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20 July: World Chess Day

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Chess for Recovering Better

Throughout history, games and sports have helped humanity to survive times of crisis by reducing anxieties and improving mental health.

While the pandemic has forced most gaming and sports activities to scale down, chess has demonstrated remarkable resilience, adaptability...

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Chess is one of the most ancient, intellectual and cultural games, with a combination of sport, scientific thinking and elements of art. As an affordable and inclusive activity, it can be exercised anywhere and played by all, across the barriers of language, age, gender, physical ability or socia...

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Chess: Background

Chess is a two player strategy board game where the aim is to move different types of playing piece, each with a prescribed set of possible moves, around a chequered square board trying to capture the opponents ‘king’ piece.

Today there are over 2,000 identifiable variants...

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  • One theory is that an early game similar to chess called Chaturanga originated in Northern Indian Subcontinent during the Gupta period (~ 319 – 543 CE) and spread along the Silk Roads west to Persia.
  • In 900 CE, Abbasid chess masters al-Suli and al-Lajlaj composed works on the techn...

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  • On 12 December 2019, the General Assembly of UN proclaimed 20 July as World Chess Day to mark the date of the establishment of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in Paris in 1924.
  • Under initiative of FIDE, July 20 has been observed as International Chess Day...

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