Living Chess Festival in Javea

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:

The stage, where all the action happened

The stage, where all the action happened

Irene Wittwer, president of the organizing comittee, with the guest of Honor, actor Alfred Picó, who was narrating black's moves

Irene Wittwer, president of the organizing comittee, with the guest of Honor, actor Alfred Picó, who was narrating black’s moves

The Indians, with their customs and beliefs

The Indians, with their customs and beliefs

The two armies, ready to start the game

The two armies, ready to start the game

The natives have their own rituals to bring the Gods to their favour

The natives have their own rituals to bring the Gods to their favour

The white people have their own ways to celebrate

The white people having a party

Love has its own ways, and it happened between the two enemy camps

Love has its own ways, and it happened between the two enemy camps

The Indians were good hunters, but sometimes accidents happened and the brave fell

The Indians were good hunters, but sometimes accidents happened and the brave fall

A grieving scene at their

A grieving scene at their “brother” funeral

In the end, the Indians had to resign and lost the battle

In the end, the Indians had to resign and lost the battle

A group photo of the actors, organizers and guests of the event

A group photo of the actors, organizers and guests of the event

A distance view over the port of Javea, where the event took place

A distance view over the port of Javea, where the event took place

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