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drgandalf 2 ( +1 | -1 )
Is chess as sport a destructive use of chess?
themadphantom 3 ( +1 | -1 )
absolutely not Why would you think that?
mattafort 47 ( +1 | -1 )
it is NOT a sport It is not a sport
Chess has tried for years and years
to be a meber of the official Swedish Sports Association.
But they are not allowed.

From that can we understand chess is not a Sport.
It is more to be regarded as
An Intellectual Way of Playing A BoardGame.

What next?
Is Poker or Cardgames sport?
Is Hide and Seeek a sport?
Is Knitting a sport?

Somewhere we have to draw the line.
It is already said:
Anything is Politic and Anything is Culture.
And you shouldn't mix Religion and Politics.
Why not?
I wish I knew .....
silverwolfwsc 24 ( +1 | -1 )
its a great game but its not a sport. How would it qualify? You dont try to earn points, and even if you do try to consider the points system earning points, they are irrelevant, because you do not win based on them.

There are plenty of other things, but chess is a game, not a sport.

clemens 15 ( +1 | -1 )
silverwolf Is earning points a prerequisite for a sport? What about running, swimming, etc.?

That said, I don't really consider chess a sport either.
silverwolfwsc 19 ( +1 | -1 )
ok, how about this you either have to win by points or win by time. its funny, because you can say who is winning in any sport when the event is halfway over, but in chess, the game has hardly started when it is half over.
mate_you_in_fifty 30 ( +1 | -1 )
Like that old proverb... Chess is an ocean in which elephants can bathe and gnats may drink. Or something like that.
It's a game. It's also usually a sport. And at the highest levels,it's also a science because of the immense mathematical possibilities involved.
Just the way nobody can define whether agriculture is a business,art or science.
victord 3 ( +1 | -1 )
!?! A sport ?!? No, and golf isn't either.
It's a game.
tulkos 0 ( +1 | -1 )
Could somebody define sport?
silverwolfwsc 28 ( +1 | -1 )
definition According to American Heritage

1-Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.

-A particular form of this activity.

2-An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.
mattafort 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Physical Activity ... hmmmmm hmm ... physical activity

how about chess played using
chess pieces that weigh 100 kilo! (200 pounds)

that would do it - it is a SPORT
buddy2 6 ( +1 | -1 )
under this definition Under this definition picking up girls is a sport.
hugothebest2001 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Yes!!! Is chess a sport? Yes!!
Because you have to live for it.
Car racing is too a real sport. Why??
etc. etc.

Greetings Pascal
silverwolfwsc 16 ( +1 | -1 )
why is it that people feel that for a game to be worthy enough of playing, it must be a sport? Chess is a game, why do we feel it needs to be recognised as a sport?
invincible1 2 ( +1 | -1 )
all of you are wrong ;-) Chess is Life
blackdemon2007 17 ( +1 | -1 )
I was gonna post this topic...... I like chess a lot, but I do not think it is a sport. There is no strenuous activity involved in chess thus it is not a sport. Chess IS sport-like because it is a competition, but is not a sport.
sxyvoice 49 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess=/= General Sport , but ... As we know...
Bio-Chemical area...
male = XY
female = XX

Both R Human-beings ( Both R including X )
but not the same..

Chess = sports man ship + Mental area
NBA = sports man ship + Physical area
Both R including the spors man ship
but not the same..

so Chess is in a kind of the sports area ( Just I'v got to say... It depends on the range of area )

Chess =/= General sport ( Generally speaking
Chess is not a Sport )
But, we could say...
Chess = in a kind of ▶Mantal sport area
( Mantal >> Key point! )
bigkev 96 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess is a sport Today sport is measured not only in physical terms but also in mental terms. How often have you seen a player lose concentration in competition be it tennis, basketball, football (round or oval codes) and the other team/person scores or wins? In chess if someone loses concentration they may not lose the match but could create some serious problems for themselves.

These days elite chess players do maintain a fitness regime as it has been found that being physically fit helps concentration.

I believe lawn bowls has been classified as a sport. Physically there is not much effort in rolling a ball down a green but a lot of planning goes into where to place the ball.

Some sports like boxing are probably 80/20 ratio of physical to mental, perhaps football is 50/50, lawn bowls is 20/80 and chess is 1/99.

I don't think chess will ever be classified as a sport as it is not appealing to television.

skeeterss0 3 ( +1 | -1 )
maybe we could consider it a sport if we added cheer leaders
chessstar 30 ( +1 | -1 )
chess is sport! The original and lexical definition of sport is that the terms "sport" and "game" mean exactly the same. The conclusion is: chess is a game, and so chess is also sport. To my opinion the difference between "game" and "sport" lies in the intensity it is practised by one. I mean: "sport" is the 'professional' brother of "game".
drgandalf 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Is competitive chess destructive? On another post, I asked if chess as sport is destructive, but the subsequent messages turned to the question of whether chess IS a sport. The question is whether chess is destructive when played competitively.
drgandalf 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Is competitive chess destructive? On another post, I asked if chess as sport is destructive, but the subsequent messages turned to the question of whether chess IS a sport. The question is whether chess is destructive when played competitively.
winslow_hendershot 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Since this thread is now about whether or not chess is a sport, then I want to put my two cents in. But I'm broke. I've only got a penny. So here it is:

Chess is a sport. It is actually quite physically exhausting to play a 5 hour game of chess OTB (off track betting) without a break. So there! (winslow sticks out his tongue)
bluebabygirl 38 ( +1 | -1 )
any to me chess is a sport ,, a hobby ,,an artistic expression ,, a grand game ,,a essential part of my being . so to each thier own. chess can be many different things to many different people. but one thing I do know-- its absolutely the ultimate game . nothing compares and to me its an addiction that Im quite proud of!!!!!!!! yours -BBG -- never use an aspirin when a good game of chess will do!!
anaxagoras 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Define "sport."

It is impossible. Funny that professional chess players do a lot of the same preparation that atheletes do: exercise, diet, developing a positive image of the next match, etc.
seenee99 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Is it a sport?I don't know But if their were no draws in chess,i'm sure it would of been in the olympics
chessnovice 17 ( +1 | -1 )
... The Olympics isn't a determination of what is and isn't a sport, since it has evolved into moreless of a traditional variety show.

Because tell me... is synchronized swimming REALLY a sport??
olympio 11 ( +1 | -1 )
it should be Chess certainly should be a sport.. and there should be an olympic event.. no doubt about that
chessnovice 18 ( +1 | -1 )
... I disagree. Chess is just a game. The problem is that the word "sport" is starting to get misused just like "art" or "genius". It destroys the meaning of it all. No way is chess a sport by any means.
olympio 3 ( +1 | -1 )
alright but it should be an olympic "event"
kai_sim 23 ( +1 | -1 )
nopers it can't be Olympic, because you have the remis option.
in theory an entire tournament could be remis.
i guess they can't just afford so many gold medals then ;p

but i'm sure that without remis, it would be
bogg 31 ( +1 | -1 )
Blackburne (I hope I spelled that correctly) is said to have played his best chess when drunk. No matter how much being a better athlete improves a person's chess playing ability it is hard to call it a sport when you can compete while drinking a beer and smoking a cigar!
silverwolfwsc 5 ( +1 | -1 )
kai_sim what on earth is this 'remis' you speak of?
bogg 2 ( +1 | -1 )
silverwolfwsc remis is draw.
olympio 15 ( +1 | -1 )
are are there any other primarily intellectual olympic events? just out of curiosity.. i'm not trying to make a point.. i do believe chess should be in the olympics...
kai_sim 70 ( +1 | -1 )
hmmmm Message:
i don't think there are, all i can think of is athletic, and the little tactic they use, i wouldn't consider as "intellectual activity" (plz no offense to anyone)
earlier posts mentioned that after players lost their concentration, they lost the game - this is not what we are talking about!

back to the topic: i think to remember that there where studies with kasparov about physical exhaustion during important games - does anyone know what came out of it?

p.s.: i loved those comments about "picking up girls is sport", "Is Hide and Seeek a sport? / Is Knitting a sport?" and much more, thx so much guys, that was very funny
drgandalf 57 ( +1 | -1 )
I believe chess is a cultural experience, like Shakespeare or Plato, choreography or negotiation. To treat chess to the level of sport demeans the experience to pure competition.

Every negotiator knows that a win is really a loss, if the other side loses. When I play, I win only if I played well regardless of the game decision. When I have to play a cut-throat player, an overly agressive personality, I tend to stress up. No matter what the game result, I find the EXPERIENCE OF CHESS in that game to be uncomfortable.

For me chess is an EXPERIENCE, not a game, not a sport, not art.