Chess Boxing: All you need to know

Chess boxing is a hybrid game which consolidates the sport of boxing with games of chess alternating rounds. Chess boxing battles have been composed since mid 2003. The game was started when Dutch craftsman Lepe Rubingh, propelled by anecdotal depictions of the sport in the written work of Enki Bilal, sorted out genuine matches. The sport has turned out to be progressively prevalent since then. To succeed, players must be both talented chess players and gifted boxers.

The athlete combines an intense body with a sharp mind, and transcends thoughtless muscle. In the ring, the fighter is powered by testosterone, adrenaline and aptitude. After three minutes, he changes battlegrounds. The contender has just seconds to limit his battling sense and move into the quiet rationale of his psyche. Chessboxers require cleverness for tackling issues; They should anticipate their rival’s moves in the ring and in addition on the board. It is the only sport in which the heart, brain and body perform in all out amicability.

A Brief History Of Chess Boxing

Chess Boxing was enlivened by dutch born Iepe Rubingh in 2003. He was roused by Froid Équateur”, a graphic novel composed via visual artist Enki Bilal in 1992. The primary chess boxing competition occurred in Berlin in 2003. That same year, the principal world championship battle was held in Amsterdam in participation with the Dutch Boxing Association and in addition the Dutch Chess Federation and under the auspices of the World Chess Boxing Organization (WCBO) that was established in Berlin shortly before. Dutch middleweight fighters Iepe Rubingh and Jean Louis Veenstra confronted each other in the ring.

After his opponent surpassed the chess time limit, Rubingh won the fight in the eleventh round going down in the history books as the first ever World Chess Boxing Champion. The same goes for the Chess Boxing Club Berlin, made in the next year (2004) — that is the first of its kind, making Berlin the origin of chess boxing.

On April 21, 2006, about 400 individuals gathered in the Gloria Theatre, Cologne, to watch two chess boxing matches. Zoran ‘the Priest’ Mijatovic played the Queen’s Gambit. Zoran’s opponent, 37-year old previous UN Peacekeeper Frank ‘Anti Terror’ Stoldt, was very much prepared and controlled both the chess board and the boxing rounds. In the seventh cycle (a chess round), Mijatovic was three moves far from being checkmated, so he surrendered.
In April 2008, the World Chess Federation FIDE posted a video on its site in which its leader Kirsan Ilyumzhinov played a well disposed chess enclosing match in Elista. Likewise in April 2008, the UK’s first Chess Boxing club was propelled in London by Great Britain Chess Boxing Organization founder Tim Woolgar.

In July 2008 in Berlin, a 19-year old Russian science student Nikolai Sazhin won the title of “World Champion” in chess boxing by defeating Frank Stoldt. Stoldt surrendered in the fifth round in the wake of losing his queen.


The participants must have aptitudes in both sports; they can with a game in any case. A full chess-fight has eleven rounds, with six rounds of chess, five rounds of boxing and a 1 minute break for each round. The sessions begin and end in chess play. The chess can last up to three or four minutes, the fight can last up to three minutes. The participant only has 12 minutes to utilize the majority of his chess moves.

The participant can win amid a boxing round by thumping out the opponent or by calls of the ref. The participant can likewise win by accomplishing a checkmate, or if the opponent comes up short on time. The participants wear headphones amid the chess rounds to block out.

Rules Of Chess Boxing

A chess boxing match is battled in eleven alternate rounds of chess and boxing.

  • The match starts with a chess game, lasting for three minutes. Each chess boxer has an aggregate of nine minutes for the total chess game, making it eighteen minutes of chess in full.
  • The chess game is hindered by five episodes of three-minute boxing rounds.
  • Fighters may win by knockout in the ring, by checkmate in chess, by the judge’s choice, or if the opponent surpasses the nine minutes assigned to the chess game.
  • The rules have been made in such a way that competitors are required to exhibit high amounts of expertise in both disciplines so as to win.

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