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Debate Score:148
Arguments:126
Total Votes:156
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Would you consider chess a sport?

Yes

Side Score: 61
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No

Side Score: 87

Personally I see it as a mental sport. It is a mentally challenging game that requires key movements, excellent anticipation skills, and some great strategies and some tactical awareness of the board.

Side: Yes
Intangible(4933) Disputed
1 point

For lack of a better word "Activity" instead of sport.........

Side: No

It is a sport. It is an activity.

Side: No
1 point

I support ^ ,Chess is a mental sport that takes skill, anticipation and strategy, P.S anyone want to challenge me hit me up, I have a ventrilo ,skype to play some games with live chat.

Side: Yes
Cartman(18192) Disputed
0 points

Sports are physical, sorry.

Side: No
2 points

Sport: Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. 

If they even lift a finger and its conpetitive I will call ot a sport. Chess can be deemed as a sport. The brain is going through some physical things. Technically its physical. So it can be called a sport. You have to physically move the pieces and by that we can call it a sport.

Side: Yes
Troy8(2431) Disputed
1 point

Exactly. The amount of physical exertion that chess entails is enormous. I've seen quite a few overweight players who drop out of tournaments simply because they lack the physical stamina necessary to perform.

Side: Yes

Chess can get physical ;)

Side: No
2 points

One needs to be fit to be mentally alert and the body is affected by a weekend of sitting in a tournament. Due to it's competitiveness it can be considered as a sport. Who can forget that cold war match between brilliant Bobby Fischer and the legendary Russian GrandMaster.

Side: Yes
1 point

Yes! I have been playing competitively in tournaments for years and I can honestly say the atmosphere, competitive nature, and physical demands are very similar to other sports. Lizzie is absolutely correct.

Side: Yes
Cartman(18192) Disputed
1 point

What actual competitive sports have you played to compare the physical nature of chess?

Side: No
Troy8(2431) Disputed
1 point

Varsity basketball, club soccer, club baseball and even more if you consider when I was a little kid.

Side: Yes
0 points

Physicality is the only argument against it. Chess is back by a few federations and is held world wide and each federation deems it as a sport. What defines a sport? All of them are games aren't they? Are of them required participation? Do they all require teamwork? No. Neurons and synapses should judge the action as a sport. But we only see arms and legs so since American are obsessed with seeing the measurements themselves people dont seem chess as a sport.

Side: Yes

If you end up in a fist fight, then..., yes ;)

Side: Yes

Magneto did.

Side: Yes
2 points

And, he didn't need to lift a finger. ;)

Side: No

You are right.

Side: No
1 point

Well Chess in considered a sport by the Internation Olympic Community. Bridge is also considered a sport.

Side: Yes
Cartman(18192) Disputed
1 point

Really, I don't remember anyone winning the gold medal in chess. Why is that?

Side: No
1 point

chess couldn't be considered as a physical sport. but it can be called a mental sport. it does cause exertion mentally.

Side: Yes
1 point

chess is not a physical spot but it is a mental sport.. :)

Side: Yes
1 point

A sport doesn't have to be something that you have to move around and be active. It can be a mind sport. For example, debating is also considered as a sport, so right now we all are actually playing a sport. Chess is likewise the same. It also is a sport for the mind. How? It is because it makes you think harder and more logically, therefore i consider it as a sport.

Side: Yes
Intangible(4933) Disputed
1 point

A sport doesn't have to be something that you have to move around and be active

That's part of the definition of sport. <.<

Debating is not a sport. It doesn't matter how many consider it a sport.

Calling something a "mind sport" is an oxymoron.

Side: No
1 point

Sport always increase some people's skills. it doesn't mean that sport should increase ONlY physical skills. Chess requires the ability to keep calm for a very long time. so chess' players HAVE TO work hard to improve that ability. This is not counting the fact that they have to CONSTANTLY develop their minds. So if other sportsmens day by day are improving their Physical skills, chess players are improving their mental skills with the same diligence

Side: Yes
1 point

Chess is a game that has lasted for more than a millenium, and it takes an immense amount of brain power to play. Chess is an incredible strategy game that takes a lot of skill, and the best part is that it doesn't matter what physical strength you have.

Side: Yes
1 point

it requires the same strength corporation team,work [if in a team ] but the twist to it is that its done mentally

Side: Yes

I would consider Chess a sport because there is competition in the game.

Side: Yes
1 point

It really depends on your view of the definition of sport. Most consider it an activity with physical exertion, skill, competition, a set of rules, and spectators. I think many would put mental exertion in that definition as well. chess has been recognized as an Olympic sport since 2000 and was an event at the 2006 Asian Olympics at Doha again at the 2010 Guangzhou Olympics and will be in the 2020 Tokyo summer Olympics as well.Although I agree that we need to be physical, we need to admit that brains will almost always get us farther in life then strength and we also need to admit that chess is a sport.

Side: Yes

Chess is a mind sport, not a physical one but it is still a sport.

Side: Yes
4 points

By my own logic no. I guess I was raised on the sports being physical exertions of skill, and chess isn't physical enough for me.

Side: No
1 point

Chess really isn't physical, you just move your hand to move the chess piece. You also only think how to win.

Side: No
MarcusAlnari(18) Disputed
1 point

"Only think about how to win." Generally actually thinking about something with you mind is a lot harder than kicking a ball.

Side: Yes
4 points

Chess is a competition, and no more a sport than debate or video games. Sports are a sub-category of competition, and are usually pretty boring as they require minimal thought to watch (fun to play though), chess is much better.

Just my opinions, I didn't even look up the definition of sports.

Side: No
1 point

I respect your reasoning. I guess this might be why I respect world-class chess players more than athletes. Athletes don't have to be innovative, in the sense that in order to be great, they simply have to be more talented, stronger, or faster than the next guy. That's just my take.

Side: Yes
2 points

Isn't that basically the same thing with chest? You have to be smarter, think clearly and be able to think ahead better than the next guy. The details are different, but same situation o.0

Side: No
Quocalimar(6469) Clarified
1 point

Oh wow, the irony. I also prefer to watch someone play a video game to watch someone play a sport. Even though I;d rather play a sport than a video game.

Side: Yes
2 points

And why do people try so hard to try and say chess is sport...as if it's an Insult to say it isn't? It just looks like a fact vs opinion squall to me.

Side: No
3 points

The debate is framed specifically to look for opinions, that's why I didn't just post the definition like I usually do. We are on the right side fact wise, right?

Side: No
3 points

We are right period.

Sport is not an opinionated word so it should not be used as an opinion.

Side: No
Troy8(2431) Disputed
1 point

So your thoughts are fact, while country federations who are deeply involved in chess's ideas are opinions? How short-sighted is that?

Side: Yes
Intangible(4933) Disputed
1 point

Here's were you are wrong.What I am stating are not my thoughts i.e assumptions,opinons. They are the facts I've gathered from outside sources.

Side: No

And don't get me wrong, chess is a great game, mentally stimulating and challenging to play(given you have a good opponent), but it does not fit the criteria for being a sport. The fact that it doesn't meet the physical requirement is the why it can't be a sport.

Side: No
1 point

Want to know something funny? I have never learned how to play chess. I have absolutely no interest in it. It looks boring...

Side: No
1 point

Not exactly, the fittest does not win. Nor does the most psyically skilled win.

The one who wins, is who has the best mental capacity.

Side: No

Sport implies the physical activity engaged an some kind of objective to win.

Side: No

The thing about sports is they were created and were intended to be sports.

Chess was not intended to be a sport when it was made.

Going by what the other side is saying you could consider dancing a sport.

But dancing is not a sport it was made to be something to express your body in an artistic way. It's not a sport.

They are sports because they were made to be just that.

Side: No
1 point

No way can chess be considered to be a sport. A sport involves physical exertion and a person/team to show physical skill and ability. Chess, whilst it takes just as much skill as a sport, is only a mental activity testing a persons mental capacity, anticipation and intelligence, without involving any physical exertion.

Side: No

i'd have to say If it's not physical, it's not a sport, it's just a game... car racing shouldn't be classed as sport either

Side: No
rose2184(11) Disputed
1 point

Yes but did you know that debating is also a sport? Then why can't chess be considered as a sport as well?

Side: Yes

You do chess? Wow, that must keep you fit. ----------------------

Side: No

To me a sport is something that involves physical activity. Chess doesn't have much physical activity so no I don't think so.

Side: No

I define sports as being athletic. The only movement you do it chess is move the piece. Chess is more of a mental game. It's like saying that math is a sport.

Side: No
1 point

I would not consider chess a sport because it does not require physical exertion nor does it physically challenge the body. Chess is a game, a pastime. Calling chess a sport would be similar to calling playing video games a sport.

Side: No

It is a game and a competition, but not physical enough for sport.

Side: No
1 point

No, even though you think you strategy but it is not a sport.

Side: No
1 point

If you don't have to break a sweat to compete in it then it's not a sport. .....................................

Side: No

No, it definitely isn't a sport. The dictionary definition of sport is:-

An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Chess is a competitive game, but it does not fit the criteria to be called a sport.

Side: No
1 point

It's too focussed on the mental aspect. Everything else is missing

Side: No