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Chess player Raahul Shah, 10, moves a white knight (Tia Romo) during a performance of “Lords of the Board” on Sunday in Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square. The event was sponsored by the Sonoma County Arts Council, Chess for Kids and 8-TrackMinds Productions.

Production of ‘Lords of the Board’ at Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa shows wonders of a strategic game

By
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Published: Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9:33 p.m.

It wasn’t your typical Sunday afternoon chess match at Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square.

The “pieces” on a giant chess board were live actors dressed as Vikings, fairies, wizards, unicorns, Goths, Grim Reapers and bat-like gargoyles.

Controlling the action were a pair of pint-sized chess players, Fred Marvel, 9 and Raahul Shah, 10.

After the boys made their moves on a normal-size chess board, they shifted the living proxies.

The human chess pieces taunted their opponents as they knocked them out of the game. “I think you’ll make a lovely slave,” said Shah’s queen, checking Marvel’s knight.  Continue Reading….

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