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Chessboxing

Following Andy Costello's good performance and much interest in his other sport at Torbay, I wondered if people would be interested in knowing more about chessboxing:
  • Chessboxing article in the Guardian
  • Chessboxing feature on the BBC
  • Material imbalance: Queen for Two Rooks

    I have to say, if this is the aspect of your game most in need of fixing, then count yourself lucky, but there are some general lessons to be learned.

    Example games:

    Ish follows some theory:

    Kramnik wins with the Rooks:

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    From Sverre.Johnsen@dnv.com  Fri Nov 21 12:27:48 1997
    
    Anyway these activities are very popular in Norway. When organizing
    summer camps or larger team competitions we always try to find some
    time for social/ physical activities like "relay-chess", "basket
    chess" or "chat-team" competitions. A brief explanation:
    
    RELAY-CHESS
    
    This is a competition between two teams. It is basically an ordinary
    game of chess where the teams have to run a bit to do their
    moves. They can each have from 2 to app.12 players.

    Index to Canon

    Mostly in order:
    • 001: Basic Tactics
    • 100: More tactics
    • 131: A puzzle
    • 132: Attacking play
    • 142: Model games for beginners
    • 164: Pawn sacrifices
    • 185: Attacking the castled King
    • 235: Sacrifices
    • 253: Queen's-side attack
    • 258: Openings
    • 293: Castling
    • 316: Opening theory
    • 321: Opening rules
    • 338: Exchanging
    • 343: Two Bishops or Time
    • 345: Positional elements
    • 409: Planning
    • 434: Space
    • 440: Weak pawns
    • 499: Why do we lose at chess
    • 500: Strategy and Tactics (Euwe)
    • 501: Strategy and Tactics II
    • 503: Clock control
    • 508: Endgame openings
    • 518: Meat and potatoes
    • 519: Swindling
    • 529: Problem themes in play
    • 545: Simple chess
    • 557: The Art of Analysis
    • 583: Defence
    • 638: Errors
    • 666: King's Indian Defence
    • 673: Manoeuvres
    • 688: Material inequality
    • 701: Psychology
    • 712: Style
    • 727: Endgames
    • 730: Pawn endings
    • 746: Pawn endings
    • 798: Pawn endings
    • 735: Mate with BB & BN
    • 750: Q vs R
    • 752: Rook endings
    • 834: Rook endings
    • 764: Outside passed pawn
    • 765: Bishops endings
    • 783: Bishop endings
    • 767: Two bishops
    • 780: Opposite bishops
    • 786: technique
    • 787: Blockades
    • 785: A finesse
    • 796: Finesses
    • 810: Minor piece endings
    • 812: Model endgame play
    • 819: Queenless middlegames
    • 822: Endgame openings
    • 823: Problem paradox
    • 854: Graded endgame exercises
    • 893: King's Indian Defence
    • 899: Lessons from Fischer
    • 905: Lessons from Capablanca
    • 914: Lessons from Nunn
    • 920: Lessons from Rubinstein
    • 924: Lessons from Tal
    • 934: Queen's Gambit Accepted and the IQP
    • 948: Queen's Gambit Exchange Variation

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