NORTH FORK – Never let it be said that the folks in North Fork aren’t a creative lot. They will soon have a unique display of playful creativity, a chess match using human beings as pieces.
The match will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, at the Mill Site. The game is being organized as a benefit for two local non-profit organizations, The North Fork Community Development Council and the North Fork Studio. There is no fee to watch or to be a human chess piece, but donations will be gratefully accepted.
Five years ago Josh Freeman started to organize a game, but it did not come to fruition until this year.
“I am really excited to have a chance to share chess and performance art with my community,” Freeman said. He will be playing against Dale Livesey, both long time chess players.
One challenge is the creation of a 576 square foot chessboard. The squares will be 3′ x 3′ to accommodate the human participants. Josh and Dale have been looking for canvas drop cloths that can be sewn together and painted.
If you wish to contribute, please call Josh at 559.877.3061. You may also call for more details or if you wish to be a piece.
There is a long and interesting history of human sized chess games. In Italy there are several towns that hold annual games, even including live horses (though not in North Fork).
For those who wish to attend, you might want to bring a folding chair.