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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Chess-Boxing Hits it Big By ADA CALHOUN FROM Time

(Left to Right) Russian Nikolay Sazhin 'The Chairman' in action with German Frank Stoldt during their light heavyweight world championship title in chess boxing in Berlin Germany
(Left to Right) Russian Nikolay "The Chairman" Sazhin in action with German Frank Stoldt during their light heavyweight world championship title in chess boxing in Berlin Germany. Woflgang Kumm / EPA

"It sounds like a gimmick," admits Hip-Hop Chess Federation founder Adisa Banjoko. But chess and physical combat are being merged not only in the U.S. — where Banjoko's group advocates combining chess and martial arts as a way to teach kids the importance of strategy and non-violence — but in Europe, where a bloodier version is flourishing. The slogan for the Berlin-based World Chess Boxing Organization: "Fighting is done in the ring and wars are waged on the board."

The chess-boxing combo traces its roots back to a 1992 comic book, titled The Nikopol Trilogy, in which the men of the future box on a chessboard floor. The image inspired Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh to hold — and compete in — the first official chess-boxing bout in Amsterdam in 2003.

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