88 Years of FIDE and International Chess Day Celebration
FIDE has been around precisely for 88 years as of today. The 20th July is also an International Chess Game since 1964.
The federation was founded on 20th July 1924. Plans of a international chess federation has been presented in 1914, ten years earlier. An initiative started in St. Petersburg, but the outbreak of World War I has ceased any attemps in estabilishing such an organization.
The FIDE itself was founded in the year 1924 in Paris and its founding has been related to the 8th Olympic games, also held in Paris the same year. The abbreviation FIDE is itself French for Fédération Internationale des Échecs (International Federation of Chess, commonly translated as World Chess Federation). In the early years, FIDE was poorly-financed and held little power.
Since then, the federation grew to become the leading organization in world’s chess. It organizes the World Championship, Chess Olympiad and encompasses 158 national organizations.
The date of its foundation, 20th of July, has been celebrated as the International Chess Day since 1964. You may commemorate it by playing a game at ChessFriends.com. :)
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