Is chess a sport or game?

bullethunder

Is chess a sport or game? Post your ideas.

 

Btw, I think its a game.

SFelty
Well, I could go either way. I guess I would consider it a game if it is just for fun , but a sport if it is competitive. I think almost anything that you can play in a tournament or for a championship could be considered a sport.
Kingpatzer

Yes.

Peedee
Noun: An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others. There is no physical exertion in chess. Mental exertion does not Count as that would make crossword puzzles a sport.
bullethunder

Its a game. Also, HE'S WATCHING YOU.
JBades6310
Peedee wrote:
Noun: An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others. There is no physical exertion in chess. Mental exertion does not Count as that would make crossword puzzles a sport.

well said

eddiewsox
uhohspaghettio wrote:

This is a meaningless and useless discussion, completely irrelevant to anything and arbitrary to one's one interpretation of those words.  

Whether you consider it a game or a sport has only to do with what you associate with those words. Your interpretation of those words.  Having said that, any fair-minded person can surely see that chess is in no way a sport according to the ordinary, traditional English usage of the word, and I find that anyone who starts arguing it is because some committee said it is and how dare we sleight the precious game a bit strange. It's no insult to say chess is not a sport, the reason they push chess for being a sport is because for technical reasons it has to be so they can push it at schools, try to make it part of the olympics, etc.

Firstly, every sport is also a game, from my understanding of the terms, so it's not "or" a sport. From my understanding of the terms sports carry a certain degree of either physical dexterity or physical stamina... chess involves neither of those (INB4 "long tournaments require stamina"... I know that, the fact is that this is not intrinsically part of the rules of the game, it is part of the organization of the events, and it's stupidly overemphasized anyway, maybe some extreme-stamina chess events could be counted as a sport for reasons of stamina, that's it).


"This is a useless and meaningless discussion" which requires two long parapgraghs to explain.

Ben_Dubuque

Now if it were Chess-boxing, then I would call it a sport, with my favorite opening being the Tweetybird gambit (1.f3 e6 2. h4 KO 1-0)

eddiewsox

A long time ago, when I was in high school, there was a debate over whether or not the chess team should get letterman jackets. The jocks said no way and won out, no letters for the chess team. 

Kennyrook

I think its a sport.ps stop tacking my ideas

seely
paulgottlieb wrote:

If Stephen Hawking can play it, it's a game.


 Oh man that made me laugh!

DENVERHIGH

The Olympic committee gives credence to sports in the Olympics. They say it's a sport, but Chess is one of the ones that they believe have to much mechanization.

Ben_Dubuque

yes Denver

Peedee
Chess was an Olympic EVENT, not a sport. If the Olympic committee decided to make knitting an event knitting would still not be a sport although knitting is a hell of a lot more physical than chess.
Zac86
Peedee wrote:
Noun: An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others. There is no physical exertion in chess. Mental exertion does not Count as that would make crossword puzzles a sport.

 No physical exertion in chess? Have you ever competed or watched a tournament? Or have you ever listened to Chess greats talk about the neccesity to be physically fit? Believe it or not, a 5 hour game of chess can be absolutely exhausting (physically). Also, there's the element of time with competitions. It is most definitely a sport. Magnus on wheaties box anyone??

waffllemaster
JBades6310 wrote:
Peedee wrote:
Noun: An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others. There is no physical exertion in chess. Mental exertion does not Count as that would make crossword puzzles a sport.

well said


If you have to quote a dictionary to make a point, then you're an idiot :p

Here's the part of the google search he left off.

Synonyms:

noun.  fun - game - play - amusement
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Also using your brain is physical exertion (the brain is part of the body lol), I think you should be more specific if you meant something else.

Need to lose some flab? Sit your big butt down with a math book-and feel the burn. The human brain is a 24-hour workhorse. While you´re thinking, millions of neurons fire messages back and forth to each other and to the various tissues in the body. These neurons need fuel, consuming a full 75 percent of the blood sugar from the liver and 20 percent of the body´s total used oxygen . . .

Simply to survive, your brain requires a tenth of a calorie per minute. Compare this with a walk to the doughnut shop, when your body burns approximately four calories a minute. Kickboxing zaps 10 calories a minute. And when you´re hunched over a crossword puzzle? Your brain is blasting through a respectable 1.5 calories a minute.

bonsai622
jetfighter13 wrote:

Now if it were Chess-boxing, then I would call it a sport, with my favorite opening being the Tweetybird gambit (1.f3 e6 2. h4 KO 1-0)


Nuff said.  Thank you jetfighter13.  If it was mixed martial chess arts (MMCA), then, yes, it would probably be a sport.  Since it's not, and only the occasional board flip is observed...It's simply a game.

waffllemaster
DENVERHIGH wrote:

The Olympic committee gives credence to sports in the Olympics. Is Chess one of them?

 


This is a good question to consider when thinking about how society defines sports.

It's interesting many of the dictionary definitions allow chess to be filed under sport, but not for the reasons I would have thought.  Like snkfelty in post #2, the part of chess I think of as a sport is the competitive aspect.

UnratedGamesOnly
bullethunder wrote:

Is chess a sport or game? Post your ideas.

 

Btw, I think its a game.


If you have ever played in a tournament then you know that chess is a sport.  It requires good physical conditioning, the ability to maintain hours of concentration.  Preparing for a tournament and or match requires as much physical preperation as mental.  Refer to the first Karpov vs. Kasparov match and how much weight Karpov lost during the match. 

waffllemaster

It's certainly a game to many people though.  They pull it out of the closet like monopoly or connect 4 on a rainy day.  I'm guessing if you bought a set at wal mart it'd be in the board game section (or something like that) not sporting goods :)