(A chess table appears in middle of a boxing ring! Photo from ChessBase website.)
File this story under the heading of "Anything Is Possible". Yes, chessboxing!? The World Chessboxing Championship was held on July 5th in Berlin. This unique sport combines the brains of chess with the brawns of boxing. Check out the complete rules at the official website of the WCBO. The two competitors in the final were defending champion Frank Stoldt of Germany and challenger Nikolay Sazhin from Russia, who both reportedly have a chess rating in the 1900 range. Watch this video on CNN for footage from the championship match and see who won the title.
I wonder which of my students would try out chessboxing? I know Steven would be good.