World Chess Boxing Championships
Many people call Boxing a game of Chess between two fighters, few think that the two are similar at all! How can a sport where two fighters pulverize each other be compared to a board game?
Chess is the ultimate cerebral sport whilst boxing is one of the most brutal sports. Luckily for you someone went one further and actually combined Chess with Boxing.
It was invented by a Dutch Performance Artist called Iepe Rubingh in 2003, This crazy mashup of sports has gone from strength to strength. Although many claim that Boxing Chess matches took place in London around the 1970s the first official fight was in Berlin in 2003, later in the year in the Netherlands the Dutch Chess Federation and World Chess Boxing Organisation held the first world championship.
Pro Chess Boxing?
In 2011 the WCBO went Pro and expanded around the world and the Chess Boxing Organisation was formed by a former Indian Kick-boxer.
Only last year a fight between British, European and IBF light welterweight world champion Terry Marsh and Dymer Agasaryan resulted in a win for Terry Marsh. Terry was the first Professional Boxer to compete in Chess Boxing.
The sport is relatively simple. It consists of 11 rounds, 6 rounds of Chess and 5 of Boxing, with each round alternating between Chess and Boxing.
All in all you have 18 minutes of Chess in between a minute round of Boxing.
To win you can TKO, or Knockout your opponent in the boxing rounds, or beat them at chess, with a Checkmate or by your opponent using all his time up.
The current WCBA world heavywieght champion is Nikolay ‘the Chairman’ Sazhin
Checkout the videos of how World Chess Boxing works bellow.
Whilst only one pro has entered the Chess Boxing ring, we do know Lennox Lewis is an avid Chess fan and the Klitschko brothers are both keen Chess players, so maybe in the future we may see them have a rematch but this time in the Chess Boxing Arena.
Fancy giving Chess Boxing a go? You’ll need some gloves and a chess set.