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Chessboxing
Posted 3/1/10 , edited 3/1/10
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=chessboxing


COLOGNE, Germany — How weird is too weird? How freaky too freaky? At what point does charm call out for ridicule? These are the questions that arise when considering the new "sport" of chessboxing.

It is Friday night, and doubtless there are better things to do than to pack into a refurbished theater of blue movies and focus the eyes on a couple of anonymous Europeans crouching over a chessboard. They marshal tiny pieces against one another in a battle of quiet strategy. Sound and movement are of the faintest quality. It is as though you have barged into a stranger's parlor. There may yet be time to sneak away.

But then a bell rings and the hall fills with loud music. There are hoots and yells from the darkened sections of seats, along with other signals of unshackled enthusiasm. When the bell rings once more and the eyes refocus, you notice the chess players have begun to punch each other in the nose and in the ribs. There is blood. This is a fight, and it's not bad at that, the theater having transformed into an arena of genuine athletic pursuit. This is no parlor game after all. It is chess and it is boxing, and doubt has begun to fade into curiosity. This may be strange, but it is strangely worth a look.




so apparently they play chess and box in alternating rounds... wtf?
Posted 3/1/10
lol quite stupid really.
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F / Youtube!
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Posted 3/1/10
So what... there's no original rules like you have to win a boxing round to get out of checkmate?

Pfft. That sucks.
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Posted 3/1/10
kinda like rock paper scissor slap?
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Posted 3/1/10
very creative o.o...
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Posted 3/1/10
well now, i'd like to try that someday.
Posted 3/1/10
I think people are running out of ideas for new sports.
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Posted 3/1/10
i actually would watch this
Posted 3/2/10
Can't wait to see Manny Pacquiao play chess at the same time.
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M / Wa Wa Land
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Posted 3/2/10
Sounds like fun but weird at the same time.
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21 / F / dubai
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Posted 3/2/10
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Posted 3/2/10
why not???...

boxing for physical strength
and
chess for mental strength

nice combination....
Posted 3/2/10
At first I thought it was a stupid idea, but I don't know, doesn't sound half bad. It's kind of creative.
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Posted 3/2/10
ahahahahahaha
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Posted 3/4/10
LOLOLOLOLOLOL
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