Playing games is a natural part of human life. Yet, it has become fashionable for leaders of the sports bodies to criticize the rise of gaming when our young folks can be active outdoors. The English Chess Federation takes a more optimistic view of games.
We advocate strategy games instead of “shoot ‘em up” games where adrenaline might be high, but the intellectual content is usually low. Chess is a timeless strategy game that challenges the best minds in the world. It is not recognized as a sport in England and gets no public funding. It is worth retelling ourselves why the International Olympic Committee and more than 100 countries recognize chess as a sport.
Chess is truly competitive. The goal of a game of chess is to win. Chess entails a relentless struggle against one’s opponent. There is perhaps no sporting activity in which two people are locked in a competitive struggle of great intensity for such a prolonged period of time.
One break of concentration and all of a sudden a good position is changed into a losing one. Every game is a drama in which the outcome is unsure until the very end. When interviewed by a writer, the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen said that chess was no doubt a sport.
Why Chess is a Sport
Well established. The world championship has been organized since 1886 and our national federation was founded in 1904. Chess competitions are organized at numerous levels: cities, schools, leagues, universities, counties, junior, senior, European, World, and many more. Over 125,000 children learn chess in school every year.
Physical fitness. The top mental condition necessitates being in good physical condition. Players have to concentrate completely for more than seven hours. As the tension and stress build-up, pulse, blood pressure, and respiration rates all rise as well. Contenders for the world championships have fitness and nutrition coaches.