National Chess Day - Special Events! FREE CHESS EVENTS on Saturday October 12 for National Chess Day. This day was designated by President Ford in 1976, "To give special recognition to a game that generates challenge, intellectual stimulation, and enjoyment for citizens of all ages." Celebrate National Chess Day with the Sarasota Youth Chess Club! Chess Club Officer Mark Hamel will be available to assist aspiring players of all ages. Read more about National Chess Day - Special Events!