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International Chess Day

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Published on Jul 18, 2018

Ep. 4 of Syne Shorts, "Calendar": International Chess Day.

"July 20th is International Chess Day
The classic board game of chess is thought to be a descendant of the game Chaturanga, which was developed in India around the 6th century AD and eventually evolved into the more modern form favored by philosophers, poets, and kings in late-medieval Europe.




With a virtually infinite amount of possible moves, chess has been used throughout the ages to teach war strategy and sharpen intellect.
Today it is played by people worldwide and includes in its list of players prodigies like Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fischer, and Magnus Carlsen.
No doubt, chess is one of the most culturally and historically iconic games of all time."

Pendlum's Pick:
From Chaturanga came Shatranj
And from Shatranj came Chess;
Now humans, AIs, and centaurs alike
Play to see who can play best!

Syne Key words for further research: World Chess Federation; Garry Kasparov; Bobby Fischer; Magnus Carlsen; Wilhelm Steinitz; Chaturanga; Shatranj; Deep Blue; Chess960; Shannon number; centaur chess

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