October 8: National Chess Day
National Chess Day: October 8, 2016
Did you know there is a National Chess Day? This year, it falls on October 8. Former President Gerald Ford first declared October 9, 1976, as National Chess Day “To give special recognition to a game that generates challenge, intellectual stimulation, and enjoyment for citizens of all ages.” But, the day was not made official and most people forgot about it.
For the past few years, however, Congress has declared the second Saturday of October as National Chess Day. This year, Virginia Beach, Virginia, is celebrating with tournaments, simuls, free lessons and game variants, like plunder chess. At the University of Texas, Brownsville, students will become the chess pieces in a lawn chess tournament.
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