Chess Boxing Catches On In India
December 4, 2013 §
from the Nikipol Trilogy
According to a BBC report posted yesterday, chess boxing, invented by comic book creator Enki Bilal, is catching on in India, with teams competing on a national level.
In less than two years of its launch, 10 state-level associations organising championships have come up, while seven more states have shown interest in the sport.
While bigger states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have formed state-level teams, smaller north-eastern states like Tripura and Manipur are also represented.
Of about 300 registered chess boxers in India, 195 and 245 players participated in the two national-level tournaments held in 2013.
What? The Nikopol Trilogy is one of my favorite comic books ever, and I still resent the U.S. Postal Service for losing my copy of it when I moved from San Francisco back to New York. The idea of the sport is silly, but awesome – which is exactly why I need to start training.