Why Chess Is A Sport

Why Chess Is A Sport

GM Illingworth

Why is it that chess is officially recognized as a sport?

Sport is defined as follows by Oxford Languages:

An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another and others for entertainment.

There are several factors – some less obvious than others – that support the inclusion of chess as an official sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), SportAccord, and over 100 countries.

I share the four most important factors with you in my latest Youtube video, embedded below:

To summarize the video, chess is a sport, and is considered an official sport by the International Olympic Committee, SportAccord, and in over 100 countries - primarily for the following four reasons:

  1. Chess entails significant physical exertion.
  2. Chess is a highly competitive discipline.
  3. Chess has a very long history, tradition, and clear rules.
  4. Chess is purely a skill-based game.

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