New York, 20 July 2022 (TDI): On World Chess Day 2022, the United Nations (UN) brings the world’s attention to an opportunity to realize how chess encourages dialogue, solidarity, and a culture of peace.

UN declaration of World Chess Day

On 2019, December 12, the UN General Assembly officially adopted resolution 74/22. Therefore, 20 July was proclaimed World Chess Day.

Furthermore, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) was founded in Paris in 1924. Since 1966, chess players worldwide have celebrated July 20 as International Chess Day at the initiative of FIDE.

The UN acknowledges the ability of sports, arts, and physical activities to inspire people, dismantle racial and social barriers, fight against unequal treatment, and defuse conflict.

As a result, these activities help to advance sustainable development, solidarity, education, cooperation, peace, social inclusion, and health on a local, regional, and global scale.

Significance of Chess

In line with the significance of Chess, it is one of the oldest, most intellectual, and most cultural games. It combines aspects of art, science, and sport.

A common bond is developed which promotes dialogues among people for the passion for the game. Chess is a universal game that encourages justice, inclusiveness, and respect for others.

Because of this, it is important to note that it may support international tolerance and solidarity. In addition, Chess improves cooperation and friendly harmony among different people of the world. As well as promotes a culture of peace.

It can be practiced and performed by everyone, regardless of language, age, gender, physical ability, or socioeconomic standing. It is also a cheap and inclusive game. To learn more about the game, read this opening guide on chess.

Chess for Sustainable Development

Chess has significant prospects for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

These prospects include advancing gender equality, education, empowering women, valuing diversity, understanding, and respect among players.

The UN’s declaration of World Chess Day not only acknowledges the significant contribution made by the FIDE to chess-related international cooperation and efforts to promote friendly relations across the world but also provides a significant platform to foster, dialogue, solidarity, and a culture of peace.