Chess around the world
Chess is one of the world’s most popular games which played by millions around the world. There is no need for a fancy place to play this game; chess can be enjoyed at home, clubs or even online. Chess defines the beliefs, culture and political status of each country around the world.
Chess is a recognized sport of the International Olympic Committee and international chess competition is certified by the World Chess Federation, which adopted the standard Staunton chess set in 1924 for use in all official games. The term “Grandmaster” is being bestowed to a world class chess master. In the Philippines, we recognized 17 grandmasters as of 2013. Some notable Pinoy chess grandmasters includes the popular Eugene Torre (1974), Rosendo Balinas Jr. (1976), Rogelio Antonio Jr. (1978), Wesley So (2007) and Enrico Sevillano (2012).
World Champion player GM Viswanathan Anand influenced the popularity of chess in India. As of 2013, two Indian nationals made it to FIDE World Rankings. It is also believed that chess originated from this country.
In Russia, chess is not just a simple game; it is a religion, compared to other countries where it is not even considered as a sport. Chess formed a major part in Russia’s political and socio-economic history that started during the 9th Century AD up to the present time. The winner of the 1948 tournament, Russian Mikhail Botvinnik, started an era of Soviet dominance in the chess world. Until the end of the Soviet Union, there was only one non-Soviet champion.
The U.S.A formed their official, non-profit US membership organization for chess players called The United States Chess Federation (USCF). The USCF represents the United States in the World Chess Federation (FIDE). In 2010, Samuel Sevian became a USCF master at the age of 9 years, 11 months and 11 days. He beat Nicholas Nip’s previous record by 3 days.
In my personal opinion, chess is already part of our society. It is played by passionate people who are willing to exert much time and effort in order to win the game. Through chess, a person can learn noble science and master game excellence. Experts believe that great chess players can rapidly perceive the key features of a position, which is more important than the ability to anticipate moves.
Around the world, we continue to produce great chess masters. Indeed, it is the best way to promote mental training. I hope that each country would create ways to encourage everyone to play chess. We can use chess to bring people to intelligent games that will give positive impact on the society.
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