The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

In the spirit of the biathlon, and "swimming and then strangling a guy,"

we have Chess Boxing. Yes, that's right, Chess Boxing. From Dan Drezner:

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.


I'm still trying to decide if adding boxing to chess makes it more nerdy or less nerdy.

6 Comments:

  • this is phenomenal. espn2 needs to be showing this. you can't tell me more people wouldn't watch this than rodeo (on epsn during prime time last nite).

    By Blogger ethan, at 1:24 PM  

  • Amen. I'd watch it. Can you imagine the strategic battles?

    "He's one move away from being mated, he needs the knockout in this round or it's all over!"

    or,

    "He was on fire until that viscious head shot in round three, but seems to have suffered a concussion, allowing his opponent back into the match.

    I'd watch it. If ESPN passes, maybe Fox will pick it up.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 1:33 PM  

  • oh man! this is the coolest thing i've ever heard of. i hope it takes off.

    backgammon basketball!
    anyone. anytime. anywhere.

    By Blogger ahren, at 2:32 PM  

  • We Kung Fu / Wu Tang Clan fans have known about Chessboxing for quite some time.

    "My Hip Hop will rock and shock the nation like the Emancipation Proclamation..."

    By Anonymous Rashid Muhammad, at 4:38 PM  

  • It obviously makes it much cooler! Chess is good in that there is a lot of strategy, but strategy is only half the battle. It doesn't matter how well you can manuver on the enemy if the enemy can fight its way out of every ambush you spring. Enter, Chess boxing! Now people have the opportunity to match their wits and their physical skills against each other. They should of course also add a rally speech component to the game (like the ones in Gladiator and Braveheart), and also a sword fighting component, and maybe a trained dog competition, and then you have the utlitmate multi-sport event. Perhaps a foreign language proficiency test and wood-carving contest could be added too.

    By Anonymous Phil, at 5:09 PM  

  • Hello! Want to see pictures? Just take a look at my photoreport in Berlin!
    http://chessboxing.canalblog.com
    Yours, Cyril

    By Anonymous Cyril, at 6:11 AM  

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