Ahmedabad will host the 10th National Chess Boxing Championship from September 9-11, 22

The 10th National Chess Boxing Championship, organized by the Chess Boxing Organization of India and hosted by the Chess Boxing Association of Gujarat, will take place in Ahmedabad from 9-11 September 2022 at Reliance Mall, Shahibaug.

With Gujarat hosting the 10th National Chess Boxing Championship for the first time ever, the event will see all the luminaries of the chess boxing community.

The tournament includes different categories of children, cadets, sub-juniors, juniors, youth, seniors and masters, boys and girls, and men and women. It is also the selection competition for the Indian team that will represent India in the 4th World Chess Boxing Championship in Antalya Turkey from 12th to 17th November 2022

“Gujarat is the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel. We are privileged to announce that the 10th National Chess Boxing Championship will be held in Ahmedabad, one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the country and where different sports are gaining popularity. We are confident that the national championship will be a huge success with the participation of athletes from across the country. We are grateful to the Chess Boxing Association of Gujarat for hosting the championship,” said Montu Das, Founder and Chairman of Chess Boxing Organization of India.

Chess boxing is a hybrid sport that combines chess and boxing and requires excellent physical and mental fitness from competitors. Opponents compete in alternating rounds of chess and boxing. The competition begins with a game of chess followed by a game of boxing and so on. The fight is decided by checkmate and overtime in chess rounds, abandonment in chess or boxing, and knockout or referee’s decision in boxing rounds.

“We are pleased to host the 10th National Chess Boxing Championship and express our sincere gratitude to the Chess Boxing Organization of India and especially the President Montu Das for this opportunity. We are confident that the championship will help popularize boxing chess as a sport in Ahmedabad and Gujarat, we will do our best to make this event a resounding success,” said Mehul Mehta, President of Chess Boxing Association of Gujarat.

The 10th National Chess Boxing Championship will be held at Reliance Mall in Shahibaug, Ahmedabad.

A relatively new sport, chess boxing originated in 1992 and has been adopted by many nations since. The sport’s governing bodies are the World Chess Boxing Organization and the World Chess Boxing Association. Chess boxing was only launched in Gujarat in July 2021 but has become quite a popular sport.

Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh, who died in 2020, created the World Chess Boxing Organization in 2003 in Berlin. The first World Chess Boxing Championship was held in Amsterdam the same year.

An amateur chess boxing match consists of 5–7 alternating rounds of chess and boxing, starting and ending with chess, while a professional match consists of 11 alternating rounds. Each round lasts three minutes, followed by a one-minute break. Chess rounds are played under time control, with a total of nine minutes allocated to each player.

The opening ceremony of the 10th National Chess Boxing Championship will be held on September 9. Grandmaster Tejas Bakre will play the opening match. All matches will take place on September 10 and 11, with prize distribution on September 11. The annual general meeting of the Chess Boxing Organization of India will also take place in Ahmedabad on September 10. Reliance is the venue partner for the 10th National Chess Boxing Championship, while Simulations Public Affairs Management Services is the public relations partner. Electrotherm India Ltd. and Polycable Accessories are the associate sponsors, and Brain Power Chess Academy is the chess partner.

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