NYC ChessBoxing™

Established in 2010, NYC ChessBoxing™ integrates boxing's raw athleticism and the mental acuity required 
in chess to forge the most complete sporting competition known to man.

NYC ChessBoxing

Whether you are participating or spectating, ChessBoxing is an astonishingly entertaining and handsomely rewarding experience.  

ChessBoxing training offers a unique opportunity to hone both mental and physical strengths in an integrated session that is challenging 

while thrilling.  NYC ChessBoxing events are expected to fall into the ranks of the most exciting nights out in New York City as the training 

sessions have been truly and magnificently awe-inspiring!


What is ChessBoxing!?  An interview with the CEO & Founder

The central theme in ChessBoxing is the fusion of cerebral prowess and savage-like vigor into a hybrid that tries its competitors' limits both mentally and physically.


A chessboxing bout consists of two opponents contesting alternating-rounds of chess and boxing.  The match starts and ends with a round of chess, with boxing rounds in-between.

A bout consists of 11 rounds, 6 rounds of chess, and 5 rounds of boxing.  The chess rounds are 4 minutes and the boxing rounds are 3 minutes.  Each contestant is given 12 minutes on his or her chess timer at the commencement of the bout.  Between each round is a 1 minute intermission during which contestants change their gear.  The bout is decided by: checkmate (chess round), flag-fall/time expiration (chess round), resignation/retirement (chess or boxing round), KO (boxing round), or decision (boxing round).  If the chess game ends in a stalemate/draw, the opponent with the higher score on the card wins.  In the event of an even judge's card with a stalemate/draw in the chess game, the contestant with the black pieces wins. 

ChessBoxing: Bash the Bishop