The history of Human Chess Game
“La partita a scacchi di Marostica”
The legend of the Human Chess Game dates back to 1454 when Marostica belonged to the Venetian Republic.
It happened that the two noblemen, Rinaldo d’Angarano e Vieri da Vallonara, fell in love with the beautiful Lionora, daughter of Taddeo Parisio, who was the Lord of Marostica. As was the custom in that time, they challenged each other to a cruel duel to get the hand of Lionora. To avoid becoming enemy or losing them in a duel, the Lord forbade the encounter in conformity with Cangrande della Scala’s Edict. He decided that the two rivals should have played a Chess Game: Lionora would take the winner as her husband and the looser would in any case join his family, marrying Oldrada, the younger sister.
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