Chessboxing was brought to life by dutch born Iepe Rubingh in 2003. He was inspired by „Froid Équateur“, a graphic novel written by cartoonist Enki Bilal in 1992. ZB: Enki: I couldn’t belive it, Iepe had brough my idea to life! It was fantastic“
In 2003, the worlds first chessboxing fight between Jean Louis Veenstra and Iepe Rubingh was fought in Amsterdam and was won by Rubingh.
The historic event was watched by over one thousand fascinated spectators. Sports had been taken to a new level.