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Let's now go over arguments and their critiques as to Why Chess Is A Sport!
People’s opinions on the matter of physical exertion vary, so what we really need is an official arbiter.
Fortunately, we have exactly this: The International Olympic Committee is surely the authority whose opinion matters most on such matters. To them, chess is considered a sport.
Because of the physical exertion (which is unquestionably there, though not easily seen), and the International Olympic Committee’s word, we have our answer to our original question: Is chess a sport?
Yes! Chess is a sport!
Still, the image and status of chess varies strongly from country to country. In the former Soviet Union and today’s Russia, for example, chess has always had a high status.
Many former World Chess Champions like Botvinnik, Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov, and Kramnik came from the Soviet Union, respectively Russia.
China is another country in which chess enjoys a very high-status today. The government grants plenty of financial support for the country’s best chess players. Therefore, it’s no surprise that China won the penultimate Chess Olympiad in Tromso 2014.
Several Chinese chess players like Ding Liren, Wei Yi, Li Chao, and Yu Yangyi managed to join the 2700-club within the last few years. The current world’s best female chess player, Hou Yifan, also comes from China.
Although chess is recognized as a sport in almost all countries of the European Union, countries like Germany only spend very little money on the promotion of chess. For this reason, it is tough to compete with countries like Russia or China when it comes to training the country’s best chess players.
So in the end this debate is put to rest by a bigger authority, however everyone is allowed their point of view. Keep in mind that all of the amazing chess players we know of have all proven time after time that chess truly is a wonder to be explored.
So regardless of whether you see it as a sport or not, it is without a doubt: a mind and body challenge like no other.
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I’ve always heard that the definition of sport includes a physical component, so if Kasparov tells me what moves to make, I can play just as well as Kasparov, but if Peyton Manning tells me what plays to make in a football game, there’s no way I can play like Peyton Manning.
So it’s not a sport in that sense.
Those who regard chess to be a sport (such as me) think of sports in terms of competitiveness. A sport, according to them, is a circumstance in which one person (or group of people) competes against another person (or number of people) in some environment, with a victor and loser determined. However, the setting must be complex or varied enough for the contestants to require some amount of preparation and talent in order to compete at a high level.
As an example, few people think of Tic-Tac-Toe as a sport. Why? A child can easily derive an optimal strategy for a variety of reasons. The competition isn’t large enough to have a “high level,” so you either get it or don’t.
Still some people against chess is a sport. They have a mentality where sport should be vigourous physical exertion. Chess requires a lot of pyschological to maintain the consistency while playing.