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Rules of Chess Boxing

The oddball combination hybrid sport of chess and boxing is also called 'chessboxing'. Chess boxing rules first appeared on the world stage around 1992.

CHESS BOXING RULES: It combines the physical challenge of boxing with the mental workout of blitz chess rounds.

What is Chess Boxing?

Chess boxing is a zany, relatively new sport. It requires a portion of brain power and an even larger helping of brawn.

There is no shortage of either from its competitors who battle 'wit with grit'.

A new sport appeared when the combined disciplines of boxing and chess went global. Since then, it gets played most in central European countries. They include The Netherlands, France, Germany, England, Russia, and Japan.

There is only one way to embrace the offbeat sport at the highest level. All players need to be fully skilled in both boxing and chess tactical strategies.

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Aim of Chessboxing

Chess boxing rules has one simple aim to the game. You try to checkmate, or knockout, your opponent. Players do so in alternate rounds of chess and boxing (both disciplines).

Unlike traditional boxing rules, you win chess matches from a check mate or a forfeit by your opponent. The boxing discipline is usually won by a stoppage or a point's decision.

Chess Boxing Equipment

Each player will wear traditional boxing gloves for the fighting rounds. They get removed for the chess rounds. Players also use head phones during the chess game so they are unable to hear advice from the audience.

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General Chess-boxing Regulations

Chess Boxing Rules for Scoring

Referees and Judges

Top level international competitions get controlled by an AIBA approved referee. They will officiate in the ring (but they will not mark a scoring paper). Each contest will also get marked by five AIBA judges. As a rule, they will sit in a seat located very close to the ring.

Winning a Game of Chess Boxing Rules

You win your game of chess if you achieve a check mate or your opponent withdraws from the game. Winning the boxing match is often achieved by knocking your opponent out or by a point system.

If the chess game ends in a stalemate the opponent with the higher score in boxing wins the tournament. If there is still an equal score the competitor with the black pieces wins.

Advanced Rules of Chess Boxing

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