Mind sport, Game of skill where the mental exercise component is more significant than the physical.
A mind sport is a game of skill where the competition is based on a particular type of intellectual ability as opposed to physical exercise.
The first major use of the term was as a result of the Mind Sports Olympiad in 1997. The phrase had been used prior to this event such as backgammon being described as a mind sport by Tony Buzan in 1996; Tony Buzan was also a co-founder of the Mind Sports Olympiad. Bodies such as the World Memory Sports Council use the term retrospectively.
It is a term that became fixed from games trying to obtain equal status to sports.
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