National Chess Day!
Every second Saturday in October is National Chess Day!

National Chess Day!

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National Chess Day! Former U.S. President Gerald Ford announced and designated National Chess Day on October 9, 1976.


38th President of the United States: Gerald Ford

The purpose of the recognition was to encourage individuals and groups on this day to engage in a game of chess to help enhance ones critical thinking skills. There are roughly 85,000 members of the United States Chess Federation, and former President Gerald Ford claimed that up to 30 million people in the United States are known to play chess.  

Here is a great quote by former President Gerald Ford:

"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 spectators world-wide and will continue to do so as long as competition and excellence challenge mankind."1

National Chess Day is recognized on the second Saturday in October, and serious, casual, young, and old players are encouraged to get together on this day and play their best game!

Ways to enjoy National Chess Day?

  1. Play and teach chess with your children and family members.
  2. Visit your local chess club and join a tournament or play a casual game.
  3. Organize a chess class at your local library and teach the community.
  4. Play a game, tournament, solve puzzles, and watch videos on!

Mark your calendars for the second Saturday of October and login to to show your support for National Chess Day! 


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