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I agree chess is not a sports. Hobby for nerds!? Absolutely not. Many nerds play chess but not all, not even by majority. I think less than 20% of chess players are nerds.
I wouldn't agree that simply caring about appearance in addition to "nerdiness" makes you more sophisticated. In some ways it can actually make a statement to not wear fancy clothing or perhaps cover up "flaws" on your face -- though some or many may avoid such things out of laziness, some may avoid it because they just don't evaluate themselves based on their looks. To be able to go out there without covering up your flaws looks-wise can send the message that you are not concerned about the people who will judge you for your looks, because you are already confident with yourself. In other words, that kind of person doesn't need to be praised by other people to feel confident because it's enough that this person convinced him or herself of their merits. If you know, for example, that you're a person with worthwhile qualities, and really believe that, then someone telling you otherwise won't convince you, as after all, you are the one who knows yourself the best.
If you compare that to someone who does evaluate themselves by how others say they look (among other things of course), such people in some ways are showing that they feel like they have to prove something to the world, as if otherwise they are not convinced that they are "good enough."
yeah i meantioned that @ the end of post 37 ... some people mistake someone not caring about another's opinion as social ineptitude...
It is possible to both not care and be social inept.
Yeah, there are a few of those around, they come out of the wood work once in a while....
TheGrobe: Depends on what you mean. Confidence wouldn't be an issue if one believed in himself or herself and literally felt nothing from opinions to the contrary (but in reality everyone will feel something from opinions sometimes as nobody is so black and white). They could, in any social situation, do whatever audacious thing they may dream of, not bound by humiliation.
On the other hand, this kind of person (in the purest sense) probably would be closer to the opposite of the life of the party hehe. For example this kind of person would probably pick their nose even with everyone looking -- he or she wouldn't care, but a lot of other people probably would
Why does it matter what it's called? It's fun.
I checked in my dictionary and it had about 8 different definitions for sport. Some included a physical activity and some did not. The first one (from Webster"s New World College Dictionary 4th edition) : "1. any activity or experience that gives enjoyment or recreation; pastime; diversion" clearly chess falls into this category. As far as whether chess players are nerds i think once you get past a certain age group (mid-20s?) you don't really care what label someone wants fit you into, you realize that you are many things and labels are just a shortcut for people who like to make things simple. As to whether the comments were funny well i guess you had to be there, but hardly original.
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I dunno if chess is a sport, it doesn't really matter to me.
Super hard to define a sport imo, is it about it being physical? In real life normal chess it doesn't matter much. In rl bullet chess being able to move more quickly is pretty important already.
If you'd make a gamestyle with 5 seconds each, it'll become entirely physical and purely about speed and reaction time. is that a sport? is bullet a sport? you might be up in horrible time trouble in normal chess as well, where speed and a short reaction time might benefit you.
quite a big grey area imo.
in sport you train parts of your body in order to get better or more powerful. As far as I remember the brain is still a part of the body ;)
in a chess tournament you sweat, burn a lot of calories, and millions of electric impulses shoot through your body. in the end you lift your arm to do what your brain ordered. it's not different from other sports. In other sports you will have just more external visible results of the process and in chess there is more internal work.
I looked up the definition of sport on the "internet" . . . where everything is true . . . and got this. It's the one I'm sticking with.
TheGrobe: Depends on what you mean.
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