• Chess a sport?

    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.

  • Exercising the Muscles.

    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.

  • Skill Is needed

    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'

  • Chess is 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.

  • Yeah, It Is

    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.

  • Chess is more painful then you think

    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

  • Chess is a sport but not an athletic 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.

  • Sport! Sport! 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!

  • Yes it's a sport

    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 requires considerable amount of energy.

    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.

  • Chess? Sport? No!

    What is a sport in your opinion ladies and gentlemen? Well it is a way of physical excretion to keep your body fit and healthy! So what do you do in chess? Sit all day and try to win. Well, yes it does exercise your mind, improving your logic skills but of course not your body. Thus, I don't find chess a 'sport'.

  • Chess is NOT A 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.

  • Too little physical activity.

    My Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sport as 1: a source of diversion; 2: physical activity engaged in for pleasure. Chess meets case 1, but not case 2, except perhaps for tournament situations where a chess master plays a large number of people at the same time (and may have to run between tables to keep the clocks from running).

  • A Board Game

    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.

  • It said in the story

    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.

  • No it's not

    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 Game

    Chess is a two-player board game believed to have been played in India as early as the sixth century AD. In different parts of this world, different chess games are played. The most played variants are western chess, Shogi (in Japan), and Xiangqi (in China).

    The western version of chess is a game played on an board, called a chessboard, of alternating black and white squares. Pieces with different types of allowed moves are placed on the board, a set of black pieces in the first two rows and a set of white pieces in the last two rows. The pieces are called the bishop (2), king (1), knight (2), pawn (8), queen (1), and rook (2). The object of the game is to capture the opponent's king.

  • A game, not a sport.

    Not, chess is not a sport. It is a game. It is a game that a lot of people are very passionate about and take very seriously, but it is a game nonetheless. To me, the definition of a sport requires you to be physically active, not just mentally active.

  • No way it's a sport!

    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.

  • No physical properties

    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.

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GWL-CPA says2013-08-15T17:20:21.400
Actually, the IOC recognized the FIDE or the “World Chess Federation” and the “Chess Olympiad,” a biennial chess tournament, which began in 1927. It did not recognize chess as a sport.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Olympiad was not recognized by the IOC until June 1999, when the IOC recognized the FIDE. The use of name "Chess Olympiad" for FIDE's team championship is of historical origin and implies no connection with the Olympic Games.
“FIDE at SportAccord: will chess ever become an Olympic sport?”
Back then, Ilyumzhinov was optimistic as always and said that there were "good chances". He decided to contact the IOC in Lausanne, and received the following reply:
"To answer your question, please note that Chess is considered a "Mind Sport" and as part of its systematic review of the Sports Programme in 2002 the Olympic Programme Commission concluded that "Mind Sports" should not be eligible for admission to the Programme and there has been no change to these conclusions since then. (...) Federations of sports which are not eligible to be considered for the Olympic Programme should be informed of this to avoid any unnecessary communication, lobbying and expense on their behalf."
People that think chess is a sport are mindless idiots!
GWL-CPA says2014-01-08T16:11:33.917
You folks that think Chess is a sport are delusional. You don't know what you are talking about. The Olympic Committee has never recognized chess as a sport.

"The USOC Membership & Credentials Commitee has not approved our application as an Affiliated Sports Organization. The sole reason was given as failure to show that USCF governs a "sport" -- the committee was not convinced that chess meets its definition of "sport."

I am a pretty good chess players and have played against Masters, no Grand Masters yet.

I was very good in sports and have played many. I have never sweated from chess during or after a competition because it is not a sport where body muscles are used. It can be called a mind sport because muscles are not used. Also, the brain is not a muscle.

Checkers is a mind sport that does not involve muscles where both players start with the same number of pieces and the winner has more skill.

So why not allow checkers in the Olympics?

Why not poker, contact bridge, backgammon and mahhong?

You don't have to train physically to be a Grand Master, and many have been out of shape and fat. You don't win a physical sport if you are out of shape and fat. Do you get it yet?

You don't use muscles in chess except to move chess pieces.

Sports require lots of muscles and physical training.

By the way for all you people who are mentioning auto or boat racing, those are motor sports. And, those motor sports require a lot of physical stamina (e.G., absorbing g-forces, steering and shifting gears for hours in very hot fire protection suites) and great hand and eye-coordination skills and you are risking your life. You will never see some very overweight out of shape person in those motor sports. And, most if not all the people in those motor sports do a lot of physical training

“NASCAR drivers have been known to lose up to 10 or more pounds during a race that can last over four hours.” Chess players do not lose any weight during a 4 hour chess match, because they do not do anything that is physically strenuous, which is way chess is not a sport but a game.

Many chess players are overweight and do not exercise.

“Chess players are the special group of sportsmen whose training programme and participation in tournaments do not demand high-intensity muscle effort. Sedentary lifestyle and improper eating of chess players may provoke the development of various diseases, especially overweight and obesity and reduce sport results.”

This argument that chess is a sport is just plain stupid and made by little egg heads, most of whom have never excelled in sports or even play sports at a higher competitive level, e.G., on a high school or college teams or professional sports where you are paid money.

Have you ever played a sport at the competitive level, e.G., on a high school team, college or pro sports teams?

I doubt it!