Throughout history, games & sports have helped humanity to survive times of crisis by reducing anxieties & improving mental health.The United Nations recognizes that sports, the arts & physical activity have the power to change perceptions, prejudices & behaviours, as well as to inspire people, break down racial & political barriers, combat discrimination & defuse conflict & therefore contribute in promoting education, sustainable development, peace, cooperation, solidarity, social inclusion & health at the local, regional & international levels. On 12 December 2019, the General Assembly proclaimed 20 July as World Chess Day to mark the date of the establishment of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in Paris in 1924. Under initiative of FIDE, July 20 has been observed as International Chess Day by chess players around the world since 1966.
— chess/chaturanga /shatranj is an ancient Indian game & spread to Persia & other parts of the world, over centuries. — It is possible to checkmate an opponent in chess in two moves. — The oldest living Grandmaster is Yuri Averbakh who celebrated his 100th birthday in May 2022.
—The player who would truly upset Russian dominance in the modern times was not a citizen of another country but an IBM computer called ‘deep blue’.It’s triumph over Gary kasparov in 1997 was the first time a machine had defeated a sitting champion.
Today chess software is capable of constantly defeating the best human player.But just like the game they’ve mastered, these machines are products of human ingenuity & perhaps the same ingenuity will guide us out of this apparent checkmate. .
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