International Chess Day is celebrated on July 20, every year as the founding day of World Chess Federation (FIDE). The concept of celebrating this was presented by UNESCO and this year marks FIDE’s 97th anniversary.

Chess is likely one of the oldest games of our era. It was invented in India in the fifth century and was then named “Chaturanga”. Later, the game moved to Persia, and when the Arabs invaded Persia, chess became an important part of the Muslim population’s existence, and it spread to Southern Europe from there. Chess took on its modern shape in Europe during the 15th century and evolved into a contemporary sport. Ever since then it has been a popular sport. Today, Chess competitions are held with fresh and interesting variations all around the world

Chess helps you increase your fluid intelligence and processing speed , elevates your creativity and enables you to enter a flow state , leads to better planning and strategy skills, and can improve the symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Studies prove that Electronic chess may help stave off a panic attack when you play on the right level. Playing Chess also increases the effectiveness of any mental therapy.

Here are few recommendations of books and movies related to chess


  • Chess 101 by Dave Schloss
  • Bobby Fischer teaches chess by Bobby Fischer
  • The steps method by Rob Brunia and Cor Van Wijgerden
  • Pandolfini’s Ultimate Guide to Chess by Bruce Pandolfini
  • Winning Chess strategy for Kids by Jeff Coakley
  • Tips for young players by Matthew Sadler
  • How not to play chess by Eugene A. Znosko-Borovsky
  • The art of checkmate by Renaud and Kahn

Movies , Documentaries and Series

  • Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
  • Magnus (2016)
  • Brooklyn Castle (2012)
  • Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)
  • The Queen’s Gambit (2020)
  • Pawn Sacrifice (2014)
  • Queen of Katwe (2016)
  • Geri’s Game (1997)