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Photo's of Thai Chess Set. Photo's of Markruk set of Thailand.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Ayer wrote on 2010-10-08 UTC
Murray, writing a hundred years ago, illustrated a similar set from a German periodical, and described the design as traditional, so it appears to go back a couple of centuries, at least. While trying to find any further information on the subject I learned that before the Age of Plastic the pieces were usually made of teak, though ivory and horn were also used. If cowrie shells were not available, the craftsman might substitute disks in the same material the pieces were made of.

Daniil Frolov wrote on 2010-09-15 UTC
I have a question: how old is this way of representing pieces? If this is modern style, how makruk pieces was represented in ancient times (i know that pawns was shells, but what about other pieces)?

Doctor dice wrote on 2010-09-14 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
i have the same set
except, the pieces are black and white instead of red/black
i like it

Charles Gilman wrote on 2007-05-23 UTCGood ★★★★
On seeing this page I instinctively liked the look of the set, but found it hard to put the reason into words. I think it's mainly the economy of shapes combined with a certain similarity in conventions (for example relative hrights, distinctiveness of the Knight) to Staunton sets. It reminds me a little of an idea I once heard about for a set made entirely of hemispheres joined together in various ways.

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