About International Chess Day
International Chess Day is celebrated annually on July 20th, the day the International Chess Federation (FIDE) was founded, in 1924. The idea to celebrate this day as the international chess day was proposed by UNESCO, and it has been celebrated as such since 1966.
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- Did you know? Chess is banned in Russian Antarctic stations, as one 1959 chess match became so heated one player attacked the other with an ice axe.
- Did you know? The first time a computer defeated a human opponent at a variant of chess was in 1956 at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. The human player had learned how to play chess one week before the game.