Find the toughest man and the smartest man. That is the goal of ‘Chessboxing’, a sport that mixes chess and boxing. Mental speed and strength are two fundamental aspects in a discipline that emerged in 2003 and consists of 11 rounds. Three of chess, which take place in four-minute tests and five of boxing, with physical confrontations that last three minutes.
“Enduring failure and bad times makes it a very interesting sport,” says Jonathan Rodríguez, boxing coach in León and the only Spaniard to have played a World Cup.
There are two ways to win: by KO or checkmate. In this sport you have to be balanced, at least be solid and more conservative in one and more aggressive in the other.
In chess pride hurts, while in boxing you feel physical blows. But, both disciplines share concentration and effort.