Recently we were wondering whether Chess was a sport.
So what exactly is chess? I lifted the following from Plaskett's book, "Playing to Win"...
“Chess is a mixture of science, art and sport, and for some time past mostly sport.” (A. Karpov, 1975)
“Chess for me is art.” (G. Kasparov, 1985)
“Chess is the art which expresses the science of logic just as music is the art which expresses the science of acoustics.” (M. Botvinnik)
“Well of course it’s a sport!” (N. Short, 1983)
“I just move the little wooden things.” (A. Miles, 1976)
“I became accustomed to thinking of chess as an art, and have never regarded it as anything else, for all the science and sport involved in it. And moreover, an art which in some ways is much closer to music than it is customary to think. Perhaps chess and music are drawn together by laws of harmony and music which are difficult to formulate and difficult to grasp, or perhaps by something else.” (V. Smylsov, 1983)
“Chess is bigtime sport.” (A. Miles, 1985)
“Chess is work.” (W. Browne)
“Asked what they valued most in chess Jan Smejkal replied ‘the depth of a strategic idea’, Ivan Radulov replied, ‘the beauty of a sacrifice’, but Vladimir Tukmakov answered characteristically ‘the courageous struggle’.” (A. Soltis, The Younger School of Soviet Chess)
“I think chess is just a game.” (L. Portisch, 1979)
“My greatest satisfaction comes from crushing the opponent’s ego.” (R. Fischer)
“What I like about chess is that so many people play it for so many different reasons.” (J. Nunn, 1983)