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Celebrating Women & Girls In Sports

Celebrating Women & Girls In Sports

Chess Boxing: The Ultimate Battle Using Brains And Brawn

Looking for something that challenges you both physically and mentally? Then you might want to try chess boxing. That’s right, it’s a combination of chess and boxing. Brains and brawn.

Chess boxing was invented by French comic book artist Enki Bilal in 1992 and adapted by Dutch artist, lepe B.T. Rubingh in 2003. The sport went professional in 2011 and became hugely popular in Europe.

“The chess is an externalisation of a boxer’s inner mind and the boxing is the externalisation of the chess player’s inner mind,” said Tim Woolgar of the London Chess Boxing Club in an interview with Huck magazine.

According to the WCBO (World Chess Boxing Organization), the game consists of 11 rounds – six rounds of chess and five rounds of boxing. Rounds are three minutes and there are 60 second breaks in-between them.

According to the WCBO (World Chess Boxing Organization), the game consists of 11 rounds – six rounds of chess and five rounds of boxing. Rounds are three minutes and there are 60 second breaks in-between them.

A competitor can win by knocking out or outscoring an opponent in the ring or by checkmate on the board. There are four different weight divisions: lightweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.

“Chess is all about making decisions,” George Krasnopolskiy, founder of USA Chessboxing, said in an interview with Mental Floss. “How are you going to make those decisions after you’ve punched in the face and you’re tired?”

That could lead to a checkmate or even a big knockout.

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