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'Giant' Chess Match Set For Sunday in Coventry Village

Spectators can watch the professionals play on both a conventional and an extra large chess board.

Chess is hard to follow unless you're close to the players or the match is broadcast on television or online.

Or their moves are displayed on a giant board.

On Sunday, July 22, professional chess players will compete in the Coventry P.E.A.C.E Park on a conventional board, and their moves will also be replicated on a big board for easy viewing.

Cleveland Heights resident and United States Chess Federation National Master David Allen will take on chess Grandmaster Anatoly Lein at 2 p.m.

"Grandmaster" is the highest title a chess player can earn from the World Chess Federation, and "National Master" is awarded to players who achieve a rating of 2200 in the USCF.

So these guys are good.

Profiles of the players participating in the Chess Alfresco event are included with this article, courtesy of Steve Presser of and the Coventry Village Special Improvement District. The Coventry P.E.A.C.E Park is located at the intersection of Euclid Heights, Coventry and Washington, near the former Coventry School.

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James Bennett November 07, 2012 at 03:51 AM
This is indeed a splendid idea. I agree that it has always been quite difficult to follow a chess match when you watch it physically live because the chess sets are too small to be viewed from the audiences and only clear when you watch it from close proximity like within the range around the players. But in a match, you don't have such priviledge, unless you're either a contestant or the referee. So far, I have been to a few matches that my son had participated in, at his school. They do have a cameraman filming the chess sets throughout the entire match and the video is being broadcasted on a huge screen projector simultaneously for everyone in the hall to see. - http://www.chesssets.co.uk

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