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   Undertoad  Wednesday Oct 19 10:34 AM

10/19/2005: Chess boxing



xoB sends this from a German images site. The image isn't the mind-boggling thing this time, it's the very notion of what they are doing. The official cap:

Tihomir "Tigertad" Titschko of Bulgaria (l.) and Andreas "D" Schneider of Germany fought to become the first European champion in chess-boxing on Saturday in Berlin. The new sports discipline, which was developed from an art project, requires competitors to alternately play chess for four minutes at a time, then throw punches for two minutes. The first player to knockout his opponent or checkmate him wins. Titschko was declared European champion after beating Schneider in chess.

It's a bizarre and lovely idea, and I hope it catches on. What I wonder is whether the strategy includes a lot of head shots during the boxing section, to befuddle your opponent by bashing his brain around a little. That would be similar to strategy for various drinking games where part of the object is to get your opponent blotto drunk so s/he can't strategize against you.



wolf  Wednesday Oct 19 02:19 PM

Most of the guys I remember from chess club didn't have a right hook at all. I could take 'em, no sweat.



chrisinhouston  Wednesday Oct 19 02:52 PM

Too wierd, I imagine this will be followed by the French inventing Cheese boxing. Particpants box a round then sit down and sample some brie then box another round.




chrisinhouston  Wednesday Oct 19 02:58 PM

Found this website with better pictures!
http://me.in-berlin.de:8080/iepe/wcb.../index_en.html



capnhowdy  Wednesday Oct 19 05:01 PM

hell..... we've been doing that for years around here. We have at least one boxing match per tournament, depending on the amount of sauce administered.
Guess to top the Germans we'll have to break out the weapons.



hampor  Wednesday Oct 19 07:11 PM

Running Chess

Alan Turing used to play running chess where you would make a move and then run around the house.

If you got back before the other person you got to move twice. If you think too long you lose.



footfootfoot  Wednesday Oct 19 09:23 PM

Isn't it hard to move the pieces with the gloves on?

Just asking...



GruntDoc  Wednesday Oct 19 11:06 PM

Exactly what kind of an 'art project' did this devlove from?



Elspode  Thursday Oct 20 12:15 AM

Sounds like something those giant stuffed rabbit fallen from the sky people would have concocted to me.



Lizsun  Thursday Oct 20 02:17 AM

Let's see if the giant pink bunny guys didn't think this up . . . hmmm. I wonder . . .
Do you think it was guys who did?
Maybe it was women who used to date them?
Maybe it was the kid who lived next door to me. He got kicked out of high school for breaking a bottle over his own head. True story.

ME-Liz
http://lettingmebe.blogspot.com



wolf  Thursday Oct 20 02:37 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by hampor
Alan Turing used to play running chess where you would make a move and then run around the house.

If you got back before the other person you got to move twice. If you think too long you lose.
Physiologically that's actually pretty interesting. The running around the house sends more oxygen to your limbs, and less to your brain. Therefore, you can't think as clearly.

(one of my friends proves a point in paramedic classes by having folks run the stairs near the classroom and then come back in and try to do some basic dosage calculations that she knows they wouldn't otherwise have a problem figuring out. It's to show that you really DO function differently under stress. Takes the wind out of the sails of some of the hotshots too.)


chrisinhouston  Thursday Oct 20 09:47 AM

In a couple of the pictures they are wearing headphones. Why? Relaxing music?



dar512  Thursday Oct 20 10:23 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisinhouston
In a couple of the pictures they are wearing headphones. Why? Relaxing music?
Checking the baseball scores.


Vegeta  Thursday Oct 20 02:06 PM

Oh wow... I can see it now...

Chess round:
"Dammit! I had big plans for that bishop!" *punches opponent in head across board*

Boxing round:
"This one's for those three pawns!" *uppercut*



wolf  Thursday Oct 20 02:25 PM

Anybody else old enough to have the urge to shout "Body blow! Body blow!!"?



Vegeta  Thursday Oct 20 07:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
Anybody else old enough to have the urge to shout "Body blow! Body blow!!"?
Er... Ring King? I know it sounds familiar...


ToastyKen  Thursday Oct 20 07:40 PM

Here's a site with <a href="http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=1348">more pictures</a>, and here <a href="http://me.in-berlin.de:8080/iepe/wcbo/content/e18/e158/e160/e287/index_en.html">A VIDEO!</a> You have to watch the video.



wintermoon  Friday Oct 21 11:43 PM

Why they wear the headphones...

"The headphones are to keep out the noise of an unruly crowd that is screaming for piece sacrifices."



wolf  Saturday Oct 22 02:34 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vegeta
Er... Ring King? I know it sounds familiar...
Punch Out.

This guy has a cool list of greatest video games, from standup arcade to living room classics.


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