New Issue: Baku Chess Olympiad on KEP stamp

A new series of stamps was issued by Kyrgyz Express Post (KEP) earlier this week to mark the opening of the 42nd Chess Olympiad, which runs Sept. 1-14 in Azerbaijan.

Chess is an ancient intellectual game and is considered to be one of the most popular sports on the planet. While it originated in the East, the game eventually spread to all the continents and prompted the organization of the World Olympiads.

A first-day cover was also issued by KEP.

A first-day cover was also issued by KEP.

To mark the ongoing 42nd Chess Olympiad, the State Committee for Information Technology and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic issued a stamp depicting several chess pieces and the official logo of the 42nd Baku Chess Olympiad against the terrestrial globe.

The stamp, with the face value of 100 KGS, was issued in miniature sheets of four stamps. Two coupons horizontally divide two pairs of stamps. The coupons depict two chess combinations: “simultaneous attack” and “double attack”.

Canada will also be participating in the 42nd Chess Olympiad.

“We hope that the chess fans will be interested to assume the possible outcomes out of the two depicted combinations,” explained representatives from KEP. “We would like to wish a lot of luck, success, beautiful and exciting chess games to all participants of the 42nd Chess Olympiad.”


The stamps are issued in mini-sheets of four stamps, which are separated by two coupons.

Date of Issue Sept. 1, 2016
Paper coated, gummed, 105 g/m2
Printing Method full-color offset lithography
Designer Aliona Cojocari
Printer Nova Imprim

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