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"The chess board is 1200 x 1200 feet in size, with squares measuring 150 feet and pieces 30 to 60 feet in size. The best place to view the action is from the Kyffhauser Monument in Thuringia, Germany, from an elevation of 1500 feet. The opponents were IM Elisabeth Pahtz, Germany's top female player, and an internet community that voted every morning at 10 a.m. on their move.

The Kyffhauser-Denkmal (Kyffhauser Monument) is also known as the Barbarossa-Denkmal (Barbarossa Monument) or the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Denkmal (Kaiser Wilhelm Monument) and stands on the summit of the Kyffhauser Mountain at an elevation of over 1,574 feet, near Bad Frankenhausen in the state of Thuringia in central Germany. The monument itself is 265 feet tall and was built at the end of the 19th century in 1890-196 and features a 22 foot tall sandstone figure of the medieval Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I von Hohenstaufen, better known as Barbarossa, with a bronze equestrian statue of Kaiser William I above him. The tower itself is topped by a huge imperial crown, which can be reached by visitors by climbing a 247-step stairway. From there you have an excellent panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

There is a tradition of building giant field images in front of the Kyffhauser Monument, to attract even more tourists. In 2009 the image was of a truly gigantic chess board measuring 1200 x 1200 feet. It was built on a harvested field in full view of the monument and the pieces were formed out of white and red plastic sheets.

Beginning on August 17, 2009, Germany's strongest female player, IM Elisabeth Pahtz, played a game on this giant chessboard. Her opponents were a virtual chess community voting for their moves on the internet. This was done up to 10:00 a.m. every day. Elisabeth then had time until 4 p.m. to play her move. With each move the pieces were adjusted on the chessboard and the game was televised on a web cam." Write up from Chess News


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