Thursday, May 27, 2010

Chess boxing

Via BoardGameNews comes this item on chess boxing, where rounds of chess alternate with rounds of boxing. What an odd concept - deep brain exercise alternating with brain damage, both of them involving a passionate contest of will and ego.  I've been struggling to think up a comparable combination sport like this, and I don't think there is one - both chess and boxing are terribly personal, visceral pastimes.

Two things I know, though.  First, if you had to win only one side of this competition, pick boxing - I imagine it would be deeply satisfying to thrash the guy beating you in chess. Second,  it would totally suck to get the pulp pounded out of you by a guy who can also beat you in chess.


  1. Try the "nordic combined" which combines cross country ski with shooting. Although they do use targets instead of German soldiers these days.

  2. Yeah, that's a good example, although those are at least things you'd do in the same place wearing the same clothes.

    NFL + Rhythmic Gymnastics? That could be cool.