It is not necessary to know how to play chess to participate.
A dramatic living-chess match takes place every two years in Marostica, Italy, derived from a local legend of 1454, when the Venetian Republic forbade dueling to the death with swords.
To win the hand in marriage of the daughter of a lord, two suitors had to challenge each other to a game of chess instead of swords. It was then decided to use live players, marked as the black and white teams.
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