There are more adventures on a chessboard than on all the seas of the world.
Pierre Mac Orlan

About Gökyay Chess Museum   

Gökyay Chess Museum is opened in the limits of Altındağ Municipality, in a old Ankara house architect reflecting the historical fabric in a central position.


You can take a different journey with cultural connotations in the chess museum where 723 chess sets collected from 110 countries are exhibited under 4 main themes in 1008 square meter area.




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Chess collection of Akın Gökyay which he started to collect in 1975 and reached to 412 pieces is the first and the only chess set collection made its way to Guinness Records Book as of January 31, 2012.


In the collection which has reached to 719 pieces in which the cultural associations and features of their country of origins can be observed includes thematic sets for children like Harry Potter, Asterix and Smurfs, sets reflecting the historical encounters and sets produced around a theme.


In the chess sets obtained from 110 countries from Madagascar to Chili, from France to Kazakhstan and from Turkmenistan to Mexico we can see the historical events and cultural features specific to every geography.


In the collection there are chess sets made of many materials such as wood, metal, fishbone, marble, soapstone, felt, polyester and metal consisting of marble dust mixture, sheet metal and cast. When choosing the chess sets for the collection, Akın Gökyay considers the reflection of the area of its origin rather than the material.

Examples from the Collection