Basketball , A Game of Chess
Terrence Romeo defending Tony Parker

Basketball , A Game of Chess

Oct 13, 2017, 6:18 PM |

There is an innate similarity between basketball and chess , a chess prodigy and a point guard: precision, calculation, recognition, visualization and timing among other qualities.

Perhaps the two are both visionaries within their craft. Observe a matchup of the best chess players and it is as though they can see patterns, or moves, inherent in their game before anybody else in the world. They are seemingly a couple of moves ahead of their opponent, and light years ahead of the rest of us.

That’s where the chess aspect of the position emerges. It’s a point guard thing.

One of the examples is Terrence Romeo . The Philippines Rising Basketball Superstar . One of the future of Philippine Basketball , have something else that others no else have , He is also a chess player . 

Yes , Terrence Romeo the phenomenal basketball superstar have a FIDE rating of 1200+ .  In an interview , he said that aside from basketball , he is really good at chess . But take note , he is really good that he is the representative of his school in chess back in the day , and That's where he get his FIDE rating .Yes , Even though that rating is considerably low , You have to point that a superstar basketball player that have a rating is something to brag about . 


So , is Basketball a Game of chess ?

A program at the Yonkers Housing Authority in New York State called “Smart Basketball”.

The young players were required to play chess prior to starting their basketball practice.

This program was instituted by Mr. Peter SmithExecutive Director of the YHA at the time.

So, how is basketball like a game of chess?

In James Case’s book, Competition – The Birth of a New Science, this question is asked:

“What do chess-playing, computer programs, biological evolution, competitive sports, gambling, alternative voting systems, public auctions, corporate globalization, and class warfare have in common?

The answer inevitably comes…

“All are manifestations of a new paradigm in scientific thinking, which James Case calls “the emerging science of competition.”

“…Case explores the common game-theoretic strands that tie these seemingly unrelated fields together, showing how each can be better understood in the shared light of the others.”

Another, recently published book, Spark! by Dr. John Ratey says:

“…excercise provides an unparelled stimulus creating an environment in which the brain is ready, willing and able to learn.”

“…physical exercise unleashes certain chemicals in the bloodstream, which leads to direct, positive changes in the brain. One of these chemicals is the protein called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), known for the impact it has on brain development.”

In other words, exercise makes us smarter…

So, what do you think?

If this is the case, shouldn’t chess be played after a strenuous game of basketball to improve your game, or, should you play chess before basketball to improve your slam dunk abilities?

I say, Peter Smith had it right, stretch the chess muscles, so in the case that you lose, perhaps letting off a little steam with a game of ball will cool you off.