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luigirovatti's avatar

Might be trite, but why is chess not a sport entered in the Olympics?

Asked by luigirovatti (2865points) July 31st, 2021
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Maybe because it’s, like, a board game? Let me know, I’m really interested.

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kneesox's avatar

Chess is not an athletic activity or contest of physical prowess.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Yep, the lack of any physical activity would seem to rule against it.

stanleybmanly's avatar

It’s boring as shit for the uninitiated.

kneesox's avatar

^^^ So are a lot of Olympic events. Especially when a camera tracks somebody in closeup through, say, moguls skiing, instead of a distance shot, so practically all you see is bounce-bounce-bounce without perspective. And cross country, yikes. How about a nice Olympic caber toss?

Love_my_doggie's avatar

Sport = an offense and defense, and both break a sweat from physical exertion. Baseball, basketball, football, soccer, hockey, rugby, polo, tennis, etc.

Athletic event = a competition, without offense and defense, with breaking a sweat from physical exertion. Running, jumping, gymnastics, golf, cycling, skating, skateboarding, etc.

I suppose chess has an offense and defense, but the only source of sweat is stress, not [physical exertion.

ragingloli's avatar

Unless you are talking Blitz Chess, it just takes too long.
Most activities take a few seconds to complete.
Chess, for just one round, takes fucking hours!

kneesox's avatar

So @Love_my_doggie, are you saying that it’s only a sport if it’s done competitively? So the people who run, bicycle, climb rocks, snowboard, swim, etc., on their own and only trying to impove their own performance, aren’t doing a sport?

stanleybmanly's avatar

It’s only going to be an olympic event if there is a tv audience for it. And there just plain is not such an audience in any numbers that would interest advertisers.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Internation Olympic Committee web site – Sports Governed by International Federations Recognised by the International Olympic Committee

Air Sports
American Football (Provisional)
Billiard Sports
Cheerleading (Provisional)
Dance sport
Flying Disc
Icestocksport (Provisional)
Kickboxing (Provisional)
Lacrosse (Provisional)
Life saving
Motorcycle racing
Mountaineering and Climbing
Muaythai (Provisional)
Pelota Vasca
Sambo (Provisional)
Ski Mountaineering
Tug of War
Underwater sports
Water Ski

kritiper's avatar

It’s a board game, not a sport.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I noticed in the news somewhere online recently that chess was featured under “Sports” and it made me pause and think about the designation.

After some pondering, it made sense. Like other sports, chess has people competing intensely, it has a fan and spectator base, it has a lore and a history.

While we may be competitive in our work lives and personal lives, that isn’t the same as meeting to battle in a game with arbitrary rules.

smudges's avatar

Life saving Really?

canidmajor's avatar

@smudges I wonder if they meant life saving in water? That could definitely be a competition. Speed, strength, skill, technique, it involves all.

basstrom188's avatar

How about cricket?

kneesox's avatar

@canidmajor I remember there were swimming classes called Junior Lifesaving.

Anyway, “Sports Governed by International Federations Recognised by the International Olympic Committee” doesn’t mean these are Olympic events.

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