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Studio Anne Carlton is a well-known name among serious and professional players. The company is responsible for spearheading the creation and marketing of popular chess sets and other classic games. Since 1969, SAC has built upon its reputation to become one of the world’s leading game brands. All their hard work and commitment has not gone unnoticed. Studio Anne Carlton is responsible for producing the FIDE-approved, official World Chess Championship chess set.
That’s quite a big deal for anyone in the chess and classic game industry. The company did not take the task lightly. Much effort went into the project. First, the visual and theatrical elements of the game must be considered. This is where much of the character of chess is derived, and must be preserved even when playing at a pro level. SAC’s pieces recreated the noble indicators that players recognize, including sculpted collars and crowns.
The bases and height of each piece is based on the Staunton set. Some slight modifications were made to the knight, however, because of its important role as protector of royalty and unique movement capabilities. The horse headed knight was given a “hoof”, which better suits its role and abilities on the game board.
While green is the most common color for the felted base of a chess piece, Studio Anne Carlton decided to break away from this Victorian-era requirement. Instead of harkening back to the verdant hue of billiards tables as is often the custom, the World Championship chess set would instead bear black and white felt to give it its own unique personality. The pieces will still sit firmly and evenly on the board, but will contain yet another original trademark to make the set stand out.
Studio Anne Carlton’s creation is packaged as an entire chess set or as the chessmen alone. The set includes a simple, low profile board in handsome rosewood and maple.