Weird Sports – Chess Boxing
This week we are looking at a combination of two games, neither of which I could win if I were to play.
This week we are looking at Chess Boxing. Unsurprisingly Chess Boxing is a hybrid sport combining Chess and boxing.
In a Chess boxing match the two opponents play alternate round of Chess and boxing. Starting with chess the combatants play against the clock for four minutes followed by a one minute break to change equipment and a three minute boxing round; the players then swap back to chess.
Victory can be gained in either the Chess or boxing area of the competition. Each match consists of eleven rounds, six of those accounting for the chess part of the game. The maximum amount of time that can be spent on the chess game is twenty four minutes, as they use the speed chess clocks to time each individual on their chess moves.
As each round of boxing lasts three minutes, the competitors don’t seem to hold back in battering each other within the short amount of time allotted to that part of the game.
There are several ways the game can come to a close as listed here (quoted directly as I don’t think I understand it properly): http://wcbo.org/content/e14/index_en.html
“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 stalemate, the opponent with the higher score in boxing wins. If there is an equal score, the opponent with the black pieces wins.”
When reading the rules and structure of the game it doesn’t sound very interesting. Chess brings to mind Sunday afternoons watching a fuzzy television screen accompanied by the words “it’s Kasparov’s move”. I can’t say I have ever watched a boxing match, just a few highlights on news is about all of the exposure I have had to that particular sport.
So I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from Chess Boxing. I have to say the Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Wcbd0dJpQ actually makes it look like an intense experience.
I have to wonder if Chess Boxing will pave the way for other hybrid sports. Badminton Poker or maybe Russian roulette Roulette. Who knows? Maybe my continuing search into strange sports will unearth some more interesting hybrids in the future.