London’s Chessboxing; Brains and Brawn!

There is a chance you’ve heard of the sport “Chessboxing”.  Its goal; to find “The smartest/ toughest (wo)man on the planet.”   The sport was actually created in 1992 by French artist Enki Bilal and was featured in his comic book Froid Équateur. The sport captured the imagination of its readers and the first Chessboxing event was held in 2003.  Chessboxing is a world sport, though most of its events take place in Germany and the United Kingdom.  How does it work?

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A full match in Chessboxing consists of 11 rounds; 6 rounds of chess (each 4 minutes long), and 5 rounds of boxing (at 3 minutes long/ round).  The match starts with a round of chess and is followed by a round of boxing.   The sport alternates each round with a one minute break in between for competitors to change gear and cool down.  Competitors can win the match by either knocking out their opponent during the boxing session or achieving a checkmate during the chess session.  In cases of stalemates, boxing points are used to declare the winner.  If the points are even in boxing then judges look to the black pieces on the chessboard to make a tie breaker.  Initiatives are also in place so that players cannot stall the chess section of the match in order to win the boxing section.

Want to see Chessboxing in action?  If you’re in London, make sure to swing by the Scala Nightclub in Kings Cross for the Grand Prix season opener!

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Brain Vs Pain!

We have a huge line-up including several brand new chessboxers and some LCB favourites – plus the long awaited return to the ring of Matt “Crazy Arms” Read the 6’7” bullet chess maestro. The night includes a sensational middleweight headline bout between Bryan Woon from Singapore and the German master chessboxer Tim “CSI” Bendfeldt.  Also in action, Chris “The General” Levy, Andy Taylor, Frank Lee, Mark “The Hammer” Pilkington and Andy “The Rock” Costello, plus on the undercard two chessboxing debutantes; Jorge Crespo from Ecuador and Steve “The Devonian Devil” Philp. 

Adding to an incredible night of diversionary sporting action – we’ll have DJ Bushman on decks and a sensational live cabaret to fill in the gaps during the interval.  The doors open at 7pm and the after party goes on until 3am.

Tickets are £20 excluding booking fee from Scala, King’s Cross (avoid paying the fee by buying direct from the box office on Pentonvoille Road).

There are a limited number of VIP tickets available at £35: including exclusive use of the VIP bar, lighting balcony and FREE cocktails from our friends at Hendrick’s Gin.

When: 23rd March 2013

Where: Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9NL

What time: doors open 7pm, Chessboxing until 10.30-11pm. After party until 3am

Ticket Prices: From £15 concessions, £20 standard or £35 VIP (includes free cocktails). Prices are advance only and exclude booking fees (purchase Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm from the Scala box office and pay face value only).  Door prices on the night will be plus £5.

Tickets from: or or from the box office

More information from: Tim Woolgar, 07956 196780

For more information on the London Chessboxing scene, check out the Official Website.


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