Chess Boxing: The Sport of Wits & Hits

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Sport Featured: Chess Boxing

By: Bryce Cameron

Chess boxing is a hybrid sport that combines chess with boxing in interchanging sequences. Chess boxing has experienced two surges of popularity: the first in the late 1970s and another that has been prevalent for the last decade. Though no published link exists between the global chessboxing movement that subsists and the images and film from the seventies, Wu-Tang Clan released a track that brought extensive attractiveness to the idea.

Chess boxing was witnessed for the first time at a boxing club in South London, after being imagined by brothers James and Stewart Robinson, both strong amateur boxers and club chess players. The siblings first chessboxing club persisted for four years and its participants watched the release of the significant 1979 Hong Kong martial arts film, “The Mystery Of Chessboxing” When the notion of chess boxing was reestablished, it…

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in both Bakersfield and the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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