Most of the sports are based upon winning by deceiving. Well a player or team can also win if another one doesn't play well but in the context of evenly matched sides its usually the one who deceives better wins. Sports like dart, archery and shooting are ones that are not based upon such notion. What sports do you know which is not based upon such paradigm but two teams/players play together at the same time?

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    Golf? Match play (whether singles, fourball, alternate shot, etc.) is predicated on having a better score per hole than the other team/opponent. Bowling appears to be another example...score higher than the other team/opponent. Suffice it to say, any sport in which individual results are compared to determine a winner.
    – user527
    Jan 6, 2015 at 16:14
  • But even where you don't directly interact with your opponent, such as golf or snooker or sailing, mental games and mental strength are crucial. You can beat an opponent without doing anything to them.
    – Mr. Boy
    Jan 6, 2015 at 16:27
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    The sport of rowing is a head to head competition. It's strength and endurance versus strength and endurance.
    – rrirower
    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:45
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    What about sports that just have judges like figure skating, diving, and gymnastics?
    – JeffO
    Jan 10, 2015 at 2:37

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Probably the best example is the 100m dash. Two guys running as hard as they possibly can, no head games. Races that are longer may contain strategy (mental) games.

  • The head games are all before the race.
    – James K
    Nov 13, 2022 at 21:52

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