National Geographic : 1956 Nov
Rivals Begin Play; + Tension Mounts The story of the living chess game places the opponents in the governor's castle. To keep the public informed of the play, citizens acted out every move in the square. In the modern enactment the small board is set up outdoors. A herald shouts each move, and living pieces duplicate the maneu vers on the square. Here Elvio Strada (left), an automobile mechanic, acts the part of Rinaldo, who moves the black pieces. Alessandro Dinale, who works in a pottery, portrays the victorious Vieri, with the white men. Lionora, the winner's prize, sits at Rinaldo's left. - A cast of nearly 300 partici pated in the pageant. Except for professionals in the major speak ing roles, all were amateurs. Sergio Tofano and Ave Ninchi, both veterans of the Italian stage, portray the lord of Marostica and his sister-in-law. Marostica's legend was bol stered by an 18th-century dis covery of chessboardlike slabs of stone under the plaza's paving.