The 19th edition of the living chess festival took place in Javea (also known as Xabia, in valenciano), Spain, on Saturday night, 25th of July.The “Ajedrez Viviente de Javea” is a theatrical group , who has been trying to bring chess closer to people through acting. The festival has already a long tradition and, every year since 1996 (excepting 2012), the children have been playing a famous chess game. They have brought on the chessboard “Don Quijote”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Asterix and Obelix” and, in 2006, even obtained the rights to play “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” from no other than the the author herself, J.K. Rowling.
This year, it was the game between Garry Kasparov and Boris Gelfand, played in Linares, in 1991. On a huge chessboard, the actors combine chess, culture and history.
This edition showed the life and habits of the native Americans, as well as their relationship to the “White Man”, who arrived in the “Far West”. As you can already guess, the game was shown through the relationship (sometimes peaceful, sometimes not) between the two armies: the white people were playing Kasparov, with the white pieces, while the natives represented Gelfand, with the black pieces. Unfortunately for the Indians, this encounter was won by the ex-World Champion.
It was a very enjoyable event for us, as guests, and we are happy that it happened to be in the right place at the right moment and could take part in it. We leave you now with some impressions from the event: