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The Live Chess Game in Marostica

Next year, September 2024. The Game remembers the story of Lionora and her fiancés

The Chess game in Marostica
September Veneto -Marostica (Vicenza)  Folklore-Traditions | Historical reenactments

In September 2024, as every two years in even years, Marostica, in the Province of Vicenza, hosts the beautiful Live Chess Game (Partita A Scacchi).

This year, from September 1st to 3rd, 2023, Marostica is anyway organizing a large medieval festival to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first match in 1923. No seats, and free admission. For information call +39.0424.721 or go to the facebook page of the proloco>>>

The Marostica Live Chess Game is 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 story dates back to 1454. According to the legend, two valiant knights, Rinaldo D’Angarano and Vieri da Vallonara, fell in love with the beautiful Lionora, the daughter of the Marostica noble lord and challenged each other to a duel.

To avoid needless bloodshed, the girl’s father, Lord Taddeo Parisio, decided that Lionora would marry the winner of a chess game, while the loser would marry her younger sister.

The chess game had to be played with living pawns equipped with armstook in Piazza del Castello da Basso.

Every two years in September, Marostica remembers this event and in Piazza degli Scacchi it hosts the reenactment of that famous chess game with living pawns and participants in costumes.

Which moves? As 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.


The Live Chess Game starts on Friday at 9:00 pm and is then repeated on Saturday at 9:00 pm and Sunday at 5:00 and 9:00 pm
About 3600 people on numbered seats can watch the performance…
Tickets  >>>
For more information: Pro Marostica Association
Tel. +39 0424 72127
send an email to the Marostica Tourist office >>>
To be updated, also look at the site or at the Facebook page of the Live Chess Game


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photo from the facebook page of the Live Chess game

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