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Chess is a sport

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Started: 12/19/2013 Category: Sports
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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urapai

Pro

Hello, I really want to have a debate with you after seeing your other debates. I will be in favour of the statement "Chess is a sport". You will be against such.
Zx32

Con

I'm always up for a challenge, and this is defiantly one. In this particular game, one has to wonder what the meaning of the word "sport" is on order to fully understand the context. If you go by the most popular definition, then no it is not a sport. Sport-
1.
an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.

Chess is not a sport, but it is an extremely challenging intellectual game.

Board game- noun
1.
a game, as checkers or chess, requiring the moving of pieces from one section of a board to another.
2.
any game played on a board.
Debate Round No. 1
urapai

Pro

Great points. Firstly however, you did not show your links, which does not prove that your definitions are valid.

Definition of sport:
"an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment" [1]

Defintion of exertion:
"physical or mental effort" [2]

In chess, you are physically moving pieces, while also exercising mental exertion. Just like in many other sports, where you move your body and think of strategies on where to move on the field, or court, or anything else. Since chess involves physical exertion, it is therefore a sport. People also watch chess for entertainment.

Chess is just as much as a sport has basketball and baseball.

sources:
1.http://www.oxforddictionaries.com...
2.http://www.oxforddictionaries.com...
3.http://chennai2013.fide.com...
Zx32

Con

I apologize for not supplying a source in my previous argument.

http://dictionary.reference.com...
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Now let's look at the game itself.

chess1 [ches] Show IPA
noun
a game played by two persons, each with 16 pieces, on a chessboard.

Game
3.
a competitive activity involving skill, chance, or endurance on the part of two or more persons who play according to a set of rules, usually for their own amusement or for that of spectators.

As you can see, chess is a game, not a sport.

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Debate Round No. 2
urapai

Pro

According to your definitions, it is a game is a "a competitive activity involving skill, chance, or endurance on the part of two or more persons who play according to a set of rules, usually for their own amusement or for that of spectators." However,sports are games to according to this definition. So sports are games to. Chess meets all the criteria of a sport.
Zx32

Con

Zx32 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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