Making chess come to life

Making chess come to life

Making chess come to life 445 334 Chess Club For Kids

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

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. 


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.