In the Medieval era, chess was considered the sport of kings. Originally designed to mirror army combat, the game was sometimes played with real people instead of wooden pieces.
On Jan. 9, seventh grade history students from St. John the Apostle School in Oregon City ended their medieval unit by playing a living chess game. Students not only learned how to play, but learned medieval chess notation, made costumes based on the game's pieces and had the opportunity to engage in play sword fighting to defend their territory. "The students had a wonderful time, and the contest was fought to a well-earned draw," says Teresa Yohn, development director at St. John the Apostle.