Chess Boxing- Yep, It’s Actually A Real Sport And It’ll Knock You Out

Published on 09/26/2019
Chess Boxing Yep Its Actually A Real Sport And Itll Knock You Out

Chess Boxing- Yep, It’s Actually A Real Sport And It’ll Knock You Out

There is an ongoing debate regarding whether chess is a sport or not. Well, I can’t exactly say yes or no. But what I do know is that boxing is definitely seen as a sport. So what about an innovative idea that combines the two?  What happens we do this, a bunch of bishops beating up a posse of pawns? Most likely no, but we do get is a sport so weird that even the great Mike Tyson wouldn’t want to participate… although it could be because of the chess part.

What Is Chess Boxing?

Chess Boxing isn’t so hard to understand. Two opponents face each other in a boxing ring. They have 11 alternating rounds of boxing and chess. The winner will be determined based on a number of different criteria.  Someone wins if they knock out or checkmate their opponent and if neither of these occurs then the judge will decide the winner.

How Did It Come About?

Iepe Rubingh is the mastermind behind this sport. The Dutch artist actually came up with the idea for performance art, and then decided to take one step further  Some might even argue that he took it too far! But where did this idea come from? Well, he actually saw it in a 1992 French comic book, Froid Équateur. In this comic, rivals fight it out in the ring until they ultimately fall into a chair to finish the fight over the checkered board.

Who Plays This Sport?

It takes a certain kind of person to partake in this sport  They’re more like hybrids of boffin-brained buffed bodybuilders… or at least that’s how we imagine them to be. There are different weight categories, just like in regular boxing. From the age of 17, someone can join in! As of 2003  the sport eventually made it onto the world stage, and since then chess boxing has become a notable sport in countries such as Germany, Russia, the U.K., and even in India!

Draw Your Own Conclusions

If you’re looking for an ordinary game of chess then this isn’t the place to go. But, if you’re looking for pain and brain on the same plain, chess boxing might just become your next favorite sport!