International Chess Day is celebrated every year on July 20th. It was created by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) in 1966 to commemorate the founding of FIDE in 1924. International Chess Day is a time to celebrate the game of chess and its many accomplishments and contributions to society.
Chess is a board game that has been around for centuries, with its origins tracing back to India. The game is thought to have originated in the 6th century AD. From India, chess spread to Persia and then to Arabia. By the 10th century, chess had reached Europe, where it quickly became a popular pastime among the nobility.
The game of chess has been credited with improving mental skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity. Studies have shown that playing chess can also improve memory, concentration, and planning abilities. Chess has even been shown to boost IQ scores in children.
In addition to its cognitive benefits, chess is also a great way to socialize and make new friends. Chess tournaments are held all over the world, bringing together players of all ages and skill levels.
So whether you are a seasoned chess player or just getting started, be sure to celebrate International Chess Day!