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Live Chess ( "Live" is "Evil" spelled backwards )
January 28, 2004

According to the Traveller Chess Trivia Site:
In 1495 Pedro Arbues, Dominican member of the Inquisition, ordered victims of persecutions to stand in as figures in a game of living chess. The game was played by two blind monks. Each time the captured piece was taken, the person representing that piece was put to death.
Other than the fact that Arbues died in 1485, I guess that could be true.

A Catholic site
St. Pedro Arbues (Spanish, canon lawyer, Augustinian priest, inquisitor, martyred by Jews in 1485)

A Jewish site
1485 September 17, PEDRO ARBUES (Spain) The infamous inquisitor of Aragon was slain. Appointed by Torquemada, he was zealous in finding lapsed "new Christians" to bring before the Inquisition and have them burned alive. He was murdered in church by a group of Marranos in retaliation for his actions against their families. The perpetrators were caught, had their hands cut off, and were then beheaded and quartered. Other leaders such as Francisco de Santa Fe committed suicide, or fled to France. Arbues was canonized in 1867.

Maybe it's all in one's perspective? In the fine tradition of Live Chess (and it does have a more glorious tradition than the above infers)

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