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What is Chess-Boxing?

Chess boxing is a hybrid sport which involves alternating rounds of boxing and chess

A chessboxing fight consists of 11 rounds, 6 rounds of chess and 5 rounds of boxing. Chess and boxing rounds alternate, beginning and ending with a round of chess. Each round lasts three minutes, regardless of whether it involves chess or boxing. The total amount of chess playing time is 18 minutes, making it 9 minutes each player. After each chess round, the exact setup is digitally recorded and then re-positioned before the following chess round.


  • The first chessboxing competition took place in Berlin in 2003

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