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British Chess News

Title: British Chess News
Author: John Upham, ECF & ECU Accredited Coach
Published: British Chess News November 15, 2020 available at https://britishchessnews.com/2020/11/15/chess-in-art-history-of-chess-in-paintings-1100-1900
Source: UPHAM, John. Chess in Art: History of Chess in Paintings 1100 – 1900. British Chess News [online]. 2020, November 15, 2020. Available at: https://britishchessnews.com/2020/11/15/chess-in-art-history-of-chess-in-paintings-1100-1900/
Excerpt: 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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Chess has been very important skill of human mind, part of many intellectual arguments, and a vital part of social life, for more than 1000 years. It has also mesmerized Peter Herel Raabenstein, who around 2003 craved to immerse himself deep into the story of chess. On that occasion, he was looking for a gift for his uncle, who shared the same passion for chess, art and history. He was aiming to buy a special book focused on chess and art. Unfortunately, he found out there was no such book. He decided to create the gift himself. After collecting 12 paintings with chess theme, he used them to create a calendar. Peter’s uncle was amazed by the gift and proposed making a whole book with chess as a main theme. Later whilst living in Amsterdam and studying at local art school to master painting skills, Peter kept his interest in chess. He regularly visited chess museums and cafes. He was persistent in pursuit of creation of his own book, all thanks to his dedication and passion for art and chess, and also his uncle’s excitement about the idea. The book that was also finished as a result of many coincidences...