Chess game in Marostica 2014

the exciting human chess game that fascinates the world!

From 12 September 2014 to 14 September 2014


In September 2014 the Marostica human chess game in Italy returns for one of the most fascinating historical re-enactments. Located in the beautiful setting of Castello Square, the Marostica chess game in 2014 will take place on Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 of September.


The famous legend of chess in Marostica, Italy, dates back to the 15th century and was inspired by a gripping duel for the hand of the Mayor's  daughter of Marostica Taddeo Parisio, the beautiful Lionora. Two young warriors, Rinaldo D'Angarano and Vieri da Vallonara, both in love with the girl, according to the custom of the time challenged each other to a duel over the love of young Lionora. To avoid unnecessary bloodshed, the mayor proposed an alternative solution to the contenders: the two had to demonstrate their abilities in a big live chess game in Marostica, Italy. The winner would then be able to marry Lionora, and the loser could marry her younger sister.


The exciting Marostica living chess game was held in the square of the castle, in the presence of the nobility and inhabitants. The living chess match was played with real people instead of tokens used in a classical chess tournament. Marostica, for the occasion, organized a big party with music, dancing, lights and shows of infantry, knights and men-in-arms, which have remained throughout history.


For over fifty years, the living chess festival in Marostica, is one of the most important events, a unique opportunity to discover the customs and traditions of an era long forgotten by re-enacting the fascinating living chess game in Italy held in 1400s.


Given the impossibility of reproducing the original moves of the human chess game in Marostica of 1454, the organizers of the most amazing historic live chess game in Marostica take inspiration from the best chess games played in the past and select then on the basis of their duration (the duration of the Marostica chess game in Italy should be approximately 30 minutes) and the number of moves (minimum 16 and maximum 20).


Played on the beautiful checkerboard of Castello Square, Marostica Chess 2014 will involve more than 500 people in costume for two hours of excitement and entertainment. The game of living chess Marostica program has four pageants (Friday and Saturday night, Sunday afternoon and evening). The Marostica, Italy chess game 2014  will accommodate 4000 spectators at a time, sitting comfortably in the stands erected for the occasion around the square.


Marostica, chess game 2014 tickets are now available. The unparalleled magic of the Marostica chess game history is ready to be repeated: with its elegant atmosphere of yesteryear, the living chess game in Italy returns to the city of Vicenza every two years, colours and ancient customs has made Marostica the human chess quintessential town.


... And do not forget that Marostica is located approx. 40 minutes from Vicenza, the beautiful city of Palldio!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff