July 20 is considered to be International Chess Day all across the globe. Chess is one of the indoor sports which is played very popularly in all parts of the world. It is said that playing chess helps the person enhances a person's memory and keeps it sharp. Several reports have also claimed that the sport avoids the risk of Alzheimer which actually is a sort of memory loss. Probably because it helps exercising both sides of your brain. Now on this day, let's have a look at the significance and the relevance of the day. Viswanathan Anand was My Idol, When I Used to Play Chess, Says Yuzvendra Chahal.

The idea of celebrating the day was given by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, i.e. UNESCO the international body of the United Nations. The celebration of day has been going on since 1966 after it was established by FIDE. FIDE, which has 181 chess federations as its members.  As recently as 2013, the international chess day was celebrated in 178 countries, according to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Here's how the International Chess Federation and other chess lovers are is celebrating the day today.

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India has also produced many chess players including Vishwanathan Anand, Koneru Humpy ad many others. We wish chess lovers a very Happy International Chess Day!

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