Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London


T. Raymonzrek Couture Chess auction





Notes: The buy it now price is £30,000 | Reserve is £10,000 | Bidding closes midnight - Sunday 14 December.



One of the artistic features at this year’s London Chess Classic is the auction of a Couture chess set created by artist Tony Raymonzrek in conjunction with Purling London Luxury Chess Sets. The set will be displayed at Olympia during the course of the London Chess Classic and auctioned* at the closing dinner of the London Chess Classic on Monday 15 December 2014.



Tony Raymonzrek’s chess set is a very striking work of art and is called the Chemical Warfare Protest Chess Table. Tony is a London-based artist with 35 years of experience in different mediums and styles. He is self-taught and employs a technique that brings together the worlds of art, photography and fashion. His works have been a voyage of self-discovery and are a complement to modern interiors, colours and dimensions. Tony likes to reflect political, historical and scientific concepts, drawing inspiration from the most unlikely places.


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Tony Raymonzrek describes his approach to this work: “I wanted to create a chess set that reflects the on-going battle over scarce resources such as gold and oil. The chess pieces are intentionally painted to reflect these commodities. The added feature of pressing a button to eliminate your enemy, by setting off smoke over the board, is a representation of a chemical attack; a real and present danger in modern warfare. Gas masks are supplied for both players, to bring an added sense of realism and fuller effect of the danger. The button is to act as a dirty tactic. Either player, at any time during the game, can set off the dirty bomb as a sign of weakness and evil; if they so choose. What would it take for the player to decide the only way out is to completely extinguish the enemy with a chemical attack? This technically makes him a winner, but leaves him as a moral loser.


“My main motivation is art itself. My intention for this artwork is to raise awareness of the dangers of advanced military technology and modern warfare in the wake of ever more scarce and valuable resources in our 21st Century. As competition for these finite commodities gets stronger, the potential use of dirty tactics such as chemical attacks are more likely to happen. This threatens our world peace, and deserves attention.”


Interested parties can bid on the London Chess Classic website here. The auction remains open to midnight on Sunday 14 December. Thereafter, if the highest bid is less than £30,000, the auction will conclude at the London Chess Classic closing dinner.


Purling London Couture Chess aspires to be the ultimate expression of chess and art. They feature ambitious one-off works by British-based contemporary artists which combine Purling London's professional grade, 34-piece, triple-weighted chess set with vital and thought provoking messaging; and a truly unforgettable game experience.


Purling London’s luxury range will be on display at the London Chess Classic and they have kindly donated three sets for the closing dinner auction.


Purling London: Luxury Chess Sets ~ www.purlinglondon.com










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