Human Chess Game of Marostica

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The legendary story of the chess game of Marostica, in the Veneto region, dates back to 1454 when the town of Marostica was still part of the Venetian Republic (Serenissima Repubblica di San Marco). The two noble knights Rinaldo D’Angarano and Vieri di Vallonara both fell in love with the beautiful daughter of the governor of Marostica, Taddeo Parisio, and wanted to duel for the beauty in a bloody battle.

However, the governor did not want either of the two brave young men to be killed in the fight and so he forbade the duel. But who was to receive the hand of the beautiful Lionora? The governor ordered that the two opponents play for Lionora’s hand in a chess game with live pieces on the great parade ground. The winner became the husband of Lionora, while the loser was given cousin Oldrada as a wife. Thus both received a wife and even became relatives.

The Human Chess Game in Marostica, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy

The Human Chess Game, Marostica, Italy.    (foto © Associazione Pro Marostica / Sergio Sartori)

The unique “Partita a schacchi di Marostica a personaggi viventi” is always replayed by the inhabitants of the town of Marostica on the second weekend in September in the years with even numbers.

Unable to re-enact the moves made by the original competitors Vieri da Vallonara and Rinaldo da Angarano during the legendary chess match in 1454, the organisers have decided since 1954 to take inspiration from the greatest and most legendary chess matches in history. Every two years, a famous chess game of the past is re-enacted with live pieces on the giant chess board in Piazza Castello of Marostica.

In collaboration with the local chess club, a chess game with very specific requirements is chosen by the organising committee: The chess game must be completed with a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 20 moves and should be spectacular, as well as lasting about 30 minutes.

Text: Tomaso @ Italien.blog

 

The Human Chess Game in Marostica, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy

The Human Chess Game, Marostica, Italy.    (foto © Associazione Pro Marostica / Sergio Sartori)

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