I can’t understand why nobody thought of this any sooner. After all, it is a well-known fact that most boxers are avid chess players whenever out of the ring. Just think of Joe Frazier’s famous Scandinavian defense and surprise checkmate move against Mohammed Ali in their hotel lobby right before the thrilla of Manilla. Or who could forget Mike Tyson’s stunning Latvian gambit against Frank Bruno in the locker room just minutes before beating and eating the stuffing out of him?

Well now boxers don’t have to wait until the boxing match is over before they can start contemplating their next chess moves again. They can play chess during the match. That’s right. They can mentally intimidate their opponent on the chessboard while beating the crap out of him in the boxing ring, all at the same time. At least that’s how they do it here in Berlin. Just ask Frank Stoldt a.k.a. “Anti Terror”, the latest Grand Master.

Chess Boxing is all the rage here these days, or it could be. Actually, it is not very popular at all. Come to think of it, I’m not sure if anybody I know has ever even heard of the sport. But that doesn’t matter. It’s becoming more and more popular all the time, or is bound to. It has to. Rumor is that it is even being taught at a Berlin school. And here you thought Berlin kids weren’t smart. And tough.

I coulda been a contenda.

Thanks for the link, Joe.

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