National Chess Day

Chess Tip of the Day: Think First, Move Second!


The National Chess Day is in the fall of each year on the second Saturday of October. The day celebrates the long history of chess and recognizes the role chess plays in connecting people across societies. The game has broken many barriers – class, language, and cultural – simply by two people sitting down to play one of the most mentally challenging games in the world.

President Ford first declared National Chess Day on October 9th, 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration.

For both professionals and amateurs, chess is a game that sharpens the mind, tests human faculties and encourages healthy competition. It has captivated the attention of players and specators world-wide and will continue to do so as long as competition and excellence challenge mankind.

~ President Gerald Ford
~ October 1976


2019 National Chess Day

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