Here's How Chess Is About To Make A Mockery Of The Winter Olympics
This is some of the strangest news you've probably heard all year...
What's your favourite winter sport? You might love the thrill of skiing, whizzing down the mountain as fast as you can, or the style that oozes as soon as you set foot on a snowboard.
You might be a bit more unconventional and love to shred on a mountain bike when it's winter, maybe do your thing on a snowmobile, or even keep up the steeze levels by moving bishop to D5 to take your opponent's pawn - wait, what?
Yeah, we're a little confused about this one as well. Apparently, the international Chess Federation are considering a bid to get their, er, sport (?) into the winter Olympics.
First and foremost, no, we're not entirely sure that chess is a sport either. Secondly, if it is a sport, we're almost entirely certain that it isn't a winter sport. After all, the Olympic committee insist that only sports that are "practiced on snow or ice" can be considered for inclusion in their Winter games.
Of course, folk who play chess are pretty clever though, and they've come up with an ingenious way to get past this rule - by playing their game with pieces made of ice.
Okay, so maybe they aren't so clever after all.
The International Chess Federation have been pushing for inclusion in the Olympic games since before the 1990s, and after being recognised by the Olympic Committee back in '99, they thought they could well be on their way.
No such passage has opened for them to join the summer tournament though, so they're now setting their sights elsewhere.
We can't particularly imagine the likes of Billy Morgan and iPod rubbing shoulders with chess players at the after-parties of future Olympics games, but who knew what could happen as our weird and wonderful world progresses with time.
If they do eventually warrant an inclusion, we kind of hope someone tries to sabotage the final of their tournament with a hairdryer. It'd be all to easy after all, and now that we think about it, we do have one sitting through the back...