I was sitting at home on vacation, when a friend told me to check Facebook to see the greatest sport every devised. I turned away from my kitchen to take a look.
Having been a competitive Go player in college, I had a significant appreciation for competitive board games. Having been a cross-country runner in high school, I had a significant appreciation for athletics.
However, I wasn’t particularly interested. Roger insisted saying: “Look! First they play, then they fight. Isn’t that AWESOME?”
Now, if you stop and think about it, it does make a lot of sense. The same kinds of skills apply to boxing and chess: reading your enemy, drawing him into a weak moment, then delivering a final takedown attack to complete the victory.
In fact, that fact that they need to continue using their brains after taking a pounding has considerable real-life connection to battlefield performance. Smart, strong warriors would be victorious where short sighted or weak ones would not.
The amount of skill required to compete in this sport is immense. A recent reports indicates that the ELO system for chess caps out at around 2800. For chess-boxing, that number is around 3300. Assuming they use the same starting point, what this says is that despite the smaller number of chess-boxing players, the skill gap between the best and worst player is much larger.
Boxing is quite popular. Chess is quite popular. Why then isn’t Chess-Boxing also popular? Clearly there’s a ton of talent and skill involved.
Know Your Audience
“Well, my team has been doing pretty well and I’ve been following the linebacker in my Fantasy Football league. I’m pretty sure if he gets a first down, I’ll come back to take 2nd in my league.”
Arm Wrestling is Simple
- Plays just like regular chess
- When pieces fight, the opponents arm wrestle to determine if a piece is killed.
Awesome – that should make for a better sport, right?