A short video about the first Chess Boxing Event in France 1st of Febuary 2013, introduction by Charlotte Rampling.
Camera: Hanna Besirevic, Sophie Lambert, Kai v. Ahlefeld
Edit: Hanna Besirevic
The World Chess Boxing Organisation (WCBO), artist Enki Bilal, and
Parisian auction house Artcurial presented an evening of mind-blowing
On February 1st 2013, Serbian artist Enki Bilal will exclusively unveiled his
latest painting at a chessboxing demonstration event.
It was the most surprising sporting event of the new year in Paris, and
merely prelude to one of the most extraordinary stories of investment.
The painting that Bilal created for the WCBO will be auctioned by
Parisian auction house Artcurial on February 23rd 2013. The proceeds will
be Enki Bilal’s investment into the newly-founded marketing agency of
the World Chess Boxing Organisation.
Movie director, artist and comic book author Enki Bilal, born in Belgrade
in 1951, has been based in Paris since 1961. Currently, Enki Bilal’s works
are on display in the Parisian Louvre’s “Ghost of Louvre“ exhibition. The
comic book “Cold Equator“ from Bilal’s „Nikopol Trilogy“ inspired
Dutchman Iepe Rubingh in 2003 to hold a first chessboxing fight. Since
then, a global sportive movement has developed under the auspices of the
World Chess Boxing Organisation, with clubs in Berlin, Munich, London,
Krasnoyarsk (Siberia), Los Angeles, Kalkutta, Milan and Shanghai.
To this date, over 40 championship events have been staged worldwide.
The demonstration fight will feature two top-tier light-heavyweight
chessboxers. Former light-heavyweight world champion “Anti-Terror“
Frank Stoldt from Berlin’s chessboxing club CBCB will face off with the
reigning light-heavyweight World Champion Leonid “Granit“ Chernobaev
from Belarus. Both fighters have fought over 50 amateur boxing bouts and
boast chess ELO-ratings of over 2000.
The time-honored rooms of the Marcel Dassault Hotel on 7 rond-point
des Champs-Elysees were built in 1844 and offer the perfect setting for
the sport of chessboxing that has committed itself to a global quest for
the smartest, toughest man on the planet.
English actress Charlotte Rampling and French chess commentator Grand
Master Jean-Luc Chabanon guided the audience through the evening.
In chessboxing, two different worlds from the sporting universe come together.
Mentally and physically it is the ultimate challenge for an athlete.
Six speed chess rounds alternate with five rounds of boxing. After a maximum
of eleven rounds the bout is decided by knock-out or checkmate.