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It’s not often anyone works up such a sweat during a chess game: Rajko Vujatovic has been a trainer and a chess referee since the beginning of the Chess Boxing club in London.
The WCBO’s motto is: “Fighting is done in the ring and wars are waged on the board.” To be a good chess boxer requires training in both areas. “The recommended training program entails chess boxing sparring as well as 400-meter chess (a fast-paced lap around the running track alternated with a three-minute ‘blitz’ match of chess, 11 rounds long) and gong chess (three minutes at the sandbag followed by four minutes of chess),” according to the WCBO. “Basically forms of training that combine extreme physical strain for three minutes, alternating between four-minute rounds of chess.” Phew, just reading about it makes us feel tired.