Friday, November 23, 2007

Chess boxing : A Genius or Mad Hybrid Invention!?

Chess boxing
I’ve found that Chess boxing is getting in the main news recently. The hybrid of two different sports- one intellectual game and another one a pure physical and brainless game is truly a magnificent or rather crazy invention in this millennium. One off the main reason of the combination is to mix intellectual and physical aspect in sportsman.
The basic idea in chess boxing is to combine the #1 thinking sport and the #1 fighting sport into a hybrid that demands the most of its competitors – both mentally and physically.
In a chess boxing 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.
A contest consists of 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.

A round of boxing takes 3 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 stalemate, the opponent with the higher score in boxing wins. If there is an equal score, the opponent with the black pieces wins.- Mad or Genius ? – you judge yourself !

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