It's not often that I bring chess news from Siberia but I spotted an interesting story from Siberian News Online. The chess organisers of Krasnoyarsk attempted to set a new world record for the most number of players playing chess at the same time. Unfortunately they came up short. But what I found interesting was the chess sets they were using to set the record. It appears the pieces are flat cardboard(?) discs with the symbols of the pieces printed on them.
This is the first time I've seen such sets and I wonder how widespread they are. Certainly this would be a good way of distributing cheap chess sets to schools/countries who have difficulty in paying for proper tournament sets.