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Chess stars flock to Barry Martin’s book launch

 

Chess Grandmasters Raymond Keene OBE and Nigel Short MBE joined with Professor Tony Buzan and a host of other celebrities at the iconic L’Escargot Restaurant in Greek Street on Monday 12th of November to celebrate the launch of author and artist, Barry Martin’s new book “Chess: Problems, Play and Personalities”.  According to Ray Keene, Barry’s chess column in London’s Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Today newspaper is the largest such column in any publication around the world. To celebrate this, his new book contains all the columns that have been published in the past five years. An amazing body of work, and a fascinating insight into the turbulent world of chess over that period.

Barry Martin became the most versatile and prolific British exponent of Kinetic Art in London in the ‘Swinging Sixties’ and early Seventies. He has also found distinction as a chess player. His insights and experience of the game can be vividly enjoyed in this very enjoyable collection of articles from his chess column published in pages of Kensington Chelsea and Westminster Today newspaper.

Barry Martin is an artist, writer and chess exponent and became the most versatile and prolific British exponent of Kinetic Art in London in the ‘Swinging Sixties’ and early Seventies.

He has exhibited his art in many public institutions and private galleries, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Tate Gallery. He has collaborated on several books about chess, symbolism and ritual at Chiswick House, West London, and modern painting and sculpture. He is the artist-in-residence at Chiswick House and Grounds. His art and chess works are in many public and private collections, including the above museums, and in private collections, James Bond actor Timothy Dalton, actors Peter Egan, Ian Holms, Jan Mol, collector and entrepreneur, Julius Bryant and Raymond Keene.