Information on Chess Game: A Little about the History and Features of the Game of Chess

International Chess Day

Surely both an adult and a child have heard about the game of chess, but not everyone knows that there is an International Chess Day dedicated to the celebration of this intellectually developing game!

Chess is a game based on strategy and ingenuity. Of course, this is a game for thinking people. From the first days of its existence in India to the present day everywhere in the world, chess is an occupation to which you can devote all your free time, anywhere and with almost anyone.

Therefore, we have prepared interesting information on chess game, so let’s find out more about this event!

What Is International Chess Day?

International Chess Day is a worldwide chess festival sponsored by the International Chess Federation FIDE. It was on this day in 1924 that FIDE was founded. Their main motto in Latin sounds like: “Gens una sumus” that is, “We are one people.” International Chess Day is a great way to celebrate your belonging to the game, as well as to promote and acknowledge this activity around the world.

History of the World Chess Day

In India, chess appeared in the 5th century but was originally called “Chaturanga”. This is probably one of the oldest games of the era. After the origin of the game in India, it eventually spread to Persia.

When the Arabs later conquered Persia, chess was adopted by the Muslim world and subsequently spread to Southern Europe.

In Europe, by the 15th century, the game had become almost its current form. Further development took place in Europe. But by the end of the 15th century, chess had survived a series of bans and sanctions of the Christian church.

Modern history has uncovered reliable reference material on competitive chess tournaments and exciting new game variations. All these factors have increased the popularity of chess.

The modern form of chess with 204 black and white squares and 32 black and white pieces (16 for each team) has been popular with amateurs and professionals of all ages for many years.

Chess is still a very popular pastime among the population all over the world. After all, it is chess players who make up one of the largest communities in the world. In fact, at least 605 million adults worldwide are regularly addicted to the game.

The first modern chess tournament was held in London in 1851 and was won by the German Adolf Andersen.

Then, in 1966, there was an idea from UNESCO to start celebrating a day dedicated to this activity. Chess tournaments are now held around the world at this very time. The event is celebrated in 178 countries, and a resolution on its official recognition was signed by the United Nations in 2019.

How to Celebrate International Chess Day?

How to celebrate Chess Day and what to do

When planning or contemplating ways to celebrate World Chess Day, try the following ideas:

Play (Or Learn to Play) Chess

The first thing to do is find a chess buddy to play with.

If you can’t find a friend in person, try playing chess online. There are many computer programs and applications for almost all skill levels, from beginner to expert.

Join the Chess Club

Most cities have one or more chess clubs. They can be found in middle and high schools, local community centers, or sports clubs. Explore your area and find a local chess group or club.

Organize a Chess Game Among People

For some fun Saturday or Sunday, call your friends and family. Or have a picnic and try to organize a chess game with people in the park!

We also recommend watching films or TV series dedicated to this topic.

Movies and TV Series about Chess

The Queen’s Gambit, (2020)

Queen's Gambit 2021

American drama miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Walter Tevis.

This is the story of the orphan chess prodigy Beth Harmon, who aspires to become the greatest chess player in the world, but at the same time struggles with emotional problems, as well as drug and alcohol addiction. The series, originally named after its chess debut, begins in the mid-1950s and continues until the 1960s.

Finding Bobby Fischer, (1993)

Searching ffor Bobby

Based on the true story of the exploration of the world of chess by Josh Weitzkin, who later became an International Master.

Queen of Katwe, (2016)

Queen of Katwe

Based on the real life of Ugandan chess player Fiona Mutesi, who grew up in the Katwe slums and went through adversity to play internationally.

Luzhin’s Defense, (2000)

Luzhin's defence

A romantic drama about a mentally exhausted chess player who travels from Russia to Italy to participate in tournaments, but overcomes stress and anxiety.

We are convinced that no matter what you do in chess, whether you watch people play chess, play a game or just study it, you should absolutely immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this event! That’s why Happy international chess day!

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