Bizarre spectator events are becoming more than just a fleeting trend. We recently told you about staring contests in bars (StareMaster TC) and rock, paper, scissors competitions at parties. Now, chess-boxing is the latest in novelty entertainment. A chess-boxing match consists of 11 rounds, each round consisting of four minutes of chess and two minutes of boxing. The combination of physical and mental challenge is the driving philosophy behind the “sport”. Chess-boxing has received so much attention in Berlin that a club devoted entirely to it is opening there this June.
Although we may not see any actual chess-boxing clubs open here in the States, we can imgaine similar tournaments being staged in bars and clubs. Multi-dimensional personalities continue to be a growing trend, as it’s no longer enough to be just a jock or just a brain, so it makes sense that young people may want to bear witness to such. The concept of fusing mind and body in this way could also become a more widely used training method for other competitive sports.