CHESS IS A SPORT, POST YOUR PROOF HERE

Elroch
chessroboto wrote

Probably the deciding question on why chess is not part of the regular Olympics is: Did the ancient Greeks have chess (or a similar event) in their roster of the original olympic games?


Obviously they didn't have chess, or even a closely related game, since chess is much more recent, and even it's predecessor, chatrang, was many centuries too late. But there are many events in the modern olympics that have no close analog in the ancient Greek olympics (eg all swimming, gymnastics, cycling - a lot of events needed to wait for the equipment to be invented Smile).

melekraukar

In high school I tried to get chess recognized as a sport, and succeeded after we won state.  We got a pep rally (the cheerleaders probably had no idea what was going on) and played a live bullet game projected on a screen in front of the school.

victhestick
melekraukar wrote:

In high school I tried to get chess recognized as a sport, and succeeded after we won state.  We got a pep rally (the cheerleaders probably had no idea what was going on) and played a live bullet game projected on a screen in front of the school.


Did you get "lettermen's" jackets?

chessroboto
melekraukar wrote:

In high school I tried to get chess recognized as a sport, and succeeded after we won state. 


Is chess still recognized as a sport in your high school or did it get demoted after you graduated?

chessroboto
Elroch wrote:
chessroboto wrote

Probably the deciding question on why chess is not part of the regular Olympics is: Did the ancient Greeks have chess (or a similar event) in their roster of the original olympic games?


Obviously they didn't have chess. But there are many events in the modern olympics that have no close analog in the ancient Greek olympics - a lot of events needed to wait for the equipment to be invented.


I imagine that the Olympic Committee's argument would then be: What does Chess represent in real life that tested a athelete's/warrior's "Strength, Speed or jumping/throwing Height?"

My guess is that these three physical charactereistics have expanded a fourth characteristic over the years to include: "Better." This covers the other events that are won through accuracy and performance such as archery and rifle shooting along with non-combative sports such as figure skating and diving.

They're just careful not to let every sport/game be part of the official Olympic events.

ivandh

It has come to my attention that the Winter Olympics is significantly less traditional than the Summer version. (they have snowboarding after all.) So I suggest we invent a variation called alpine chess. You and your opponent ski/skate/luge to the chessboard, the first one there gets white and whatever time you have left on the clock is what you play with. Or you just have to sit outside in the snow while playing, whatever.

melekraukar
chessroboto wrote:
melekraukar wrote:

In high school I tried to get chess recognized as a sport, and succeeded after we won state. 


Is chess still recognized as a sport in your high school or did it get demoted after you graduated?


I'm not actually sure. I'll have to ask the current team members.

chessroboto

BTW, is golf an official Summer Olympic sport?

If not, why?

Also, if golf isn't an olympic event, why is Curling an official Winter Olympic event?

ivandh
chessroboto wrote:

BTW, is golf an official Summer Olympic sport?

If not, why?

Also, if golf isn't an olympic event, why is Curling an official Winter Olympic event?


Because it is awesome! The rocks, the brooms, the Scotch- I mean Scots...

planeden

stephen hawking can play chess.  i think that limits the argument of the physicality of it. 

Wilbert_78

Let my first post here on the forum be a blunt one.

I think if something is a game or sport is defined by how much time and effort the player/athlete is putting into it. It is also defined by the goals of the player. To me, soccer is a game, when I am sure lots of people find it a sport. And to me playing on the top of my (very limited) knowledge, working to improve myself, reading books, training, wanting to become better... No chess ain't no game to me.

Wilbert_78

In Dutch we have a word btw for sports that aren't physical. It's called 'denksport' and that would translate to: thinking sport.

Knightvanguard
Wilbert_78 wrote:

In Dutch we have a word btw for sports that aren't physical. It's called 'denksport' and that would translate to: thinking sport.


That's neat.  Goes along with what  Blaise Pascal said, "Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.  

 

planeden
Crosspinner wrote:
Wilbert_78 wrote:

In Dutch we have a word btw for sports that aren't physical. It's called 'denksport' and that would translate to: thinking sport.


 

That's neat.  Goes along with what  Blaise Pascal said, "Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.  

 


we have a word for it in english, too.  we call them games. 

dragonbishop15

If anyone declines the fact that chess is a sport just tell them or ask them why there are soo much stuf for chess

pedalmasher

In that sport takes typically a combination of coordination, aerobic capacity, and physical strength and some of the biggest sports stars reside on the far left of the bell curve, how can chess not be considered a sport?  BTW, if you are trying to come up with an answer, the answer is "quite easily."  

ilikeflags

shiro_europa

both have eyes, so a nerd must be a jock.