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Chess. The game played between two people sitting opposite each other in a test of knowledge and strategy.  Now let’s move the game outside, expand the chessboard to 17 m x 36 m and replace the chess pieces with live action characters dressed in medieval costumes and you’ve got the loud, boisterous and incredibly engaging Living Chess Game! 

 The Brantford Chess Club in cooperation with the Society for Creative Anachronism will bring this sight to be seen to Brantford’s Harmony Square on Saturday, May the 9th.  The event starts with a BBQ on site from M&M Meat Shop with hamburgers, hotdogs, sausages and chicken.  And then at 1:00 pm, the fun begins!  Brantford’s very own Town Crier, David McKee, will present an opening cry to start the match.  He will then act as emcee to announce the moves to the “chess pieces”.  The two competitors, or “Generals”, battling each other in a match of wits will be local politicians MP Phil McColemanvs. Councillor Dave Neumann.  They will be aided by two masters, NM Adam Cormier (National Master, Canadian title) and FM Hans Jung (FIDE Master) advising them on the best moves.  The “chess pieces” will then make their move and if they need to capture another piece…the real action begins!  Both chess pieces move to a roped off “battle arena” where they will combat with skill, mastery and a whole lot of showmanship to determine who wins the square. 

The performing chess pieces are from the Society for Creative Anachronism.  It is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe (source). They dress and combat as if they were knights in their own homemade armour.  Their “weapons” are usually PVC pipe covered with cushioning that represents swords, axes and long staffs.

This exciting event is the lead up spectacle to the 2015 Ontario Open Chess Championships being held the following weekend, May 16-18.  The Brantford Chess Club plays host to this provincial tournament being held at the Quality Inn & Suites Brantford.

So join in the fun on Saturday, May 9th.  Pull up a lawn chair and enjoy the unmatched entertainment that combines chess, combat and theatre.  See you all there!

Contributors: Brantford Chess Club


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  • Just a small note to correct you on. The weapons used by sca fighters. We use rattan wood wrapped in fiber tape and ductape. With foam on thrusting tips to alow some give for face thrusts.
    5/7/2015 8:10:59 AM Reply
  • Hi there, I'm an SCA fighter and just wanted to clarify something about the article. Im not sure about this particular event but, typically our weapons are not made of PVC and foam. They are in fact made from rattan, a type of wood. That said, I am very excited to see Brantford hosting an SCA event. Myself and a few others are trying to start a Brantford based SCA group. This event is a great opportunity for us to show the locals some of what we do. Its not all fighting. Theres something for everyone.
    5/7/2015 6:08:06 AM Reply

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