National Chess Day

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National Chess Day

Former President Gerald Ford proclaimed and designated National Chess day in October 09, 1976. But before it happened there was a series of requests from other groups concerned including the Regional Vice-president of United States Chess Federation, who wrote a letter requesting about a proclamaation of the said commemorative activity. He stated that roughly 30 million American's are playing chess and that it wasn't being recognized and honoured as a great game. It was then reviewed and later, accepted. Since then, it is remembered every year, but has gradually faded away over the years because it wasn't official.

For the past several years, every 2nd Saturday of October has been declared National Chess Day by the U.S. Congress. National Chess Day in 2014 is 11 October and National Chess Day in 2015 is October 10!

President Gerald Ford set the 2nd Saturday in October aside as a day "To give special recognition to a game that generates challenge, intellectual stimulation, and enjoyment for citizens of all ages."

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http://www.dates.abouttravelingtheworld.com/special-holidays/national-chess-day/#National_Chess_Day_Origin

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