Happy National Chess Day, everyone!
National Chess Day in the United States was declared by President Ford on October 9th, 1976. It is recognized as the second Saturday in October.
A great quote from President Ford regarding chess:
"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. Source: National Day Calendar
Is there an International Chess Day too? Absolutely. International Chess Day occurs annually on July 20, the day that the International Chess Federation (FIDE) was founded in 1924.
Today, to celebrate national chess day, I taught my wife how to play. I'll keep you posted if she keeps with it!
Did anyone else do anything to celebrate today? If so, let me know in the comments below!