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FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024 to feature the Iconic World Chess Sets

The Iconic World Chess Sets will be used at the FIDE Candidates Tournament and the Championship Match; FIDE Continues Collaboration with World Chess on the Chess Sets for 2024-2025.
July 7

Toronto, March 29 – The tradition that has lasted since 2012 continues as the major FIDE events, including the upcoming FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024 as well as the 2024 Championship Match, will exclusively use the iconic World Chess Championship sets.


The sets, designed by Pentagram for World Chess, have become synonymous with the pinnacle of chess competition, adorning the stages of the FIDE Championship Matches, the Candidates Tournaments, and other prestigious events for over a decade. This partnership extends through 2025, ensuring these remarkable sets remain integral to the chess world’s most elite competitions.


Renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship and timeless design, the World Chess Championship sets have earned a place as one of the most sought-after chess sets globally. Manufactured by World Chess, they epitomize the perfect blend of form and function, capturing the essence of chess at its highest level. All Championship Matches and Candidates Tournaments since 2012 have used the same chess design, which was initially developed with input from Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik, among others.


“The chess board and pieces are often the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of chess. The evolution of design and craftsmanship in chess sets throughout history has elevated them to the status of art. These visual components play an important role in shaping the game’s image and promotion. We are delighted that the tradition of specially designing chess sets for top events has emerged, and we look forward to its continuation,” — FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich said.


“Chess is a collection of traditions, almost like a religious act: a handshake, recording a move, a dress code… I am happy that World Chess, together with FIDE, has built another tradition — a special set for special events. Now, it’s all about the games!” — says Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess.


World Chess manufactures different variants of its iconic design, ranging from premium redwood options to high-quality plastic sets for club play. Available for purchase online and in select elite stores around the world, including the prestigious Harrods in London, the World Chess Championship sets offer enthusiasts the opportunity to bring home a piece of chess history.


Ahead of the highly anticipated FIDE Candidates Tournament in April 2024 and the prestigious FIDE World Championship Match in November 2024, World Chess is thrilled to unveil a special limited edition chess set. Crafted from ebony wood and housed in a classic World Chess black box adorned with iconic symbols representing the FIDE Championship Cycle, this set boasts a solid black wooden chess board with a smooth finish, perfect for championship-level matches. Each board features a metal plaque displaying the edition number and a commemorative inscription honoring the legacy of the World Chess Championship.