Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Dream is Alive

Chessboxing.
Is it a sport for you?

The basic idea in chessboxing is to combine the no.1 thinking sport and the no.1 fighting sport into a hybrid that demands the most of its competitors – both mentally and physically.

In a chessboxing fight two opponents play alternating rounds of chess and boxing.
The contest starts with a round of chess, followed by a boxing round, followed by another round of chess and so on. In every round of chess the FIDE rules for a ´Blitz game´ apply, in every boxing round the AIBA rules apply with the following extensions and modifications:

In a contest there shall be 11 rounds, 6 rounds of chess, 5 rounds of boxing.
A round of chess takes 4 minutes.
Each competitor has 12 minutes on the chess timer.
As soon as the time runs out the game is over.
A round of boxing takes 2 minutes.


Between rounds there is a 1 minute pause, during which competitors change their gear. The contest is decided by: checkmate (chess round), exceeding the time limit (chess round), retirement of an opponent (chess or boxing round), KO (boxing round), or referee decision (boxing round). If the chess game ends in a stalement, the opponent with the higher score in boxing wins. If there is an equal score, the opponent with the black pieces wins.

don't forget to find out how this glorious test of skill all started.....

7 comments:

Amber said...

You're back, kind of, that wasn't really a post by you at all though....

This and That said...

awesome! what other dual sports can we come up with (and have a championship for....anyone???). how about surfing and then some clay pot making.

what I like about this is that you combine a sport that is mainly physical and tends to have more head trauma with a sport that is all strategy and cerebral. would love to see some chess players start to kick some ass.

S E E Quine said...

` The person with the black pieces wins!?!? That's not fair!

Aaron said...

That is the most ridiculous sport/game I've ever heard of. That includes baseketball.

Denny said...

yeah really that sounds racist ?

Paul said...

In the words of Karen, "Ew."

Laura said...

Interesting. I'm happy to see that people are still trying to create new and fun ways to hurt each other!! Creativity is important!!