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Another memory picture from the Venice TE-Meeting in 2010. It was a big meeting organized by Paolo Luigi Germano. There were many TE friends and children from school.
After the meeting, I went alone to Slovenia and Croatia. It was my first longer lone trip. I liked it so much that from that time I have travelled alone very often.

Here the picture from Marostica.
Marostica is famous for the human chess game it carries out every 2 years (in the even-numbered years), with living chess pieces, in the city public square.

THE LEGEND The two noblemen, Rinaldo D'Angarano and Vieri da Vallanora, fell in love with Lionora, the daughter of the local lord, Taddeo Parisio. As was the custom at that time, they challenged each other to a duel to win her hand. The Lord of Marostica, not wanting to make an enemy of either suitor nor lose them in a duel, forbade the encounter. *He decreed instead that the two rivals would play a chess game and the winner would have the hand of Lionora. The loser of the chess game would also join the family, by marrying her younger sister, Oldrada. The chess match took place on September 12 in the year 1454.

The reenactment of the legendary chess match takes place on the square in front of the Lower Castle with supporters carrying the noble ensigns of Whites and Blacks, in the presence of the Lord, his noble daughter, the Lords of Angarano and Leoncavallo, the court and the entire town population. The Lord also decides the challenge would be honoured by an exhibition of armed men, foot-soldiers and knights, with fireworks and dances and music, which makes the approximately 20 minute chess game the anchor of a festival of epic proportions.


The castle in Marostica in a large format: https://i1.trekearth.com/photos/76332/zimg_0490a.jpg
Do you see the chessboard?

The opposite side of the square. Group picture. Whom do you recognize? Only me and Silvio are still active on TE.


Silvio, my friend, do you remember?


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