Chess is not a sport. You are sitting on your butt and moving game pieces, that's not a sport, that's a board game. And honestly, this is why Americans are fat, because people think that chess is a sport. It's like saying that eating ice cream is healthy, just stupid. Really guys, come on. Do you honestly think that chess could be a sport? No way, just get real. America needs to go back to how it was a long time ago where people actually worked and went outside to play, not calling chess a sport. Just wow.
Chess exercises the most important muscle, the brain. While we glorify the typical large-muscled athletes in physical sports these chess players, who worked just as hard, are given the short end of the stick. A sport is a activity that competes team or individual against team based on skill, what chess does.
Most definitions of the word 'sport' state something along the lines of a sport needing physical prowess or skill. Chess is a game of skill and reactions, and even predicting. At the same time, for something to be considered a sport, it must be done competitively, which chess is always done. Anyone who argues otherwise has probably never played chess or does not understand the concept of a 'sport'
It is a sport because people sweat during the game and you can get finger cramps. Just like any other sport it requires skill and a true mindset to the game. Plus they cant deflate chess pieces so it should be fine. They cant cheat. Unlike the patriots. This is the sport of the year.
Most consider something a sport based on the idea it must require physical exertion. That's a fairly arbitrary standard, considering each sport requires a different degree and focus of physical strength. Is American football more of a sport than baseball? If not, then chess is as much of a sport as curling (curling has even been called "chess on ice"). Right now, there are five recognized "mind" sports by the International Olympic Committee: go, draughts, poker, bridge, and chess. It seems that since people don't notice the mental torture players go through in chess matches, it can't be a sport. Championships require multiple matches, each requiring an extensive amount of focus. Some people disagree (usually casual players and non-players), but tournaments are exhausting. Chess is truly a sport of endurance. Chess is a wonderful mix of sport, art, and science.
Americans are the thirtieth dumbest people in the world, because wear tuned to much in football, and baseball, and more, because its fun, but chess is fun and gets you straight a's and russians are beating us in this sport, so we need to focus on chess. Its time to show the russians that we americans are number one
Several Norwegian newspapers have debated this but the truth was decided by the Olympic committee who dignify it as a sport. The Norwegian newspapers also dignify it as a sport because the definition of a sport complies with chess but the definition of athletic is completely different. In conclusion chess can be dignified as a sport but it cannot be dignified as an athletic sport.
Definition of sport: 'an activity involving exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.'
Competitive players play for hours and hours of continuous skill demanding, exhausting, tactical chess. Maybe a 10 min game at home is different, but the professionals are sportsmen!
Chess involves competing against a single or multiple individuals. Yes it's a board game but can be done on an official competitive level. It involves critical thinking, math, and problem solving. Many people are confused when they think sports MUST be physical, that's not true. Yes the majority of your typical sports usually involve physical activity. Nobody is denying that. I have found that most people who think chess is just a board game have never touched a chess piece in their life. Source: Two time state championship competitor.
It is a very well-known fact that every professional chess player must train on a daily basis. That ise very similar to other branches of sport, as to say, athletics. Apart from this, chess has its own rules, scoring methods, special equipment and various types of tournaments. It is much more than a simple game.
The legal definition of a sport is "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 something that requires any physical or athletic activity whatsoever. People are just trying to make themselves feel better by saying chess is a sport. If your not active, it's not a sport.
The definition of sport is: 'an activity involving physical exertion and skill which individuals or teams play another or others,' quoted from Google. How many people sweat, tear muscles or go to their physical limits playing chess? Chess is a board game not a sport. It is something that you play on a rainy day.
It's a great game for the mind and logical but not a sport it's not physical and it requires just moving a game piece.In Basketball it's physical and Competitive it makes the body more fit and heathly.Chess is competitive but not Physical and it doesn't make the body fit but it helps the brain create mroe soloutions in certain situations.So in Conclusion chess is not a sport.
Chess is a board game. Granted, it is skill-based, it's not a game of sheer chance like Chutes and Ladders, Mouse Trap, or Candy Land, but it is still a bored game. The players sit sedentary and move pieces around on a Checker board. Checkers is also a skill-based board game. If one wants to claim Chess is a sport, it would logically follow he must claim Checkers as a sport as well, and no one seems willing to do that. It's ridiculous.
You don't run like in soccer football or baseball tennis basketball a marathon out. Second what do you even do its not like you exercise or any thing like that. Third what do do pretty much nothing you just sit down and move pawns kings queens and knights. Clearly chess is not a sport OK.
Chess shouldn't be a sport because it does not require physicaly tiring actions. Yes this GAME requires you to be pretty smart but you are not moving around like all other sports. You have to be physically smart but, that doesn't matter its not a sport to me period.! I really think it shouldn't be a sport. Sorry to all chess players.
As many have pointed out, this debate really comes down to the definition of the word "sport." According to most definitions, the word "sport" implies that the given activity requires physical exertion. While chess is a competition involving a high level of skill, this skill is mental, not physical. Some might argue that chess is physically demanding; however, this is not the same as the terms in which sport is defined. The element of being physically demanding comes as a result of the amount of time, level of stress, and possibly other factors. But similarly, this could be said of many other games and activities, such as Bridge, Checkers, video games... A sport, on the other hand, is an activity in which the main focus is the skill involved in physical exertion. It is defined by the physicality, rather than just including physicality in its definition.
If you search the word "sport" in a dictionary, you would find something like "An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others", which believe me, does not comply with the game play of chess. First off, there is no physical effort apart from your fingers. Literally, nothing. You wouldn't, therefore, need to prepare physically to a chess match.
Now, some people may say it's a "mental" sport. There is no such thing. Does it require skill? Yes, and a lot. But you cannot divide sport into "mental" and "physical" because it is redundant. The word "physical" is, not only, implied in the word, but also printed on the definition in the dictionary.
If you would still like to consider it a sport, be my guest, but don't go out showing off you're an athlete and you have to prepare for a chess match. The only thing you would have to do to prepare for a chess match would be a good night's sleep, a light breakfast, and an exercise match.
My opinion is that things like chess should just be classified as a "mind sport." I really respect people who play highly competitive levels of chess because it awes me to see how skilled they are, but to try to classify it as a sport alongside things like wrestling or track is just too much and will cause a lot of disagreements. Yes, some argue that because you use your brain a lot it is a sport, but that would make it seem like kids taking tests are doing the same so you'd have to classify literally almost every person in the world as some type of an athlete. Physical sports were created so that people can compete for their self-entertainment and the entertainment of observers so that they can show how much they can strive physically. Chess is a mind sport, not a physical sport.
The reason I have decided to make chess not a sport is there is no physical movement involved. To make an activity a sport, there must be some physical actions involved. Football is a sport. Tennis is a sport. However, chess is not. Video games are not. This is why chess is not a sport.