Image: Karthik Subramanian
Sergio “The Phoenix” Leveque and Tim Woolgar fight in the ring.
A chess boxing match is divided into 11 rounds; six of chess and five of boxing. The chess rounds last for four minutes and the boxing rounds for three or four. Competitors are given a minute’s break between each round to change their clothes and perhaps adjust their thinking modes.
We imagine going from an exhausting bout of physically pummeling your opponent – or them pummeling you – to sitting down and trying to perform strategic chess moves would be the trickier transition. It looks pretty tough either way, though; and for a first time observer, a little comical too.