Well, whatever your view, you might be watching them in the 2020 Olympics.
The genteel pursuits are among 26 sports to apply for inclusion in the Tokyo Games.
Air sports, floorball, flying disc, tug of war, sumo, polo, orienteering, korfball, dance sport, racquetball, roller sports, wakeboard and wushu have also put in a formal request to be part of the programme.
Floorball is a type of floor hockey featuring six players, while wushu is derived from traditional Chinese martial arts.
More mainstream sports to apply include American football, karate, squash, netball and bowls, which proved so popular at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The inclusion of bridge or chess would pave the way for people of more advanced years to compete at the Olympics.