Chess at the Maine Potato Blossom Festival

09.09.10 Fort Fairfield's 63rd Maine Potato Blossom Festival was held from Friday, July 9th to Sunday, July 18th, 2010. Part of the festivities included a human chess game between Roger Morin and Roger Hardison in which 32 children and adults stood in as chess pieces.

The black pieces seem to be missing the g-pawn at the outset of the human chess game at the Potato Blossom Festival in Fort Fairfield on July 17th.

Thanks to Lance Beloungie for contributing to this report.

To visit the Maine Potato Blossom Festival online please click here.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle Chess Club hosted a human chess game at the Fort Fairfield Potato Blossom Festival in late July. Now well into its second decade, the game features free tee shirts, raucous pieces, and just plain fun as it exposes the unsuspecting public to the lighter side of chess.


The white pieces prepare to do battle.


Black places his d-pawn on the d6 square.


The brains behind the piece movement: Roger Morin (right) and Roger Hardison. Official results report one of the Rogers as the winner.


Lance Beloungie was the Master of Ceremony and relayed the moves to the waiting pieces.


The smallest pawn gets interviewed by WAGM TV.


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