United Nations – World Chess Day

UNPA - World Chess Day

World Chess Day is celebrated annually on 20 July. The General Assembly proclaimed this day to mark the date of the establishment of the International Chess Federation in Paris in 1924.

The United Nations recognizes that sport, the arts, and physical activity have the power to change perceptions, prejudices and behaviours, as well as to inspire people, break down racial and political barriers, combat discrimination and defuse conflict, thus contributing to the promotion of education, sustainable development, peace, cooperation, solidarity, social inclusion and health at the local, regional and international levels.

Chess is an ancient, intellectual, and cultural game, and it encompasses elements of sport, science, and art. As an affordable and inclusive activity, it can be played anywhere and by all, across the barriers of language, age, gender, physical ability or social status.

Chess is a global game that promotes fairness, inclusion, and mutual respect, and it can contribute to an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding among peoples and nations.

The UNPA celebrates World Chess Day on 20 July 2022 with a special event sheet of 10 stamps, issued for the Vienna office in the denomination of € 1,00.

Special event sheet specifications:

Stamp size: 40.6 mm x 29.8 mm

Tab size: 26.6 mm x 29.8 mm

Sheet size: 279.4 mm x 215.9 mm

This special event sheet may be personalized with a photograph replacing the United Nations emblem. Customers are invited to visit the UNPA stamp shops in New York, Geneva or Vienna, or upload their photographs to the UNPA website: unstamps.org