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maximus_pondus 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Is Chess a sport? Does anyone know if chess is considered a sport or not? I've heard it mentioned on Sportscenter before. I think it is or at least should be. Anyone else?
brobishkin 27 ( +1 | -1 )
Warning "REPEAT THREAD"... This has already been discussed at gameknot maximus ponderous... I said it then and will say it again... Chess is a sport... One must be physically fit to endure the lengthy tournaments at the professional levels... There is a plan and a score involved... And it's played on a national level...

Bro...
danmesser 21 ( +1 | -1 )
You might as well ask... if thinking, as done in chess, is a sport.
as long as you don't consider sport just a pshysically matter the answer is "yes".

and... what about the "state of mind" factor which is often required in classsical sports?...

Dan
mikhail_tal 3 ( +1 | -1 )
is chess a sport? I'd say no. If a computer and my grandma can do it, its not a sport.
a_professional_idiot 17 ( +1 | -1 )
FIDE They must be trying very hard to get it recognized as a sport, because they follow all of the IOC anti-doping rules... check their site if you don't believe me!
druleeparsec 47 ( +1 | -1 )
The IOC (International Olympic Commitee) has just announced that chess shall not be considered an Olympic sport. In their definition a sport must require "physical exertion" not just physical and mental training. Mig Greengard will have an article on chessbase.com about how this effects the drug testing issue in the next few days (or at least that's what Mig told me).

There is also some discussion of this over at Mig's site at www.chessninja.com
nootropil 1 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess is SCIENCE!
v_glorioso12 4 ( +1 | -1 )
chess is a lot of things... sport
game
science
art
warfare
adrianallen 4 ( +1 | -1 )
It can also be a career for somepeople.

For me it is just a game.
triangulator 32 ( +1 | -1 )
I would say yes there is the thrill before you sit down like when you are getting ready to swim. you get tierd, it is very demanding physically and mentally. there are teams, it can come to blitz, yah I would say it is a sport, I am more teird from a tourney day than I am from a christmas trianing day( the hardest trianing in any sport 6 hrs a day- 2 weeks)
r_lawrence 15 ( +1 | -1 )
if Race Car Driving ... ... can be considered a sport, I would say chess can be too! And its too bad about the decision by the olympic commitee. Chess would be incredible as an Olympic team event ... ah well.
furious 6 ( +1 | -1 )
. If baseball is considered a sport, I dont see why chess shouldn't
peppe_l 76 ( +1 | -1 )
My two cents... Race car driving can hardly be compared to chess. For example F1 drivers experience over 5 Gs and may lose 4-5 kilos of weight during one race. One needs to be in great condition to even drive those cars more than lap or two. Of course, not all forms of racing require such a physical fitness.

Also, not all sports are about strenght or endurance, some are about reflexes and coordination (like shooting). Even though being in good physical condition helps in (OTB) chess, it is not required to play the game well.

The definition of sports has changed a lot - very often sports means COMPETITION, but here I disagree. Competition isnt necessarily sports, and that is why I dont see chess a sport. Even at top levels.

Of course, to me its just a game :-)
richardgee2001 16 ( +1 | -1 )
What about sports like snooker and darts - surely these do not have significant "physical exertion" and yet no one would consider these non-sports.
peppe_l 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Still Snooker and darts are about physical activity. Surely not about strength or endurance, but accuracy etc. And Im not so sure about "no one" - at least to me both these are borderline cases.
parrvert 35 ( +1 | -1 )
richardgee2001 I wouldn't consider them sports. Snooker and especially darts are pub games, however they are watchable on TV because they are faster and it is easier to tell who is winning. Hence TV companies can show them under the name "sport". If there was a sudden demand for chess on TV then I think they would probably call it a sport.
parrvert 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Good point peppe_l While I don't consider darts a sport it at least requires co-ordination.