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National Chess Day!
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 8 of October, repeating indefinitely
It’s National Chess Day! Celebrated each year on the second Saturday of October, the day encourages a greater appreciation for the game and gives chess enthusiasts another excuse to play. ♟♟♟
Some version of chess has been popular for over 1000 years! Several notable Americans played chess, including Benjamin Franklin, who waxed, “It is so interesting in itself, as not to need the view of gain to induce engaging in it; and thence it is never played for money.”
Helga Ancher and Engel Saxild playing chess in the home on Markvej in Skagen, Michael Peter Ancher, c. 1905
-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Media and Digital Content Associate