On this day: US National Chess Day

Today is National Chess Day in the USA, an event based on a proclamation by President Gerald Ford in 1976. (Though it’s usually celebrated on the closest Saturday when people have more time to play!) Doubtless there will be much celebrating at the World Chess Hall of Fame, in St Louis, MO. It has a giant chess piece and smaller-but-still-larger-than-normal full board right outside its front door, and many exhibits about the game.

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