Chessboxing in London

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A couple of weeks ago I headed to Tufnell Park for my second experience of the hybrid sport of chessboxing. In a chessboxing fight two opponents play alternating rounds of chess and boxing and, although I’m the first to admit it sounds a little crazy,  it really works.  

The Chessboxing Organisation’s site states that “Through chessboxing training we embrace a system of continual personal development without limitations”. All I know is it makes for a hugely entertaining evening, particularly once you throw in some dry ice, a hulahooper and a dancing man in a blue suit!

A round of chess takes four minutes and a round of boxing three minutes. Between the rounds there is a one minute pause, during which competitors change their gear. A win can be decided by either the chess or boxing.

If you think this sounds like your cup of tea and want to get involved, you have a couple of options.  You can come along as a spectator to the next bout on 15 May at The Boston Arms, tickets to be released.  

Or, you can have a go yourself!  There is chessboxing training available this weekend at Rooney’s Boxing Gym near London Bridge.

I was really pleased to see that the second event I attended had an even bigger turnout than the previous one (hopefully aided by me and my friends telling all and sundry that they are missing THE night out in London).  There may even be a special event in April so keep an eye on The Chessboxing Organisation website.

Hope to see you there in May!


  1. magnus says:

    Best sport ever!

  2. Lilac says:

    I’m always keen for stuff at The Boston!

  3. Foamy says:

    When will London embrace my idea — cheeseboxing? There’s nothing like seeing a burly bloke going a few rounds against a muscular emmenthal, or a good runny brie.