What a post! If you love chess, this is a great read and you wish it were longer.
TS, your passion for chess shows, and it's something we share.
I say chess and boxing are similar in that they are both individual, mental sports. While chess is purely mental boxing, however, is both mental and physical. Boxing requires the body to carry out what the mind commands.
As chess is slow, deliberate, and all mental a chess game is a heightened experience. Fear and pain take on greater proportions as they do in other sports. Chess takes psychological stress to a different level. Boxing, on the other hand, is much too fast for psychological stress and physical pain to be felt by its combatants. You have no time to suffer in boxing, and you get caught in the moment and only fight.
I have been playing chess since my scholastic days, and I have also boxed with former professionals, although for fitness only. As far as my experience goes, boxing is nowhere as vicious as chess. I don’t mean, however, that boxers are only half the warrior that chess players are. Chess is all bestiality, and it’s a fact even that some of the game’s greatest champions succumbed to the psychological stress of serious play – Morphy, Steinitz, Rubintein, Fischer – although arguably they were simply geniuses everyone quite misunderstood. Sadly, chess belies its true nature, and has lacked corporate sponsorship. It has not become a spectator sport for all the wrong reasons.
Pardon my bias for chess, but whatever their differences chess and boxing are for everyone to enjoy. Watching boxing’s greatest – Ali, Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Manny, Floyd is no less artistically pleasing than playing the games of chess’ greatest - Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov.