The 10th National Chess Boxing Championship, organised by the Chess Boxing Organisation of India and hosted by the Chess Boxing Association of Gujarat, will take place in Ahmedabad from 9th to 11thSeptember 2022 at Reliance Mall, Shahibaug.
Gujarat being the host for very first time for 10th National Chess Boxing Championship, the event will witness all the luminaries from the Chess Boxing community.
The tournament comprises of different categories from kids, cadets, sub-junior, junior, youth, senior & masters, boys & girls, and to men & women. It is also the selection competition for the Indian team that will represent India in the 4th World Chess Boxing Championship at Antalya in Turkey from 12th to 17thNovember 2022
“Gujarat is the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel. It is our privilege to announce that the 10th National Chess Boxing Championship will take place in Ahmedabad, one of the largest and fastest-growing cities in the country, and one where different sports are growing in popularity. We are confident that the National Championship will be a hugely successful one with the participation of sportspersons from across the country. We are thankful to the Chess Boxing Association of Gujarat for hosting the championship,” said Montu Das, Founder & President, Chess Boxing Organisation of India.
Chess Boxing is a hybrid sport that combines chess and boxing and demands top mental and physical fitness from competitors. The opponents face off in alternate rounds of chess and boxing. The contest starts with a round of chess followed by a round of boxing and so on. The contest is decided by checkmate and exceeding the time limit in chess rounds, retirement in either chess or boxing round, and knockout or referee’s decision in boxing rounds.
“We are happy to host the 10th National Chess Boxing Championship and express our sincere gratitude to the Chess Boxing Organisation of India and especially President Montu Das for this opportunity. We are confident that the championship will help in popularising Chess Boxing as a sport in Ahmedabad and Gujarat. We will do our best to make the event a roaring success,” said Mehul Mehta, President, Chess Boxing Association of Gujarat.
The 10th National Chess Boxing Championship will take place at Reliance Mall in Shahibaug, Ahmedabad.
A relatively new sport, chess boxing came into existence in 1992 and has been embraced by many nations since. The sport’s governing bodies are the World Chess Boxing Organisation and the World Chess Boxing Association. Chess boxing was launched in Gujarat only in July 2021 but has become quite a popular sport.
Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh, who passed away in 2020, established the World Chess Boxing Organisation in 2003 in Berlin. The first World Chess boxing Championship took place in Amsterdam in the same year.
An amateur chess boxing match consists of 5-7 alternating rounds of chess and boxing, starting and ending with chess whereas, a professional match comprises 11 alternating rounds. Each round lasts three minutes, followed by a one-minute break. The chess rounds are played under time control, with a total of nine minutes allotted to each player.
The opening ceremony of the 10th National Chess Boxing Championship will take place on September 9. Grandmaster Tejas Bakre will play the opening match. All the matches will take place on September 10 and 11, and the prize distribution on September 11. The annual general meeting of the Chess Boxing Organisation of India will also take place in Ahmedabad on September 10. Reliance is the venue partner for the 10th National Chess Boxing Championship, while Simulations Public Affairs Management Services is the PR partner. Electrotherm India Ltd. and Polycable Accessories are the associate sponsors, and Brain Power Chess Academy is the chess partner.