Why is chess considered a sport?
Even though the International Olympic Committee recognizes chess as a sport, this is still one of the most common questions that I am asked as a chess player. To me, chess is actually not only a sport, but instead is a combination of sport, science, and art:
Sport because two people compete against each other following the set rules of the game, the chance factor is insignificant, and the game is physically demanding (see Chess.com’s article on the subject here).
Science because chess players study like scientists, constantly trying to find something new in their 64-square world.
Art because every game is unique and contains hidden gems that, with the right analysis, can be appreciated by chess enthusiasts of all skill levels.
Occasionally, the cohesiveness of these components shows up in a single game almost perfectly. For example, the most recent game of Dubov-Karjakin consisted of well-done research, beautiful execution, and sportive importance, which is why it garnered great public attention. Dubov analyzed the game himself which I strongly recommend watching on YouTube.
This blog series will focus on the synergy among the sportive, scientific, and artistic components of the game as demonstrated in the Dubov-Karjakin example mentioned above. I, GM Vasif Durarbayli, and my friend GM Burak Firat will review the games that were played during each week and choose a game that stands out from others. That game will then be analyzed to make it accessible, educational, and interesting for everyone.
Game of the Week could be far from perfection according to modern engines, but this will not be our concern. We do not promise to present a game like Dubov-Karjakin every week, but we will do our best to objectively choose the best game of each week. We hope while you read our articles that you will enjoy the art of the game and learn along the way.
The first Game of the Week is Annmarie Muetsch vs Max Warmerdam from the 5th Vergani Cup, 2021. The game happened in the third round of the tournament and played a significant role for Warmerdam. He went on to win the tournament and became a Grandmaster. We congratulate him and wish him more success.
Now let’s dive into the game.
Thank you for reading! This is our first article and we would appreciate your suggestions for improvement. Please drop a comment below. If you find any noteworthy games that you think should appear on Game of the Week, please send us a message on Chess.com. Please note that Game of the Week will cover games played from Sunday to Sunday of each week, and any games played on Sunday will go to the next week. See you next Monday!
Edited by Della Almind