July 09, 2008

Using pawns, brawn to nab chess-boxing crown: Rarely do brains and brawn come together in this way. A Russian has been crowned world champion in the sport of chess boxing that requires equal skill at moving pawns and throwing punches. The loser said he was simply too punch-drunk to fend off checkmate.

posted by tommytrump to extreme at 10:07 PM - 6 comments

Simply awesome. I guess we can now move chess- or at least chess-boxing- solidly into the "Sport" column of our eternal debate.

posted by hincandenza at 04:26 AM on July 10, 2008

I came here to laugh at this and left intrigued. If I ever get in better shape, I'd love to give this a shot.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:56 AM on July 10, 2008

Just wait til Don King gets a hold of it, ruins it, and MMA chess becomes the new hotness.

posted by tron7 at 04:14 PM on July 10, 2008

This is about the stupidest thing I've ever heard of.

posted by sic at 09:12 AM on July 12, 2008

Let's modify this to include beer bongs & Yaeger Bombs just before entering the ring & promote the sport on college campuses. Now featured on ESPN College Game Day "chess boxing with shots"

posted by m8nsman at 08:24 AM on July 14, 2008

Like wfrazerjr, I also am intrigued. But for me, I just want to watch. And Tron, MMA chess? I doubt it, maybe MMA checkers or MMA tic tac toe.

posted by BoKnows at 01:15 PM on July 14, 2008

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