.
The only small deficiency is on the rooks. Three of the four had some wood left over where the top was cut. I'm sure I can remove that easily enough with an exacto knife.
The weight is very nice and the pieces feel great. They could be a bit heavier but only a bit and I would not say they are light. These are perfect on my wood board with 2 inch squares. A great edition to my living room.
If I could I would have rated this 4.5 stars only because of the rooks, but I think 4 is too low so I went with 5.
I bought this set for $49 with a Thursday deal and a 10% off coupon. The set was an exceptional value at that price. The workmanship, finish and weighting are excellent. The sheesham pieces are all of similar color and grain. The packing and service were great - WSC quickly replaced a slightly miscarved knight. I own a HOS Zagreb set, which I got for 60% off - this WSC set is not as refined or large/heavy but the regular price of $80 is only 40% of the $199 HOS set. The WSC set is very nice, more playable and a much better value - if you want a Zagreb set, this WSC set is the way to go.
I'm very happy with this set. I've been eyeing a Zagreb-style set for a while, and if you are too, I highly recommend this one.
I very much like the simplicity of this style, and particularly like the contrasting woods in the bishop, queen, and king finials. I've paired the set with a 55mm veneer board, (mahogany and maple, I think) and the pairing of these rosewood and boxwood pieces with this board is very attractive.
Everything looks quite sturdy, and I don't have concerns about the pieces being damaged in blitz or rapid games. So far, I've used it for analysis only, and haven't had the chance to try it out in actual play. However, judging by other sets I have, I expect these to play very well.
The weighting is sufficient to give the pieces a good feel, and they slide nicely on their felts. Kings are around 60g, rooks and bishops 35-40g, and pawns 25g. The knights are a bit on the heavy side, over 40g. They compare pretty closely with the Lardy-style, modern-production Indian pieces I have in my other 3.75 inch set, except that the range of piece weights is somewhat narrower in this set; the kings, in particular, are noticeably less hefty, and the pawns are slightly heavier here.
All in all, I'm very happy with my decision to buy this set.
This is one of the best chess pieces I have seen for that price. Great value.
This set is gorgeous. The sheesham is so dark I'm wondering if they sent the rosewood by mistake. The pieces are nicely weighted and balanced. It's perfect if you want something a little different from a Staunton set but not too crazy looking. A couple of the pieces have very minor flaws but otherwise this set is fantastic.
Far exceeded what I expected for the price. Very nice set and I love it.