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by Chris Goodall
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy
Replies: 180
Views: 7715

Re: Consultation on the Draft FIDE Live Moves Broadcasting Policy

"prohibition on taking part in a chess competition, or in any chess-related activity"

Now I want to violate these rules twice, just to find out whose army is going to be guarding Starbucks in case I pull out a chessboard.
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6349

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

An actitivity is a sport if I believe it is. You want it a bit longer? An actitivity is a sport if the person considering the matter believe it is. I mean, sure, but no-one would claim that drinking tea and reading this forum is a sport, so there must be something we can say about what the word sig...
by Chris Goodall
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6349

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

It is the only relevant physical aspect because as already mentioned you could play equally well without physical motion. You are the one trying to reduce the whole question of defining what makes a sport down to a single factor. Even reducing the physical aspect down further into Gravity alone. It...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6349

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

the relevant physical aspect of chess Is this physical aspect of chess sufficient, by itself, to make chess into a sport, or not? It's a simple enough question. If it is, then it must also be sufficient to make watching football a sport. If it isn't, then I prefer my simple definition of sport that...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6349

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

But your dividing line between sport and not-sport was nothing to do with intense mental competitiveness. Your dividing line between sport and not-sport was the presence of one single human opponent. Incorrect. My first and main point was: Its not the physical mechanics that make chess a sport, but...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6349

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

No. My point was that the intense mental competitiveness of chess, has a strong physiological dimension, that is not related to gravity. Absolutely! But your dividing line between sport and not-sport was nothing to do with intense mental competitiveness. Your dividing line between sport and not-spo...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6349

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

So to recap; It is "ridiculous" to define chess as a sport because you do not know if your opponent is cheating. Yet, when your opponent cheats in other sports, it enhances the "sportiness" After proposing an interesting definition of sport, it turns out that your logic has zero gravity :P Well don...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6349

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

In any sport, is it really 'sport' if a competitor successfully cheats? Be it with drugs, computer assistance, bribes, bionic hands or whatever... Yes. The alternative would be absurd. If you're an Olympic gold medalist, does it diminish the "sportiness" of your achievement if it turns out the silv...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6349

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

Have you never seen a chessplayer cause a piece to topple over? In Beijing for the World Mind Sports Olympiad that cost Jovanka Houska to lose a game. Irrelevant. If you consider the possibility of knocking pieces over essential to chess, then blind players aren't playing chess. When Mo runs he is ...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6349

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

It wouldnt greatly affect chess if the physical aspect was removed, say you just said the moves out loud and a voice recognition made the move. Its not the physical mechanics that make chess a sport, but the mental and physical stress that the chess sportsman has to deal with. Computers don't exper...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6349

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

Alan Walton wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:41 am
if you are saying playing chess breaches the law of gravity
No, I'm not. That would be an absurd interpretation of what I said.
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6349

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

What I am saying is was gravity affects everything; moving your arm to move a piece has gravity affects; I was think more about sports like golf or throwing activities Astronauts in zero gravity can move their arms. Well I thought Chris' idea was spot on! Chess, bridge and dominos would be absolute...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6349

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

If you have to take the law of gravity into account, it's a sport. If you don't, it's a game. OK I'll bite; everything anybody does takes the law of gravity in account, but in your analogy that means Mo Farah doesn't compete in a sport because he is only running Running is one of the most gravity-a...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6349

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

If you have to take the law of gravity into account, it's a sport.

If you don't, it's a game.
by Chris Goodall
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 342
Views: 25099

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Am I allowed to propose that the ECF withdraw all funding from men's international chess and give 100% of the international budget to the women? If we want to carry on feeling a warm glow that our game is in theory completely gender-neutral, that would be an incredible statement of intent. It's not ...