Chess in Art is a unique book, which presents history of chess in painting.

Chess in Art - book

800 years of chess

in one book

Based on seven years of literally detective work, of searching through archives, the book will show you how artists throughout history have depicted the game of kings.

320 color pages on hardcover matte paper.

7 years of data collection

15 years of conceptualisation

includes book, dedication card and branded packaging

book size: 26×26 cm; book weight: 1.8 kg

the book includes images of paintings created by more than 700 artists


Peter Herel Raabenstein

Peter has always had a desire to travel and explore, as well as a thirst for knowledge of art and history. Whenever Peter was travelling, he always had a chess set with him, thanks to which he was able to overcome language barriers anywhere in the world.

Throughout his life, Peter had the opportunity to learn about cultures all over the world, from which he drew a lot of inspiration. He attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academie school of painting and also completed special training in classic painting and colour studies with Professor Rudi Koegler.

He is the founder of The Zátiší Gallery in Prague and the inventor of the special painting technique Red-Blue Dimension. The Chess in Art project took Peter 15 years of searching in art archives for paintings from which he eventually compiled a truly unique book.

Chess in Art - author

Verity Babbs, Art PluggedVerity Babbs, Art Plugged

About the author: History of Art graduate from the University of Oxford, art consultant, writer and podcast host.
Published on: February 21, 2021
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Raabenstein has created a beautiful, weighty and very satisfying book. Even without a pre-existing knowledge of chess, it is an eye-opening project which demonstrates the true cultural longevity of a game that has come to represent intelligence, social interaction, and competition.

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George Bertola, Europe EchecsGeorge Bertoly, Europe Echecs
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Lead editor of Europe Echecs
Published on: June 6, 2020
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A very interesting book for art lovers that presents works of art that you will surely love to discover.

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Sergey StanovkinSergey Stanovkin

Director of Dars Consulting, Head of BBC Advertising Regional Offices
February 17, 2020

I would like to say “sorry” to my friends. I would not pass this book to them as a present. I am going to keep the book “Chess in art” for myself and my kids. It helps me to present the depth and wisdom of chess to my children and gives me another reason to open this book with my friends when they visit me at home…

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Christine O_Donnell, Thoughts On ArtChristine O’Donnell

Curator, art historian, owner of Beacon Gallery and Beacon Gallery Consulting and the writer behind Thoughts on Art.
May 30, 2020

This book is a unique contribution to the world of chess. It’s a good jumping off point for chess enthusiasts or future art history scholars who may want to analyze chess in art.

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David LladaDavid Llada

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for FIDE, journalist, photographer and chess author.
June 1, 2020

I used to say that #TheThinkers was the most beautiful chess book ever devoted to chess – at least when it comes to the aesthetics. But after I saw @chessinart’s book, I don’t think I can claim that anymore. This book is one of a kind.

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Chess-mag-5CHESS Magazine

Author of the text: Carl Portman, author of the book Chess Behind Bars, chess organizer, player and coach, Manager of Chess in Prisons for the English Chess Federation.
Published in: CHESS, Volume 85, No. 5, August 2020

Chess in Art was a cultural journey. It reminded me of the old adage, ‘It’s not enough to look, you have to see’. I see it as an investment in any chess player’s collection that can be enjoyed time and again.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press

Author of the text: Cecil Rosner, board member in Manitoba Chess Association, professional journalist and winner of Michener and Gemini Awards
Published in: Winnipeg Free Press
December 12, 2020,

The book is a work of art in itself, beautifully printed and bound. If you love chess, you will appreciate the very existence of this book.

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International Chess Federation

FIDE Newsletter #024
February 2, 2021
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The proliferation of chess podcasts demonstrates, once again, that chess is not only a game, but a whole subculture that has grown around the sport. Perfect proof of that is the coffee-table book “Chess in Art”.

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British Chess NewsBritish Chess News
November 15, 2020

John Upham, ECF & ECU Accredited Coach
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However, this book is a real beauty, definitely a collectors item with a volume to cover 1900  to the present day in the pipeline. If you have a coffee table and want to cheer it up at Christmas then this book is for it and you!

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New in Chess MagazineNew in Chess Magazine (NIC)
No. 6
November 2020

Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, chess writer, commentator and organizer, editor-in-chief of NIC.
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An attractive coffee-table book that represents an engrossing overview of some 400 chess-themed paintings, many of which I had never seen before.

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