Happy International Chess Day!
“Chess is a ruthless battle between two unequal forces, where the victory is always uncertain, and the odds are usually against the player.” – Garry Kasparov.
The game of chess requires strategy and planning and is a great way to exercise the mind. It is no wonder many people have enjoyed it for centuries. On this International Chess Day, Kolkata District Chess Association has started chess classes for working women. The game is a proven way to sharpen the brain and set the mind at peace. It also increases patience level; hence, Kolkata District Chess Association’s initiatives are commendable.
History of Chess:
In 1924, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) is founded on July 20. International Chess Day is celebrated annually to commemorate this event. The game of chess is thought to have originated in India around the 6th century AD. It is a popular board game that is played by millions of people around the world. The game of chess requires strategic thinking and planning and has been shown to improve one’s cognitive skills. Numerous famous figures are avid chess players, including Vladimir Putin, Bill Gates, and Einstein. In honor of International Chess Day 2022, let us take a closer look at the history and significance of this popular game.
International Chess Day:
It all started on a hot summer day in Paris. The eighth summer Olympic Games were in full swing, and the city was bustling with activity. Amid all the excitement, a group of chess enthusiasts gathered together to form the Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE). On that day, July 20, 1924, International Chess Day was born. July 20 is celebrated as International Chess Day. It is a day to promote the chess game and celebrate its rich history. On December 12, 2019, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted resolution 74/22 to designate July 20 as International Chess Day.
This adds to the excitement and significance of the day. So whether you are a chess enthusiast or just someone who enjoys a good game, make sure to celebrate World Chess Day on July 20!