Chess as one of the most popular sports on the planet. Baku Chess Olympiad marked with a 1 new stamp by KEP

September 1st, 2016

Chess is an ancient intellectual game, which is considered to be one of the most popular sports on the planet. While originated in the East, the game has become popular worldwide and prompted the organisation of the World Olympiads. The next, 42nd Chess Olympiad will be held in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku, from September 1 till 13, 2016. is excited to inform our readers that to mark this notable sport event, Kyrgyz Post has issued a special postage stamp, dedicated to the Baku Chess Olympiad. The stamp depicts several chess pieces and the official logo of the 42nd Baku Chess Olympiad against the terrestrial globe.

Together with the best chess players from around the world, the Kyrgyz team too will be showing their skills in Baku. Moreover it is the first time that the Chess Olympiad is to be hosted in Azerbaijan, the birthplace of former world champion Garry Kasparov; however, Azerbaijan previously hosted strong tournaments, including the annual Shamkir Chess super-tournament in memory of Vugar Gashimov (1986–2014) and the 2015 Chess World Cup.

The stamp, with the face value of 100 KGS, was issued in miniature sheets of 4 stamps. Two coupons horizontally divide two pairs of stamps. The coupons depict two chess combinations – “simultaneous attack” and “double attack”. We hope that the chess fans will be interested to assume the possible outcomes out of the two depicted combinations.

KEP: Baku Chess Olympiad 2016 Souvenir sheet

KEP: Baku Chess Olympiad 2016 First Day Cover