James Bond film.
In the 007 film, Grandmaster Kronsteen, from Czechoslovakia, is battling Canadian, Macadams. The game played out in the film was a variation of an actual game between Boris Spassky, White, and David Bronstein, Black, in 1960.
|The Mitchell set. Click on Picture to Enlarge|
One thing James Mitchell and James Wright handed down to me from our club founders was the appreciation of good chess equipment. Mr. Wright brought a Jaques chess set one night, and I was able to play a game on it. The pieces were almost perfectly made. There were rumors at the chess club that the YMCA on Madison Avenue had in storage Jaques sets left there from when the club met at the facility in the 1940s. I never gave credence to the rumors until one day in the 1970s Randall Senn said he had visited the Madison Avenue YMCA and noticed one of the doors inside the building had these words, "The Memphis Chess Club." Immediately I thought about those tales of luxurious chess sets that were possibly stored away in the attic or basement and long forgotten. Still, I have never checked out the rumors.
various styles of fine Staunton chessmen, but you rarely see them brought out for tournament play. Hunter Weaks was said to have many ready for use in almost every room of his house, even one in the kitchen. I have had a good magnetic travel set, since I learned the game, and it used to attract game challenges from inquisitive chess players while I was out of town vacationing.
|My first set, The Gallant Knight design.|
|Alex's chess set|