[FoRK] The mystery of chessboxing

Lucas Gonze < lgonze at panix.com > on > Fri Jul 14 14:15:25 PDT 2006

Netflix ahoy!  Thanks, FoRKie!

On Fri, 14 Jul 2006, amaah at comcast.net wrote:

> 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/
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> 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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