National Chess Day, October 9, 2012
Celebrate National Chess Day at the library by challenging someone to join you at one of our new chess tables on the first floor by Café au Lib. Simply present your Coyote OneCard at the Check-Out desk to obtain the chess pieces.
The precursors of chess originated in India during the Gupta Empire, where its early form in the 6th century was known as chaturanga, which translates as “four divisions (of the military):” infantry, cavalry, elephantry, and chariotry, represented by the pieces that would evolve into the modern pawn, knight, bishop, and rook, respectively. The variation familiar to Europeans and Americans traveled through Iran (Persia) to the main commercial centers of Italy and Spain by about 1000 A.D. The first official championship chess tournament was played in 1866, in London, with sandglasses to restrict the length of a game.
In the last part of the twentieth century, chess became a popular game for all age groups, genders, and ethnicities. Chess is truly one of the most popular and timeless games ever.
And while you’re in the library, please visit our chess display on the first floor by the stair case.