Mr Lawson, a former editor of the Sunday Telegraph, said former Chancellor George Osborne did try at his request to get chess recognised as a sport but the Department of Culture, Media and Sport “dug in their heels”.
Now, Mr Lawson said, the opportunity may have been lost.
England was once a powerhouse in the game second only to the Soviet Union in the 1980s. But a steady decline has seen the national team fall back in the rankings.
Chess treated with ‘contempt’, says game’s English supremo – Telegraph.co.uk