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Recognition for Chess in Scotland
Pushing pawns does not require any physical skill and sure one is tired after a tough game but mostly that is a mental tiredness. It is not the same as the tiredness one gets after running a marathon or swimming a 1500m.

Being physically fit will help you in chess because of the general benefits it brings but it is not the essential requirement that it is in (some) sports.

One of the great advantages chess has is the ability of physically impaired to take part on equal terms (though clearly impaired sight is a disadvantage).

Put another way being bigger, faster or stronger, or having good eye hand co-ordination gives you no advantage in chess.

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