A special life-sized chess set is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Lethbridge. It was carefully constructed by members of the Chinook Woodturning Guild and features 32 giant chess pieces made from 500 square board feet of maple and walnut wood. BCN’s Micah Quinn was at the Galt Museum & Archives on Tuesday morning to get a closer look at the intricate chess set where a noteworthy game was on full display.
Chess has risen in popularity as of late and has even been recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a sport.
The idea to create a giant chess set for the community was first brought forward in the winter of 2012.
Staff with the Galt Museum told us the chess set is available for members of the public to use on a daily basis.
The Lethbridge Chess Club has a rotating number of around 50 members who make it to events throughout the year.