It’s the eventual test of brains and brawn. Boxers are taking the fight outer the ring to the chess board in a new sport that’s all the rage in Europe. In chess boxing, two men exchange between four minutes of chess and three minutes of boxing.
The fight can have as many as 11 rounds, and whoever gets a make unconscious or checkmate first wins.I think the contrast of seeing two people playing chess and then hitting each other, either of them in segregation wouldn’t be comedic,Andy The Rock Costello told CBS News.But when they are alternated it is pretty funny.
Costello is a specialized fighter in England and a former cop. He was also a child chess genius. He and Nikolai The Siberian Express Sazhin gave CBS Evening News an inside glimpse into their world when the two headlined a chess set boxing match last month in London.
Sazhin, a previous fighter for the Russian youth boxing team, is now a real estate agent in Siberia. He’s been playing chess for ten years. Both men are highly-rated chess players in their own right, according to the World Chess Boxing association.
The organization was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany. There are also clubs in London and Krasnoyarsk, Russia. While most of the WCBO’s members are in Europe, a chess boxing club opened in Los Angeles in 2010. All of the clubs have around 50 members, except for the Berlin club, which has about 100. The number of worldwide candidate for the WCBO’s championship fights is 800.
The sport was initially intended as an artistic performance in which the themes of a healthy spirit in a healthy body and aggression organization played a role, according to WCBO’s website. Now, the group says it is increasing its focus on Russia and the Ukraine,because these countries have a large amount of potential chess boxers.