Chess Boxing Catches On In India

December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

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.

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