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Brains and brawn win out in the end. Sergio “The Phoenix” beats Tim Woolgar at the Boston Dome in London.
Despite how it might look to some, the origins of chess boxing lie not in comedy so much as art. Dutch performance artist Iepe Rubingh founded the sport after he got the idea from a comic book by French writer Enki Bilal. “I don’t like having borders between things,” says Rubingh, who would one day like to see chess boxing become an Olympic event. “People are too focused on classifying sport in only one way. Life is much broader than that.”