Saturday, April 30, 2016

Another Chess Stamp -- and Three First-Day Covers

Image Credit: Israel Post

A new(ish) chess stamp, to mark the European Individual Chess Championship of 2015 which took place in Jerusalem. The Israeli Philatelic Society also has the first-day cover:

Image Credit: Israeli Philatelic Foundation

As well as the first-day cover (from the same web site) of the 1964 and 1976 Chess Olympiad stamps:



It seems, based both from philatelic sources and on the opinion of various chess players / fans I've talked to about the issue, that this is the first chess stamp Israel had issued since 1976 -- i.e., a gap of 39 years! One possible exception is a single stamp from 1990, showing a chess board on a computer screen. But it is dedicated not to chess or to any particular chess event, but to 'computer games'.

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