Dubrovnik I Chess Set (1950) - Bobby Fischer's Favorite Chess Set!
In 1950 the IX. chess olympiade was held in Dubrovnik (Croatia). Teams from ...16 countries participated in it, and after 480 matches the Yugoslav team won the gold medal, Argentina silver, and West Germany bronze. Especially for this occasion a new set of chessmen was made, under the name "Dubrovnik". It was well accepted by the chess world, due to an elegant and interesting look. Design was made by academic painter and sculptor P. Poček and approved by special art commission in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Only 50 sets of this design were made. Most of them was donated to the players on the olympiade, only few offered to the public on sale. It was 1992 when wellknown Fischer - Spassky rematch on Sveti Stefan was played and it was Bobby himself who requested this set would be used on board. Nikola Karaklajic, the main referee of the match borrowed the set from his private collection (the box was later signed by Fischer and Spassky). Bobby then again commented the set: "Look at these pieces, smooth and light. No hard edges. Beatifully carved. The best set for playing with that I've ever seen. Here, feel this knight!" With a help of mr. M. Hannon from GB we came across interesting radio interview with Bobby Fischer, where he mentioned the set "Dubrovnik". You can find interview in our gallery, while we should only mentione short part of Bobby's comment: "THIS IS THE BEST SET I HAVE EVER PLAYED ON. IT IS MARVELLOUS."
I was inspired to work on this after seeing
wonderful Dubrovnik-inspired chess set on
and you can still
purchase the STLs on Pinshape
. As his parts are a mix of the Dubrovnik I and II chess set look and optimized for 3D printing they are worth a look!
3d model print parameters
I've designed a hole in the bottom of the pieces for US pennies (use anything else if you want). The pawns hold four pennies, the knights / bishop / rooks hold six pennies, and the king / queen hold eight. You can glue felt to the bottoms to complete the look if you desire. The knight and bishops have a 1.75mm hole to insert a small amount of filament as a peg to align the parts for gluing. The knight also has supports generated by Meshmixer because Slic3r/Cura supports are usually too extreme and would probably damage the look of the part when detaching. (I've also included the knight without supports if you want to try that as well.)
After using the Hatchbox Wood PLA filament, I stained half of the parts with Minwax stain and then used one coat of polyurethane spray while the other half was simply brushed with polyurethane. Remember -opposite colored finials on the bishops.