On November 30, stamp dedicated to chess was put into postal circulation in the Sports series

Sports are types of sports activities that were historically formed in the course of their development as independent components. Currently, there are about 200 sports in the world.

Chess is a board logical game with chess pieces on a 64-box chessboard; the game combines elements of art (including those in terms of a chess composition), science and sport.

The game is given on a board divided into equal square boxes, or houses. The size of the board is 8×8 boxes. The vertical rows of fields are denoted by Latin letters from a to h from left to right; the horizontal rows are denoted by numbers from 1 to 8 from bottom to top; each field is denoted by a combination of the corresponding letter and number. The fields are colored in dark and light colors (and are referred to as black boxes and white boxes, respectively) so that the adjacent vertical and horizontal fields are colored in different colors. The board is placed in such a way that the nearest corner field to the right of the player is white (it is field h1 for white, and field a8 for black). Each set of chess pieces includes a king, a queen, two castles, two bishops, two knights, and eight pawns.

The rules of the game basically took shape by the 15th century; in modern official tournaments, the rules of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) apply. It is a sports organization that unites chess federations around the world.

The postage stamp features chess pieces: two knights, two pawns, a castle, a bishop, as well as figurative symbols of the king and the queen.

In addition to the issue of the postage stamp, JSC Marka produced First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Kursk, Novosibirsk, Ryazan, Sevastopol, and Tambov, and a maxi-card.

Design Artist: S. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 30 rubles.
Stamp size: 65×32.5 mm, sheet size: 150×154 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 6 stamps and 4 coupons.
Quantity: 102 thousand stamps (17 thousand sheets).

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