By Presidential Proclamation - October 9th - National Chess Day in America
By Joan DuBois   
August 28, 2006

            You Can Be A Part Of It!

October 9, 1976, President Gerald Ford, the nation’s thirty-eighth president,

declared National Chess Day. As we approach that date, and the 30th anniversary

of its inception, we would encourage state and local clubs to commemorate the

day in some way, perhaps with a tournament or an education program about

chess in their communities.


Interestingly, National Chess Day began in South Carolina. It was created by

the late Bill Dodgen, who was President of the South Carolina Chess

Association for a number of years. It was originally a state chess day in

South Carolina, but Bill quickly expanded it to a nationwide effort, and

was appointed National Chess Day Chairman. Bill’s idea was to encourage

local and state chapters to organize events to bring in beginners and others

who played chess but had not joined the USCF.


We can continue Bill’s vision by establishing special tournaments, community

awareness events, and even contacting your local media. This is a great

opportunity to expand Chess Awareness.

After your National Chess Day event, be sure to email any articles or

information to Chess Life editor Daniel Lucas, [email protected].

Photos are also appreciated.