[FoRK] The mystery of chessboxing

amaah at comcast.net < amaah at comcast.net > on > Fri Jul 14 07:46:54 PDT 2006

Let's get our histories straight...

The concept of chessboxing comes from the shaolin kung fu flick: The Mystery of the Chessboxing

This is a film much beloved by grime movie lovers to the extent that it was sung about by the Wu Tang Clan in their 1993 debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000002WPI/

The song of course was The Mystery Of Chessboxing

Furthermore Ghostface Killah takes his name from Ghost Face Killer, villain in said film

The plot thickens as life imitates art imitating art twice removed.


 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Corinna <corinna.schultz at gmail.com>
> Invented by a performance artist. Apparently enough people do this, that there's
> a championship.
> 
> There's something strangely... fascinating... about the concept. Can you imagine
> a "Rocky" remake?
> 
> I would be concerned about the potential for brain damage, though.
> 
> ---
> http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=chessboxing
> 
> Two competitors face each other in 11 alternating rounds, six of chess, five of
> boxing. A bout begins with chess, which is played on a board placed directly in
> the middle of the ring. Each round of chess lasts four minutes. After each chess
> round, the bell sounds, and workmen remove the chessboard for a two-minute round
> of boxing, the gloves go back on, the punching recommences. Participants win by
> way of knockout, checkmate, referee's decision, or if his opponent exceeds the
> allotted total of 12 minutes for an entire match on the chessboard. Those are
> the basics, but they do little to answer the overriding question: Why?

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