Unique collection of chess stamps and postcards

exhibition by Toncho Demirev during the Kamsky – Topalov match

Chessdom.com presents Toncho Demirev, one of the top chess collectionists, possesing a valuable collection of chess stamps, autographs, and postacrds. Mr. Demirev, a chess player and arbiter from Veliko Turnovo, has collected the precious materials for 35 years. During the Kamsky – Topalov match his exposition can be seen in front of the playing hall. If you are there do not miss it, if you cannot go enjoy the photos of the beautiful collection (photos here as well).

Here are a few of the unique elements of Toncho Demirev.

fisher autograph

A postcard with Fisher’s autograph. It contains more autographs by GM participants in the 1962 Olympiad in Varna.

chess stamp

The first chess post stamp in the world! It was made in Bulgaria in 1947

chess stamp

Postcards and stamps from the matches of Petrossian and Kortchnoi in Odessa and Karpov and Kortchnoi in Moscow in 1974

stamp steinz

Golden stamp with Steinz

topalov kamsky

Material dedicated to Kamsky – Topalov match

kirsan ilymzhinov

A stamp with Kirsan Ilymzhinov


Toncho Demirev, the proud owner of the collection

Photos and report by Milena Stefanova