Chessboxing: Yes, It's Exactly What You Think It Is
The latest craze to hit London is chessboxing, a battle of both brains and brawn. Rounds of chess are alternated with rounds of boxing. You win by either knocking out your opponent in the ring or checkmating him on the chessboard.
The first chessboxing European heavyweight championship final was recently held in London and pitted Andy "The Rock" Costello, a former cage fighter, against Gianluca "Il Dottore" Sirci. While The Rock did better in the boxing rounds, Il Dottore won the match on the chessboard, checkmating his opponent in the ninth round.
Chessboxing has - amazingly -been around since 2003 when it was created by a Dutch artists who was inspired by a Serbian comic. The Chess Boxing Organization was established in 2008.
Here's a video from the very first Chessboxing world championship held in Amsterdam in 2003. See what you've been missing?
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