INTERNATIONAL CHESS DAY CELEBRATION ON 20th July 2019
Assam Chess Club celebrated INTERNATIONAL CHESS DAY at its Snehabandhan Chess Learning Centre Guwahati premises today. Promising Chess Prodigy of the state Master Dhrupad Kashyap who recently bagged the silver medal in the under 16 category of the Commonwealth Chess Championship 2019 was felicitated during the program. Dhrupad also played chess with 20 upcoming chess players of the city simultaneously and managed to win all the 20 games. A movie show on chess was also held on the occasion. Another promising girl player of Assam Bidisha Sarma was also felicitated during the program.
The International Chess Day is celebrated annually on July 20, 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, after it was established by FIDE. FIDE, which has 181 chess federations as its members, organizes chess events and competitions around the world on this day
The day is celebrated by many of the 605 million regular chess players around the world. A 2012 poll showed that "a surprisingly stable 70% of the adult population has played chess at some point during their lives". This number holds at approximately the same level in countries as diverse as the US, UK, Germany, Russia, and India.