"You best pray to your lord, cause boxing meets the chessboard" - Counterfeit Confucius
A few weeks back a friend of mine showed me a youtube video of Chessboxing. A test of mental and physical limits. You start off with 4 minutes of chess and 3 minutes of boxing and alternate for 11 rounds. Better yet here are the rules from wikipedia
A match consists of up to eleven alternating rounds of boxing and chess. The match begins with a four-minute chess round. This is followed by three minutes of boxing, with rounds of chess and boxing alternating until the end. There is a one minute break between rounds. Speed chess is used, a form in which each player has a total of only twelve minutes for the whole game.
Competitors may win by a knockout, achieving a checkmate, by the judges' decision, or if their opponent's twelve minutes of chess time is exceeded. If a competitor fails to make a move during the chess round, he is issued a warning and he must move within the next 10 seconds. Repeated warnings may result in a disqualification. The players put on headphones during the chess portion so that they cannot hear any shouted assistance from the audience or the live chess commentary. If the chess game reaches a stalemate, the scores from the boxing rounds are used to determine the winner. If the boxing score is also a tie, the player with the black pieces wins.
and a video
At first I was intrigued, then I was fully on board. I have not participated in a match yet. But I plan too. However, after witnessing my friend, who introduced me to this, have a chessboxing match with another friend of mine, I truly believe this is one of the most grueling and taxing sports out there. Mind and body. What intrigues me even more so is the thought of a MMAChess match. Now that is truly the mind and the body. But, I highly suggest this sport to anyone. I believe the Klitschko brothers as well as Lennox Lewis are avid chess players. Would be interesting to see them partake.
Which fighters would do best in ChessMMA?