Have you ever been playing a game of Chess and thought, ‘I really fancy getting hit in the face right now’?
If you have – and let’s face it, who hasn’t – then Chessboxing could be the sport for you. As you might have guessed, it is essentially a punch up and a chess game rolled into one, the two disciplines combining to create something truly unique.
The hybrid sport mixes the cerebral with the combative, and tests the skills and the strengths of competitors to the very limit.
Invented by Dutch performance artist Iepe Rubingh, the sport was initially meant as a stunt, but it quickly gained popularity all over Europe, and now there are hundreds of players in Britain, Germany and Russia.
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The game was first played in the 90s, and it’s been appealing to aspiring Garry Kasparov’s and Mohammed Ali’s around the world ever since.
According to the World Chessboxing Association, “Chessboxing is the ultimate challenge for both body and the mind. It combines the number one thinking sport with the number one fighting sport into a whole new fighting sport.
Organisations like London Chessboxing hosts regular events around the capital, and offer beginners the chance to try out the unusual sport for the first time, so why not give a try?
So, if you’re wondering, ‘how does it work?’, ‘Is it fun?’, ‘How do they play chess with those big gloves on?’ – take part and find out for yourself now.