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The great thing about a game of chessboxing is that if you don't like the move your opponent just made you can smack him in the face. Conversely, if you don't like the way he landed an upper cut to your chin, you can take his knight.


Whoever dreamt up chessboxing must have been one crazy dude, but you know what? It works. The unique sport is an awesome mix of brains and brawn, a chance for participants to show that they've got something upstairs as well as in their biceps.

If you're curious about how on earth a game of chessboxing actually goes, there'll be no better chance than in March when some of the world's best chessboxers converge on the Scala nightclub in London for the opening contest of the season.

In the ring and around the board, eight chessboxers will battle it out with left jabs and artificial castling in a bid to bag the top prize. Look out for the likes of Andy 'The Rock' Costello, Matt 'Crazy Arms' Read (I'm guessing they must be really massive or shockingly thin), and Chris 'The General' Levy, as well as Tim "CSI" Bendfeldt and the untested Pawel Gulik

Tickets for the event cost from £15 and include cabaret entertainment, DJs and an after-event party.


In case you didn't know – and you probably didn't – a chessboxing match comprises 11 alternating rounds of chess and boxing. The first round involves four minutes of chess while the second consists of three minutes of boxing.

Both the chess game and the boxing take place inside the ring. During the chess rounds headphones are worn by the participants so they're unable to receive any hints from the crowd, who'll be able to watch the game on a big screen. The match continues until a player/fighter wins with a chess move or a punch.

If you fancy checking out an unusual yet rather compelling sport, be sure to get along to the Scala in King's Cross on 23rd March.

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Why? Surely chess with punches is a must-see.
When: Saturday 23rd March, 2013.
Phone: Tickets: 08444 771 000
Where: Scala, 275-277 Pentonville Rd, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL
Cost: Standard: £20 in advance, £25 on the door; Students: £15 in advance, £17.50 on the door
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