The International Chess Federation was founded on this day in 1924. The celebration was set on this date by UNESCO in 1966. There are over 605 million chess players today, many organized into the 181 Chess Federations in 178 countries across the world.
The modern game of chess is believed to have started somewhere in the 1200’s. There are tapestries depicting Knights of the Templar playing chess during the Crusades.
How to celebrate: Find someone to play chess with, perhaps in a park. Join the International Chess Federation. Play an online chess game.