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  1. 13 Dec '08 04:58
    here's a question many people have asked me. Is chess a sport? What do you think?
  2. Subscriber SmookieP
    Lead, Follow, or..
    13 Dec '08 05:09
    Originally posted by jman566
    here's a question many people have asked me. Is chess a sport? What do you think?
    www.dictionary.com defines sport as:

    "An athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc."

    Judging by this, absolutely not.
  3. 13 Dec '08 05:13
    Originally posted by SmookieP
    www.dictionary.com defines sport as:

    "An athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc."

    Judging by this, absolutely not.
    First of all chess does require skill. If there was no skill involved, then we'd would be as good as Weyerstrass. Chess is very competitive and so therefore by your definition chess is a sport
  4. 13 Dec '08 05:51 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by jman566
    First of all chess does require skill. If there was no skill involved, then we'd would be as good as Weyerstrass. Chess is very competitive and so therefore by your definition chess is a sport
    All well and good. But there is no phyicallity involved. not a sport. If your looking to tell your wife that your going to work out with the guys, only to play chess Hmm....
  5. 13 Dec '08 05:58
    Originally posted by YEAH BOY
    All well and good. But there is no phyicallity involved. not a sport. If your looking to tell your wife that your going to work out with the guys, only to play chess Hmm....
    There is phyicallity (don't think that its a word) in chess. Sitting down and playing a game for lets say, an hour will put one through fatigue.
  6. Subscriber SmookieP
    Lead, Follow, or..
    13 Dec '08 06:00 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by jman566
    There is phyicallity (don't think that its a word) in chess. Sitting down and playing a game for lets say, an hour will put one through fatigue.
  7. 13 Dec '08 06:01
    Originally posted by SmookieP
    aww ok
  8. Subscriber Scotty70
    Super IT/Telco man
    13 Dec '08 07:21
    Originally posted by jman566
    aww ok
    It's funny that this question was asked. Here is a story that will add a little fuel to the discussion.
    http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/8933266/Refused-urine-test-ignites-chess-doping-scandal?MSNHPHCP&GT1=39002
  9. 13 Dec '08 08:45 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by SmookieP
    www.dictionary.com defines sport as:

    "An athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc."

    Judging by this, absolutely not.
    have you ever worked up a sweat playing darts, snooker or pool? or are these not sports also?
  10. 07 Jan '09 12:10
    it is a thinksport.
    My chessclub say:it is a sport
  11. Standard member Phlabibit
    Mystic Meg
    07 Jan '09 17:13 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by SmookieP
    www.dictionary.com defines sport as:

    "An athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc."

    Judging by this, absolutely not.
    Why are you ignoring the other definitions?

    Chess IS a sport. Just not an athletic sport.

    (from site you are selectively quoting) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sport

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  12. Standard member Phlabibit
    Mystic Meg
    07 Jan '09 17:20
  13. Standard member O Artem O
    ParTizan
    07 Jan '09 18:07
    chess IS a sport
  14. Standard member buffalobill
    Major Bone
    07 Jan '09 21:30
    To play at the highest level, you need to be supremely fit to be able to keep up with the demands of your brain. It's usual for top-level players to lose a couple of kg's in the course of a game.
    I'm sure there are some specific training regimens (exercise, dietary etc) for top players, but I recall that Bobby Fisher at his peak was a very good table tennis player and able to give the US champion a game.
    But, no, I don't truly believe it's a sport in the accepted sense of the word.
  15. Standard member Phlabibit
    Mystic Meg
    09 Jan '09 15:08
    Originally posted by buffalobill
    To play at the highest level, you need to be supremely fit to be able to keep up with the demands of your brain. It's usual for top-level players to lose a couple of kg's in the course of a game.
    I'm sure there are some specific training regimens (exercise, dietary etc) for top players, but I recall that Bobby Fisher at his peak was a very good table te ...[text shortened]... ion a game.
    But, no, I don't truly believe it's a sport in the accepted sense of the word.
    'accepted sense of the word'. Just because some people are ignorant to the true definition of any given word isn't an excuse to be wrong.

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