I've always thought of chess as a game and not a sport.
I've actually played competitive chess at the lowest level and am still a member of the US Chess Federation.
Bobby Fiscer was my inspiration as a young lad. At that time I was unaware of his peculiar personality and was more focused on his genius on the chess board. What a sad end to what started out as a promising career.
surprisingly, I read this headline scrolling underneath one of the matches i was watching on espn the other day, and I never look at those but this one caught my eye.
I think my membership to US chess fed expired after i left high school. I played all through highschool and 2/4 years we made top8 in the county, went to a mall, skipped school and played against the top 8 schools in our county, it was fun
I don't think its a sport either, but believe it or not, an hour of intense chess burns a good number of calories, i forgot the exact stat but i was pretty impressed by it. I was never a fan of Fischer, I have played some of his games out and they were good but just not my game. Respect though. Kind sad what has happened to him.