Precious trophy from Lobortas Jewelry House
At the 84th Congress of the International Chess Federation FIDE, which took place in Tallinn, Estonia October 1st through 10th, 2013, a decision was made to create two cups for the Men’s and Women’s Grand Prix. FIDE’s President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov lent wholehearted support to this initiative. In accordance with this decision the Lobortas Classic Jewelry House has designed and created the models of future Big and Small trophies to award the FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 winnner.
Annually precious trophies, crafted out of silver, gold and adorned with diamonds in the author's work of the Lobortas Classic Jewelry House will be solemnly awarded to the winner of men's Grand Prix six-stage series. Before the Lobortas Classic Jewelry House had created the Big and Small chess Oscars "Caissa" and FIDE women's Grand Prix series trophies.
The founder of Lobortas Classic Jewelry House Igor Lobortas will present the models at the opening of the first stage of the men’s Grand Prix series, which will be held from 1 to 15 October in Baku. Besides, Big Grand Prix trophy with the engraved name of Hou Yifan, the winner of women’s FIDE Grand Prix series 2013-2014, will be transferred to FIDE. One month earlier Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan was awarded with the Small Cup for her victory in Women’s Grand Prix series 2013-2014.
The Big trophy will have the winner’s name engraved on it and is to be stored at the FIDE headquarters. The base of Grand Prix series Small trophy, a reduced copy of the Big FIDE trophy, features an innovative seal that indicates the year of the victory and contains a International Chess Federation bookplate. The Small trophy will be handed over to the winner for permanent possession. For all subsequent victories, the years of winning seasons may be additionally engraved on the Small trophy.
The Trophy represents a King chess piece on the podium, the most important and valuable chessman, symbolizing the genuine nature of mind. A stylized silver chessboard serves as the King’s background.
Technical and creative innovation in FIDE Grand Prix series Trophies is that the base of Small trophy features the seal with the year of the victory and a FIDE bookplate, which can be used in particularly emblematic cases. Also the winner has an option of substituting the seal with his personal alternative or update the seal in case of subsequent victories. This innovation is the first of its kind used in international awards and it may receive further recognition and be put into practice by the makers of other significant awards. The precious trophy, therefore, is both a work of XXI century jewelry art and an item of historical value, representing the owner’s wins in the FIDE championships.
Lobortas Classic Jewelry House, the designer of the trophy, specializes in creating jewelry art works of historic significance. The House’s works include outstanding examples of XXI century craftsmanship, including a ring listed in the Guinness World Book of Records. The works of the House are exhibited at the world’s leading museums and owned by heads of states, religious leaders, international sports organizations and