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The art of chess

— October 2012

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Art and chess - artists create unique sets of chessmen for the Saatchi Gallery

Some of the top grandmasters in the world have visited ‘The Art of Chess’ exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery to play a quick game on chess sets made by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists. Today, Wednesday 3 October, is the last chance to see the sets on display at Saatchi's, King's Road, London SW3 4RY.

Anish Giri, Peter Leko, Wanghao, Veselin Topalov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, all took a day off from competing at the World Chess Grand Prix London at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand to visit the exhibition presented by Hugo Boss.

The Art of Chess brings together 16 chess sets designed by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists in celebration of the ‘game of kings’ and its continued relevance to the creative arts.

These specially commissioned chess sets have been created by: Maurizio Cattelan, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Oliver Clegg, Tracey Emin, Tom Friedman, Paul Fryer, Damien Hirst, Barbara Kruger, Yayoi Kusama, Paul McCarthy, Alastair 
Mackie, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Matthew Ronay,Tunga, Gavin Turk and Rachel Whiteread.

Each set is individually crafted in a wide variety of different materials including wood, porcelain, glass, amber and silver.

This exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery is the first time that all 16 chess sets have been displayed together and it will also be the first public showing of a new commission by British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster.

The four grandmasters are competing at the World Chess Grand Prix London – the first event in the new World Chess Championship cycle – which ends on Wednesday.  Boris Gelfand, from Israel, is currently leading the tournament.

The commercial rights to the World Chess Championship were recently accorded to Agon, a company set up by the entrepreneur Andrew Paulson.

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