Is Chess a sport? | The Tylt
Chess exercises the most important muscle in the human body, the brain. It's a competitive game with a player ranking system, a code of conduct and of course, rules of the game that are recognized the world over. All this makes chess sound like a sport but many people would disagree. Chess requires no real hand-eye-coordination or movement really. You sit on your butt and make decisions. Computers are better at the game than we are! Chess is no sport. But what do you think? Read more below and cast a vote.
Is Chess a sport?
There are lots of haters. But before you go too far, think about all the elements in play.
Chess is not easy. It requires tons of training and concentration. It even requires being physically fit, so you can hit peak mental performance.
Chess is recognized as a sport in over 100 countries, it's only in popular culture that it's seen as a game.
Take a moment and let all these detailed questions wash over you. Then think about all the Olympics sports where these questions would be so easy to answer.
That's why chess is not a sport.
The only way you can make chess a sport, is with rounds of boxing to break up the game play.
Chess boxing is a real thing. Opponents can win by getting a checkmate in 1 minute rounds of chess play, or by knocking out their opponent in 3-minute rounds of boxing. THIS is a sport!
You might be wondering "how long ARE chess games"?
Some tournament chess matches can last up to 7 or more hours. That requires stamina. You know what else requires stamina? Sports!
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