Chess Boxing


Henry Caldwell, Writer

You might be wondering, what is Chess boxing? Well, chess boxing is a hybrid that combines two traditional pastimes: chess and boxing. The competitors compete in alternating rounds of chess and boxing. It is actually quite simple, Chess and boxing. 


A match between two competitors consists of eleven rounds of chess and boxing. Sessions consist of a four minute chess match then going to three minutes of boxing and so on. In between rounds there is one minute break. During this break competitors change their gear. The type of chess played is speed chess in which each player has a total of twelve minutes for the whole game. For a competitor to win they have to either get a knockout or checkmate. It’s a judge’s decision or if their opponent’s twelve minutes of chess time elapses.


The sport of chess boxing was invented in 1992 by the French artist Enki Bilal, who thought it up for his comic book, Froid Équateur. It would take more than a decade for the sport to appear in real life, but in 2003 the first official bout was held in Berlin. Now there are about 380 active members of the World Chess Boxing Organization with affiliate groups across Europe, Asia and America. 

In Short

The sport of chess boxing is very unique. From the change in outfits in the middle of a match to the actual chess and boxing part. Would chess boxing be the sport for you. If you love boxing and chess it sounds like the right thing to do.