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Meet the New Chess Boxing Champion of the World

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the milda-shibonis dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 235

Attila Dimedici writes "A Russian man has just been crowned world champion in the sport of chess boxing. Apparently the idea originated in a French comic strip from the early '90s. In 2003 a Dutch artist decided to bring the 'sport' to life. The 'sport' is played by starting a chess match in the middle of a boxing ring. After four minutes, the chess board is cleared and the opponents box for three minutes. A match consists of six rounds of chess and five rounds of boxing. A match is decided by knockout, checkmate, or points."

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That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard (5, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081197)

and I can't wait to watch it.

Re:That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever hea (0)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081315)

I'd use the chess board to effect a knockout.

As Ron White puts it, "I'm a glandular player".

Actually, this may not be as idiotic as it sounds. (5, Interesting)

RustinHWright (1304191) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081351)

Once I started RTFAing the repeated comments about concentration and ability to shift modes starting getting my attention. Modern pentathalon [wikipedia.org] started out as a way to simulate certain kinds of combat, and, for its time, made quite a bit of sense. I'm willing to bet that we'll see some very serious people start to get into this as a way to hone skills used for activities that aren't cheesy at all. A way to test one's ability to think strategically and tactically while out of breath and in pain is a damn good thing for anybody who is expected to function in combat. Even first responders in non-violent professions might gain from this.

Gotta say, not for me, to say the least, but I'll be very curious to see how this evolves and what kinds of people end up getting into it.

Re:Actually, this may not be as idiotic as it soun (4, Interesting)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082343)

Looking at the pentathlon, it seems interesting, but kind of a downer that they put shooting, and fencing as the first two events. I am of course assuming that they listed the events in the order in which they are usually done. It would be much more challenging to try and steady a gun after running and biking, than at the beginning of the competition. Which is why I find the biathlon kind of interesting. I have enough trouble aiming a gun that accurately (although I've only ever shot pellet guns, which are notorious for bad aim). I can't imagine having good aim after cross country skiing for any length of time.

Re:Actually, this may not be as idiotic as it soun (4, Interesting)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082887)

It's not as hard as you would think. You can't hold a rifle pointed at a target anyways, no one can. You hold it so it traces a predictable pattern that intersects your target, then time your squeeze so everything comes together. Personally, my muscles tend to move my sight in a squashed figure 8 pattern. When you're tired and out of breath, the pattern will get larger, but it will remain the same shape, and be just as predictable.

Re:Actually, this may not be as idiotic as it soun (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082345)

Forget all that shit. Once the ice age comes, you're not going to need anything but the biathlon. Ski and shoot!

Re:That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever hea (5, Funny)

Chrisje (471362) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081557)

They can't televise it!

The First Rule of Chess Club is You Do Not Talk about Chess Club!

Re:That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever hea (-1, Offtopic)

Alpha Whisky (1264174) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081775)

Oh, how I wish I had mod points right now.

Re:That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever hea (0, Offtopic)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081959)

Damn! I have some but already posted on this thread.

Re:That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever hea (-1, Offtopic)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081843)

Sometimes, on very special occasions, /. should allow +6 ratings.

Re:That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever hea (5, Insightful)

Tom (822) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081671)

I don't think it's ridiculous at all. Anyone trained in any martial art (not just eastern, count boxing, fencing, etc. as well) will probably agree.

Keeping your senses and your ability to think during a fight is anything but trivial, and requires a lot of training.

Most regular people would probably have trouble just remembering how the pieces move after a few minutes of fighting, with all the adrenaline pumping and your whole body in "I have no time for thinking" mode.

Nikopol Trilogy (1)

DrYak (748999) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081697)

Yeah, but does this tournament allows ancient Egyptians Gods [wikipedia.org] cheating and helping their favourite participants ?

Re:Nikopol Trilogy (3, Insightful)

Zhe Mappel (607548) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081835)

FYI to anyone who hasn't read it: the trilogy is good science fiction. Bilal's art is easily among the most memorable in comics, but I like his writing as well -- a rich, ironic feast.

Other Media (2, Informative)

DrYak (748999) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082159)

There's also the movie Immortel (ad vitam) [wikipedia.org] , also written and directed by Bilal himself, roughly based on the same story as the Nikopol trilogy.

And Benoit Sokal's Whit Birds Productions [whitebirds...ctions.com] have a point'n'click adventure game called Nikopol, based on this series in their pipeline.

Re:Nikopol Trilogy (1)

Nasajin (967925) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082187)

True, but he's a pretty bad film director. They converted the Nikopol trilogy into the film Immortal [wikipedia.org] , which was singularly memorable as a piece of terrible scripting and bad CG. What's worse is that they converted the three comics into the one film essentially by overlaying the plots simultaneously... which naturally ruined any sense of coherent narrative progression that occurs in the comic series.

Re:That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever hea (1)

pegdhcp (1158827) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082157)

C'mon, this is the new academical research technique for Parkinson's Diseases' effects on cognitive abilities...

"Unbiased" version (1)

enemorales (1172133) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082953)

When will the wii version come out?

new sport.. (5, Funny)

Rixel (131146) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081207)

Hmmm....

I have come up with a new sport come April

Tax-Sex

You sit in the middle of the Kitchen and agonize over deductions for 10 minutes, then do it doggy style on them thar reciepts.

Re:new sport.. (5, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081291)

Just one question: Where in the hell are you finding hot, horny accountants?

Certainly not at the H&R Block....

Re:new sport.. (1)

Propaganda13 (312548) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081367)

I've come up with a better one.

Blackjack-Sex

and this time you don't have to forget about the Blackjack!

(waits for posts about a black guy named Jack.)

Re:new sport.. (-1, Offtopic)

joaommp (685612) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081455)

(waits for posts about a black guy named Jack.)

Nope... I got nothing.

Re:new sport.. (1)

jlindy (1028748) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081733)

You missed the obvious Futurama reference! it should be Blackjack-Hookers!

Re:new sport.. (5, Funny)

Joebert (946227) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081459)

Where's the new part ?

I've been getting fucked on my taxes for years.

Re:new sport.. (3, Funny)

mattbee (17533) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081463)

God that's sad - your post just reminded me to pay a late credit card bill, and now my finances are square for the month! Now where are the nipple-clamps?

Re:new sport.. (1)

autocracy (192714) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082293)

Accountants + alcohol. They appear to be slightly crazier than frat / sorority crowds when intoxicated.

Re:new sport.. (5, Funny)

greg1104 (461138) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082415)

This sport, combining complicated tax work with being fucked hard, already exists: they call it "getting an audit".

I'd put money on the boxer any day (4, Insightful)

piltdownman84 (853358) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081213)

Wouldn't this heavily favour brawn over brains? I mean any half decent bruiser could just avoid getting checkmated right away and then knock the nerd out in the first round.

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (1)

damburger (981828) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081221)

All you need then, is someone who can stand a single round in the ring and isn't a complete moron. Your pure bruiser fails the knockout, then gets suckered into a scholars mate.

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (1)

dnwq (910646) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081237)

but a bruiser can punch you and keep punching, while in chess you'd have to wait for him to move before enacting your Master Plan

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (1)

damburger (981828) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081327)

What has that got to do with anything? It isn't like the boxing and chess are simultaneous.

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081437)

It isn't like the boxing and chess are simultaneous.

Hmmm, it's not a bad idea though...

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (1)

joaommp (685612) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081461)

Yeah, pawns actually boxing each other to sleep...

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24081273)

I don't see a problem. Fighers don't fight outside their class, so why would they do it when chess-boxing. Bruiser vs. nerd would be a very odd matchup. This is a game for intellectual pugilists.

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (4, Funny)

joaommp (685612) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081467)

Mike Tyson would bite the other player's pawns heads off.

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (1)

crossmr (957846) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081757)

I don't know if you've looked around lately but not all "nerds" are the svelte skinny nerds of "Revenge of the Nerds"
Nor are punishing boxers necessarily huge. Many of the light weights are not that heavy and would absolutely pulverize someone who was not in good boxing form. They could very easily hold off a good chess player for 2 rounds of chess which would be enough time to destroy them.

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (3, Interesting)

WingedHorse (1308431) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081837)

Yeah. My Linux and programming teacher in college was also competing for finnish championship on heavy weight boxing, he taught Krav Maga and free wrestling (not with shows and faking but the real thing) on evening and had been years to israel to study Krav Maga. Needless to say, he had a decent authority at keeping the class quiet. Anyways, the said teacher would propably have exceled at this sport. I don't think that my 9th grade math teacher who was a basketball player and over 7 feet tall would have totally sucked in it either. The SEO guy next to me (I work at internet marketing company and yeah, I should be working right now) played on finnish championship level in icehockey. My boss used to do thai boxing.

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (5, Informative)

techsoldaten (309296) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081285)

The chess part is speed chess, which can be quite difficult and heavily favors those who are well practiced in strategy and able to make decisions faster.

Players are given 1 - 5 minutes each to win a game, which generally does not result in a checkmate outcome. Rather, the person whose time expires first loses. The best strategy is to set up complex positions on the board that require ample thought on the part of your opponent and watch his or her time expire.

I would put my money on the chess player who can roll with the punches and make effective 1 second moves on the board. You can do rope a dope sometimes by letting other players move very quickly and eating up their major pieces when they make a mistake.

M

Much more than 5 minutes of chess (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24081699)

It's stated that there are 6 rounds of chess with 4 minutes per round. That works out to more than 20 minutes of chess, not "1 - 5 minutes to win."

I've played competitive Lightning (5 mins) and Speed (15 mins) chess before. Ample time to win a game in both modes.

Most difficult part here is probably trying to remember your plan after the boxing.

Re:Much more than 5 minutes of chess (1)

dontPanik (1296779) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082893)

In TFA it says they "clear the board" after each round of chess. Does that mean the game ends, or is it like your saying, the game is preserved and picked up later?

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24081729)

Players are given 1 - 5 minutes each to win a game, which generally does not result in a checkmate outcome. Rather, the person whose time expires first loses. The best strategy is to set up complex positions on the board that require ample thought on the part of your opponent and watch his or her time expire.

Setting up complex positions takes some thinking on your part too. Quite difficult to make 1 second moves that result in an opponent thinking for a lot more than that. Also, if he chooses to exchange pieces then you have less tools to create a complex situation.

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (5, Informative)

7 digits (986730) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081761)

> Players are given 1 - 5 minutes each to win a game, which generally does not result in a checkmate outcome
Do you actually play chess ? Blitz games often ends in checkmate, because the player with the biggest time pressure will blunder.

I have seen my son give otb (=over the board) checkmate in rapid chess to someone 300 ELO higher than him with 3 seconds vs 5 seconds left and 8 moves.

Of course, the player with worst position can choose not to move and lose on time, but it is the stupidest thing to do, because in chess, you can think on the opponent time

Just look at the tie-break in US women championship [chessbase.com] . 11 seconds vs 2 seconds. Wanna bet who won ?

Lurk around playchess.com. You'll see 1 minute bullets games (ie: 1 minute for each opponents). The average rate of play is higher than 1 move per second, and they generally finish in checkmate.

PS: slashdot formatting is borken for me. Can' do proper paragraphs. Such is life

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (0)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082367)

PS: slashdot formatting is borken for me. Can' do proper paragraphs. Such is life

Try closing your paragraph tags, like a good boy. That's all it takes. I do it every day (pretty much literally) :P

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (4, Interesting)

Temtongkek (975742) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082105)

"The chess part is speed chess, which can be quite difficult and heavily favors those who are well practiced in strategy and able to make decisions faster." Mistake. Huge mistake. Those who are able toplay blitz/bullet/speed/whatever-u-want-to-call-it Chess are excellent TACTICIANS. Strategy, the long-term plan in Chess, is almost always sacrificed in favor of shorter-term, more easily calculated variations designed to trap/x-ray/skewer/check/checkmate your opponent. There simply isn't time to formulate anything strategically. In speed Chess, it's tactics. On the other side of the coin, if you play a few rounds of speed Chess and then try your hand at a non-speed game, you'll find yourself being a lot more impulsive and blundering due to lack of foresight and proper calcuations to thwart your enemy's plans.

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (5, Interesting)

Propaganda13 (312548) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081355)

I thought the same thing, and figured they must have rules against this type of play.

  But then couldn't a boxer like Mike Tyson immediately win the world champion title in the second round of the fight?

No, the WCBO's statutes foresee a minimum ELO ranking of 1800 in chess. Each competitor has to fulfil this minimum standard in order to participate in an official chessboxing fight. Someone like Mike Tyson would need years of training to reach this standard...
In addition, there's also the zugzwang rule. When a chessboxer doesn't make a move and the referee has good reason to believe that he or she is doing this deliberately, a warning is issued. When the chessboxer still fails to make a move, a second warning is issued whereupon he or she is forced to make a move. If no move is made upon the second warning, the player is immediately disqualified.

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082311)

how do you know if Mike Tyson would need years of training to reach 1800?

for all you know he could be a huge chess buff and play it in his free time every chance he gets. Looks can be deceiving you know.

Did you know that the RZA of wu-tang clan is a chess champion? He even has his own online chess league, trying to encourage inner city kids to "flex their mentals."

Re:I'd put money on the boxer any day (1)

rpillala (583965) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082283)

Yeah he might 'swell run into the wall and bang his head.

Why is this not on TV? (4, Funny)

damburger (981828) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081217)

I have seen the future of sports and it says 'I took a lot of body-blows in the fourth round and that affected my concentration. That's why I made a big mistake in the fifth round: I did not see him coming for my king,'

Re:Why is this not on TV? (4, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081233)

He was warned for hitting bellow the belt in the fourth round, after which I was forced to sacrifice my bishop.

Re:Why is this not on TV? (4, Funny)

Joebert (946227) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081513)

well not sacrifice intentionally, I could have sworn I still had two bishops left. Apparently that uppercut in the 3rd was harder than I thought.

Afterwards in a rare exhibition match..... (5, Funny)

multipass666 (1213904) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081241)

He goes head-to-head against the world champion of Kung-fu Go.

Re:Afterwards in a rare exhibition match..... (4, Funny)

Digestromath (1190577) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081413)

Quite frankly I'm waiting for Mixed Martial Arts Scrabble.

Post Fight Interview :

"Yeah I came out throwing hard. I was pretty much gassed with only a minute left in the round. He got me in that guillotine choke and I only barely got out. But then at the start of the next round, I hit him with a "QUOITED" on a triple word score, pretty much sealed the deal, I really want to win with a knock out, but I'll take the win on points."

Re:Afterwards in a rare exhibition match..... (2, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081603)

I would so play in the "Counter Strike / Kick Boxing" league...

"Pwnwhat? Damn sniper. Come here! I'll tear your head off."

Re:Afterwards in a rare exhibition match..... (1)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082797)

And the winner faces Bisu in Starcrwondo

Codeboxing (5, Funny)

techsoldaten (309296) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081261)

Yeah, we have something like that at my company called codeboxing.

Developers receive documentation and go off to work on something. The moment they run into an ambiguous or poorly defined requirement, they jump into the ring with the person who wrote it for up to 6 rounds of boxing. Between rounds, they refine the language of the requirement. The match is decided by a panel of managers, agreement between the two parties, or knock out.

M

Re:Codeboxing (2, Funny)

Hanners1979 (959741) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081287)

At last it comes out - The real reason for all those delays to Windows Vista.

Re:Codeboxing (1)

modicr (320487) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081357)

NO, the real reason for Vista delay was code-chairthrowing. I cannot discuss this sport because I'm under NDA ...

Re:Codeboxing (1)

hero_or_what (245446) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082707)

At last it comes out - The real reason for all those delays to Windows Vista.

Or Duke Nukem Forever!

Re:Codeboxing (1)

Morg (862656) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081497)

yes I was at the same company - and it was great fun.. ...until some jackass started throwing chairs around....

Battle Chess Nostalgia (5, Interesting)

eennaarbrak (1089393) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081275)

I was rather hoping for a BattleChess like game where the players box it out to decide which piece captures which. This just sounds ... weird.

Re:Battle Chess Nostalgia (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081381)

Archon I'm waiting for a decent DS, Wii or Linux-Port of it.

Re:Battle Chess Nostalgia (1)

chriseyre2000 (603088) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081475)

Try this for size: http://sourceforge.net/projects/brutalchess/ [sourceforge.net] Not had a chance to see if it counts as decent, but it is GPL

Re:Battle Chess Nostalgia (4, Informative)

TheLink (130905) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081605)

The difference between archon and battlechess is battlechess is just chess with 3d graphics animation of what happens when stuff is captured.

Whereas archon, just because you move the piece to a spot doesn't mean you get to eliminate the piece - what it does is it starts up an arcade battle between the two pieces.

The two pieces could be a knight versus a dragon, and if you are really good at the knight you could actually kill the dragon, it helps of course if the dragon was badly injured in previous battles and was not healed by the player (it costs a move to heal, so heals are rare).

Also in the first archon, white pieces and black pieces get health bonuses depending on whether the square is black, dark gray, gray, light gray or white.

Overall there was some strategy involved but it's typically overshadowed by arcade skills.

Re:Battle Chess Nostalgia (1)

mgblst (80109) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082267)

I always wanted to play Archon when I read about it in magazines when I was a kid (never have a C64). You have just cured me of that. Thanks.

Re:Battle Chess Nostalgia (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082427)

I only played the Quake 3 Arena version of Archon, how did the battles play out in the original?

Re:Battle Chess Nostalgia (2, Funny)

iwein (561027) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082017)

Well, battle chess was quite boring on the battle side. The outcome was only based on the chess rules. This at least gives you a fair chance. I would hate to sacrifice a pawn to Mike Tyson with battle chess rules.

Re:Battle Chess Nostalgia (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082381)

BofferWarsChess, coming to a field near you.

Re:Battle Chess Nostalgia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082813)

Mel Brooks

Knight jumps queen!
Pawn jumps queen!

hehe

The comic book is quite good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24081321)

  I've red the comic book a few years ago. It's part of a trilogy.
  The scenario is quite confusing but the drawing is very good.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Froid_%C3%89quateur

interesting. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24081363)

Somehow it still doesn't sound that exciting to me. I have to agree with eennaarbrak, BattleChess sounds fun, I really wouldn't mind seeing a bunch of chess players boxing it out.

http://www.thenaturalsapphirecompany.com [thenatural...ompany.com]

I'm not sure Enki Bilal would be proud... (3, Informative)

Ksempac (934247) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081371)

I m a big fan of the trilogy (actually i m a big fan of the author), but it's kind of weird to think that chess-boxing is now real, given that in the book it is mainly used to show the violence of the distopian world.
There is also a hockey game in the first book which ends with something like 3 goals and 5 kills for each team.
BTW : In the book, the chess-boxing match ends with the main protagonist (possessed by a god) killing his opponent with some kind of laser shot from his eyes during a chess round.

Re:I'm not sure Enki Bilal would be proud... (1, Troll)

TurboTot (1146263) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081409)

There was some idiotic rap song called the mystery of chess boxing by wu-tang clan back in the late 90's I'm wondering if (when) this gets put on the wii they will be on the soundtrack

Re:I'm not sure Enki Bilal would be proud... (1)

iwein (561027) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082035)

In the book, the chess-boxing match ends with the main protagonist (possessed by a god) killing his opponent with some kind of laser shot from his eyes during a chess round.

Interestingly there are no rules [wikipedia.org] against that.

Hmmm, now all i need .... (1)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082279)

is a chess-playing shark!

Fucking Awesome (3, Interesting)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081385)

I want to see No Holds Barred Halo Boxing. Then I get to beat the crap out of the guy who thinks hes so cool with the sniper rifle.

Let's see you pwn me now!

Seriously though, this is really awesome. I have never really been into boxing or UFC, but if that dude also had to beat the guy at Chess or some other game of skill, then that makes it very very interesting.

Not just brute force.

I can see some little nerd being undefeated in the ring since he could never lose the match within 4 minutes... but going to the hospital the day he does.

Re:Fucking Awesome (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081885)

Don't forget to hump his face after the K.O.

Re:Fucking Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082473)

I can see some little nerd being undefeated in the ring since he could never lose the match within 4 minutes... but going to the hospital the day he does.

The contestants have a total of twelve minutes each for the chess moves and the first chess round lasts four minutes. So the boxer can make one move, sit there waiting for the four minutes to run out, then pummel the chess nerd. Repeat this for the next chess round. Two rounds of boxing should do it.

Re:Fucking Awesome (2, Insightful)

Kintanon (65528) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082647)

The UFC is not "Just Brute Force" you ignorant jackass. If that were the case Brock Lesnar would be destroying everyone and Sean Sherk would have torn BJ Penn apart for the lightweight title. Skill, strategy, the ability to think and act under pressure are all more important that brute force.

Please do not propagate ignorant stereotypes.

a better game (1)

suck_burners_rice (1258684) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081407)

A better game would go something like this. Two heavyweight chess players start a match. When one takes the other's pawn by en passant, he jumps up angrily, knocks the chess board, table and all, clear into the audience and then socks that guy right in the jaw. A crazy fight ensues, in which the one who took the pawn gets beaten to a pulp.

"I can't compete with you physically, and you're no match for my brains." Sorry Vizini, brains won't do you any good when you're having your face bashed in.

I need to retire... (1)

CaptainOfSpray (1229754) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081559)

Oh God. In the summary, I read Modem Pentathlon instead of Modern, and pictured jogging with a 3COM 56K Turbo in your hand... I really, really, need to retire from this bloody line of business.

c0m (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24081575)

news.com.au image (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24081645)

What's with the news.com.au image? It's not a topic image and from the URL it looks like it's hardcoded into this story. Weird.

Article Logo (3, Interesting)

two_stripe (584918) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081661)

Whats up with the news.com.au logo next to the article: http://images.slashdot.org/articles/08/07/07/0427228-1-thumb.png [slashdot.org] ?
Is this some new way of cashing in by directing links to websites?
1. Sign advertising agreement with other news website
2. Post article to idle.slashdot.org (?????)
3. Profit!

Boobies (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081777)

"Whats up with the news.com.au logo next to the article"

It would appear that Slashdot is just copying FARK.com.

Re:Article Logo (1)

Xiroth (917768) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081941)

Yeah, it is a bit odd. I can only guess that it's a sponsorship ploy, as news.com.au is News Corp's Australian portal.

Anyone remember Mindgame from Sliders? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24081855)

As soon as I read this, it reminded me of that episode [hulu.com] of sliders where there was a sport that combined physical and mental aspects at the same time.

Mindgame was a team sport and seemed more interesting, but the concept is similar.

A New Application (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 6 years ago | (#24081993)

I suddenly see a new way to conduct contract negotiations in pro sports.

Don't just watch the sport, watch the agents and owners duke it out over who gets paid what. Who wouldn't want to see those thin-wristed weasels who pad their wallets by blackmailing the fans beat the crap out of each other?

Re:A New Application (1)

Zymergy (803632) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082285)

Somewhere there are nerdy American college students now trying to box between heated rounds of decent chess playing. New fight clubs are cropping up all over American cities... Right....

Glad somewhere, at least, they are making efforts at balanced sports.

I remember consciously feeling embarrassed that some (but certainly not all) of our American athletes possessed major skill imbalances to put it mildly.
Someday leagues such as the NFL and HNL might add IQ and each player's individual chess handicap rating on their stats pages for each player. ...Right.

I think some of our sports should have a tie-breaking round of mental challenges that educated folks could relate to... It would make the demographic expand IMHO anyway..
Try to imagine some of our "best" American athletes as they must be victorious in a tie-breaking spelling test, or better yet, have to accurately pronounce English words like "ask" and "alright" for that matter... lol

Self desturcting sports (5, Insightful)

Lazypete (863757) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082007)

The funny thing about this sports is that a champion is bound to loose its title quickly, the more the champion boxe, the worst he must be getting at chess. Since after a year or two having your face punched turn your brain into molasses...

Re:Self desturcting sports (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082413)

I would think the best player would be a mediocre chess player (on a scale of "allowed to enter" to "grand master") and a devastating boxer. Survive the chess, put the other guy's head out. Counting on your chess game to save you is not a good plan. Concussion + chess = lose, lose.

Re:Self desturcting sports (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082451)

Maybe they could play mock battles with guns then, I bet the military would love to sponsor that.

mo3 0p (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082203)

Prior Art (5, Funny)

belthize (990217) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082241)

      Sort of. 20 some odd years ago my room mate considered combining rugby and chess and called it "full contact chess".

      We played beer chess instead. Somebody had a 4'x4' chess board. Pawns were Mickey's, rooks were Fosters, queens were a bottle of wine etc. Every time a chess piece was taken you had to drink it. We rarely lost; against the beer drinker types we just out played them, against the chess player types we'd trade down pieces early and out drink them.

      Simpler times ...

Belthize

Marlon Brando (1)

PietjeJantje (917584) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082249)

That's all very nice, but how does this involve Marlon Brando in some DJ gig?

MKD (1)

the brown guy (1235418) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082457)

How about this:

Similar to Chess Kombat in Mortal Kombat Deception, where you have a (pretty) normal chess game, but whenever you capture a piece, you either both fight, or the guy who is capturing punches the n00b in the face. Think about it, you would hesitate sacrificing that pawn if you knew you could only take a few more punches.

If not, how about whenever someone caps a piece, the two guys fight for X seconds, like MK Deception, the attacker gets some sort of bonus, an extra shot in....possibly use of a fist filler etc.

Just my pre-wake n' bake thoughts of the day, trust me, it all goes downhill from here.

Geek Biathlon (1)

cenonce (597067) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082461)

Isn't this just the geek version of biathlon [wikipedia.org] (with less snow and more pummeling, of course)?

hmm... (1)

StDoodle (1041630) | more than 6 years ago | (#24082751)

I could see Josh Waitzkin [joshwaitzkin.com] doing well at this.

guess deep blue couldn't win this one eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24082951)

one field where humans have the advantage!

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