Here's a quote from the Washington Post Monday, September 17, 2007; Page C10
"Chess is an art and should be played in a creative way," opined Czech President Vaclav Klaus during his visit to the Czech Coal Carlsbad tournament, played under his auspices.
If you want to read the complete article it's at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/16/AR2007091601342.html
I like to think that there is a certain creative aspect to chess but the reality is that it's a logical process. If a computer can rule the chess board then there is no creativity required to win, since computers can't be creative and artsy.
What would justify chess as being an art anyways?