Is Chess a sport?

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  1. Perfect7

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    Have your say. Do you think Chess is a sport or not? If so, why?
     
  2. Starshine

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    IMHO, I believe it to be a type of sport. This isn't a physical sport, but a mental one.
    It takes training, dedication and skill to advance through the ranks as a professional player.
     
  3. hopper

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    the dictionary.com definitions of sport
    it would fall into some of the above definitions, particularly #3,17 and perhaps 18 and to some extent 23
     
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  4. Starshine

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  5. Perfect7

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    Errrr... I meant a real sport. Not just sporting around...

    Interesting article starshine :)
     
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  6. hopper

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    i guess it depends on how you define sport, as i mentioned it fits into some of the definitions of sport but it could also be argued to simply be a game of skill and strategy
     
  7. tektrnica

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    yeah, i woudnt say it was a "sport" as such, but hoppers idea would fit better. That its a game of skill and strategy. You wouldnt call Command and Conquer a sport really,, roughly the same sort of thing....... in a way :p
     
  8. Zangetsu

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    chess is a sport cause there are championships being held
     
  9. Smith6612

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    I consider it more or less a board game than a sport, but it is competitive, but that doesn't make it a sport in my book.
     
  10. Sohail

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    I don't think it is a sport, otherwise all board games, including games like Monopoly and stuff like that would be declared a sport too.
     
  11. Death Zone

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    i think its a mental sport
     
  12. tektrnica

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    thats one of the most blind statements EVER. lol

    theres a gaming championship for most online FPS games.... you gonna tell me Counter Strike is a "sport" ? :\ hahahahaa
     
  13. noerrorsfound

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    Yes. Why not? Professional gamers make money and have to train, just like a football player would.
    A sport doesn't have to involve lots of running. How about you say why gaming isn't a sport?
     
  14. tektrnica

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    because the general definition of "sport" is...

    "1.
    a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.
    b. A particular form of this activity.
    2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively."

    Lets see... oooooooo counter strike, physical exertion of the fingers.... :\ no thank you. ill leaving the online gaming whether competativly or not to just that "gaming" i play in online gaming leagues, i have done for years, but at no point will i ever class sitting at a pc, playing a game (for any reason) as a sport.
     
  15. Spartan Erik

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    Although it doesn't involve physical exertion, it requires mental exertion (if you're good at least). I wouldn't be able to call it a sport like football, but it could be in its own genre of sport.
     
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    IMO, its not a sport. Its an activity that requires logic, critical thinking, and being able to predict your opponent.
     
  17. arsonistx

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    I wouldn't consider chess to be a sport. There is no activity involved. It is a strategy game, no doubt.
     
  18. noerrorsfound

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    From the same list you took those from, you conveniently skipped over this:
     
  19. TechAsh

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    In my opinion it is not a sport but a game that involves thinking and strategy. I define a sport as 'a game/activity that involves physical activity', whereas I define a game as 'an activity that passes time'.
     
  20. Jesse

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    For me chess is not a sport... i classify it as a Mind Game... :p
     

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