brain and brawn

In general

Chessboxing is the ultimate challenge for both body and the mind. It combines the nr.1 thinking sport with the nr.1 fighting sport into a whole new fighting sport. 

Rules of chessboxing

A chessboxing match is fought in eleven alternate rounds of chess and boxing.

  • The match begins with a chess game, lasting three minutes. Each chessboxer has a total of nine minutes for the total chess game, making it eighteen minutes of chess in full.
  • The chess game is interrupted by five bouts of three-minute boxing rounds
  • Fighters may win by knockout in the ring, by checkmate in chess, by the judge’s decision, or if the opponent exceeds the nine minutes allotted to the chess game.
  • The rules have been made in such a way, that contestants are required to demonstrate high levels of skill in both disciplines in order to win.
  • You can download the rulebook below. 

History of chessboxing

Chessboxing was brought to life by dutch born Iepe Rubingh in 2003. He was inspired by „Froid Équateur“, a graphic novel written by cartoonist Enki Bilal in 1992. The first chessboxing competition took place in Berlin in 2003. That same year, the first world championship fight was held in Amsterdam in cooperation with the Dutch Boxing Association as well as the Dutch Chess Federation and under the auspices of the World Chess Boxing Organisation (WCBO) that was founded in Berlin shortly before. Dutch middleweight fighters Iepe Rubingh and Jean Louis Veenstra faced each other in the ring.


After his opponent exceeded the chess time limit, Rubingh won the fight in the 11th round going down in the history books as the first ever World Chess Boxing Champion. The same goes for the Chess Boxing Club Berlin, created in the following year (2004), that is the first of its kind making Berlin the birthplace of chessboxing.

Amateur chessboxing rulebook
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