The live Chess Game in Marostica
September 10th to 12th, 2021. the story of Lionora and her two young fiancés
From September 10th to September 12th, 2021, the wonderful Piazza degli Scacchi in Marostica, in the Province of Vicenza, hosts – usually every 2 years – the reenactment of the story of Lionora, the daughter of the Lord of Marostica, and of her two young suitors Rinaldo d’Angarano and Vieri da Vallonara.
The show of the live Chess Game takes place in 2021 from Friday September 10th at 9 PM and it is repeated on Saturday 11th at 9 PM and on Sunday 12th at 5 PM and 9 PM.
The story of Partita a Scacchi di Marostica (Chess Game of Marostica) dates back to 1454. According to the legend, two valiant knights, Rinaldo D’Angarano and Vieri da Vallonara, fell in love with a beautiful girl called Lionora and challenge each other to a duel to win her heart. To avoid needless bloodshed, the girl’s father, Castellan Taddeo Parisio, decided to give his daughter’s hand to the winner of a chess game. The match took place in Piazza del Castello da Basso and was played with living pawns equipped with arms.
In memory of this event, every two years in September, Piazza degli Scacchi hosts the reenactment of that famous chess game with living pawns and participants in costumes.
Since it is impossible to reproduce the original moves made by the two knigths, the organizers get inspiration from some of the greatest chess games of all time.
About 3600 people on numbered seats can watch the performance.
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