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"Battle of Borodino" chess set by Леонид Головко, circa 2000

"Battle of Borodino" chess set made by Leonid Golovko. The set depicts the Battle of Borodino with one side being the Grande Armée led by Napoleon and Murat and the other side being the Russian Army led by Tsar Alexander I. and Kutusow.

The faience pieces are huge, sizes range between 10cm and 13cm. The level of detail both in form and coloring is simply amazing and shows the full range of the artist's skill. The board-box (made inter alia of beautiful Karelian birch) is massive, the board measuring 60 cm.

The French Grande Armée is set up as follows:
King - Napoléon Bonaparte
Queen - Joachim Murat
Bishops - Louis-Nicolas Davoût & Eugène de Beauharnais
Knights - Dragons & Hussards
Rooks - gunner
Pawns - soldier
The Russian Army is set up as follows:
King - Tsar Alexander I.
Queen - Prince Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov
Bishops - Prince Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly & Pyotr Iwanowitsch Bagration
Knights - Cossacks & Hussards
Rooks - gunner
Pawns - soldier

Description and photos by Holger Langer.

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