Public Radio of Armenia
Levon Aronian’s girlfriend Arianna Caoili offers the Armenian Boxing Federation to organize a chess boxing tournament in Armenia.
The combination of chess and boxing –tow sports that seem to have nothing in common – grows into an interesting show. It’s a sport requiring brain and brawn.
The object of chess boxing is to either beat your opponent in alternate rounds of chess or boxing. Matches can be won from either discipline with the chess coming down to check mate or forfeit and the boxing in either a stoppage or points decision.
Players go head to head in chess boxing and the match starts with a four minute round of chess. The players then go into the ring for a three minute round of boxing before again returning to the chess board. The match consists of six rounds in all (3 rounds of chess and 3 rounds of boxing) with 1 minute intervals between rounds.
President of the Armenian Boxing Federation Arthur Gevorgyan says many Armenian boxers are interested in participating in the show. According to him, there are many boxers, who play chess, others will start training in leisure time.
Arthur Gevorgyan believes the tournament will help the sportsmen earn money and fame, to train their physical and mental abilities.
Examples of chess-boxing matches can be accessed here.