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London Chess Boxing Grand Prix

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Brain vs Pain

I don't know what it is like in real American high schools, but most children's/pre-teen television programmes or films set in the US depict students as being divided into two groups: nerds and jocks. You've got the socially inept brainiacs with top grades, and you've got the buff athletes who break their glasses.

Chess-Boxing throws that entire stereotypical set up out the window. And rightly so. Now you can be brainy and brawny, now you can have might and mind. Even better, now there are no more arguments at what sort of tournament to go to.

Chess-Boxing was invented by the French artist and filmmaker, Enki Bilal, in 1992, and has become an increasingly popular sport in London. A match consists of eleven rounds, six of which are chess, and five of which are boxing. The two matches alternate, and the skill comes in being able to maintain your mental agility as you switch between the two. You can win either by checkmating or knocking out your opponent.

London's Chess-Boxing Grand Prix 2013 takes place on the 23rd March at 7pm at Scala King's Cross. It will featuring eight of the best chess-boxers from around the world, such as 'The Rock', Luke Kirby, 'Crazy Arms', and 'The General'.

Standard tickets are 25, but if you book in advance, then you get 5 off. There are also VIP seats for 45 (or 10 when booked in advance), and student discounts.
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Why? Fun for sports fans
When: 23rd March, 7pm
Phone: 08444 771 000
Where: Scala, King's Cross
Cost: 15-45
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