Chess is not considered an art form by everyone and there has been much debate in both directions as to why it should or should not qualify as one. In the first place, the term 'art form' is ambiguous especially to those who do not move in art circles which, includes most chess players. Nevertheless most people will readily acknowledge the beauty of chess and its aesthetic appeal. In fact, that ... [Show full abstract] is one of the main reasons they play 1 . In this article I review some of the arguments that have been presented for and against chess as an art form. I will then demonstrate where the confusion lies and explain why, considering recent computer advances in the area, it is important that chess be universally accepted as such.