Celebrating International Chess Day: July 20: Snapshots in History

July 20, 2018 | John P.

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July 20 is International Chess Day! July 20 gained such recognition from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1966 to commemorate the founding of the World Chess Federation (known also as la Fédération Internationale des Échecs and by its French acronym FIDÉ) on July 20, 1924 in Paris, France. FIDÉ’s Latin motto is Gens una sumus (= We are one people). The Chess Federation of Canada (CFC) is Canada’s representative organization in FIDÉ, one of some 188 national chess federations represented around the world.  FIDÉ regularly organizes the World Championship Cycle and World Chess Olympiad.

Whether you are a competitive tournament chess player or you just simply like chess and want to learn more about the game, Toronto Public Library has a variety of books and ebooks that can be borrowed with a valid Toronto Public Library card.

Consider the following selected (but by no means exhaustive) list of titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:

Encyclopedia of chess wisdom the essential concepts  strategies  tactics  and mates of the opening  middlegame  and endgame   Get into chess   Winning chess openings learn 25 essential opening strategies today!  

303 tricky checkmates   200 Chess endgame challenges   Checkmates for winning chess players how to win mate opponents & win chess games  

303 crushing chess tactics easy to hard tactical challenges   100 easy checkmates 1 and 2 move checkmates to challenge your skills   Carlsen vs. Karjakin World Chess Championship  New York 2016  

Learn from Bobby Fischer's greatest games     Deep thinking where machine intelligence ends and human creativity begins        365 chess master lessons take one a day to be a better chess player  

51 Chess openings for beginners     A to Z chess tactics every chess move explained     What it takes to become a Grandmaster    

David vs Goliath chess how to beat a stronger player   Chess for the gifted & busy a short but comprehensive course from beginner to expert    Fischer move by move  

The chess player's bible illustrated strategies for staying ahead of the game    The new art of defense in chess    U.S. Chess Federation's official rules of chess  

From GM to top ten   Tactics time 1001 chess tactics from the games of everyday chess players    Study chess with Tal