Chess Boxing – An very unusual Sport


Chess boxing is probably a sport of which you may have never heard.The object of chess boxing is to either beat your opponent in alternate rounds of chess or boxing. Matches can be won from either with the chess coming down to check mate or forfeit and the boxing in either a stoppage or points decision.

How is the game played? The match starts with a four minute round of chess. The players then go into the ring for a three minute round of boxing before again returning to the chess board. The match consists of 11 rounds in all (6 rounds of chess and 5 rounds of boxing) with 1 minute break between rounds.Each player has boxing gloves which are removed for the chess round. Head phones are given to the players when taking part in chess so they do not hear advice from the audience. The chess side of the game is played out over a 12 minute clock and is suppose to be played very quick. Referees may step in if they believe a player to be stalling in the chess rounds to force them into a move within 10 seconds.

How is it’s scoring done? The boxing rounds are scored like a normal boxing match on points. Unless the chess game has seen a conclusion, which is very rare in the sport, then the game will go to count back on boxing points. In the event that the boxing is a draw then the win will go to the player playing the black chess pieces.

As you already know that winning is either if you knockout your opponent in a boxing round or checkmating them in a chess round.

The sport was founded in 1992 and it is played in countries such as England, Germany, Netherlands, France, Russia and Japan. It also has a annual world championship.

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