Chess: a sport by any other name;Letter

21st May 1999 at 01:00
CHESS is a sport (TES, May 7). I teach chess full-time and our players are just as competitive as, say, hockey or athletic teams. But there is no English word for "mind sport" (in German it's denksport). "Game", "pastime", "recreation" - chess is all of these for beginners, but more than 130 countries compete in the Chess Olympiads.

I watched Nicholas Pert win the world U-18 title and know what an intense effort that was. There are no gender, age or disability barriers in chess and it doesn't need expensive equipment.

Graham Lee Oakham school, Rutland

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