Now that the coronavirus pandemic has subsided, there’s no reason that we can’t get up close and personal over a chessboard … or with chessboxing. Yes, chessboxing! This sport is making a grand return by none other than Ludwig Ahgren who increased his fame during the PogChamp series.
Ludwig, The Chessboxing Promoter (And Chess Player)
Popularly known simply as Ludwig, this Twitch streamer, YouTuber, and celebrity personality is well-known in the chess community. He was a player and commentator for the first PogChamps tournament. As one of the breakout stars in the inaugural 2020 PogChamps, Ludwig then became a commentator for PogChamps 2. He returned as a player for PogChamps 3 and PogChamps 4.
The master of hosting big events with other popular content creators, Ludwig has just announced that he will hold the Mogul Chessboxing Championship on Dec. 11 in the Galen Center in Los Angeles. The event will feature 12 of the biggest content creators on YouTube and Twitch who step into the ring to play chess and box in quick succession until a winner is crowned. Ludwig announced the chessboxing championship on Twitter.
THE BIGGEST EVENT OF MY CAREER pic.twitter.com/CQQryEzps6
— ludwig (@LudwigAhgren) September 24, 2022
What Is Chessboxing?
First, what is chessboxing? Chessboxing combines our favorite sport of chess with boxing. Really. Although both require accurate and timely judgment, it’s an unusual marriage because chess is primarily considered a thinking activity and boxing clearly is a contact sport. It was invented by Iepe Rubingh, who was inspired by a graphic novel by cartoonist and storyteller Enki Bilal in 1992 that depicts a world championship for chessboxing.
Ludwig’s Mogul Chessboxing Rules
Details about rules will be announced by Ludwig closer to the event. However, a competition typically consists of alternating rounds of chess and boxing, and each one lasts only a few minutes (three is a common length). A quick break between rounds usually lasts 60 seconds. The winner is determined by checkmate, resignation, knockout, or disqualification by the referee. In case neither player wins in regulation, the one ahead in boxing points wins.
Watch as boxbox explains why he will participate in the championship. Video: boxbox via YouTube.
Mogul Chessboxing Matches And Competitors
The championship will consist of three categories: smashboxing undercards, undercards, and the main event. All will be live-streamed on Ludwig’s Twitch channel. Tickets will be sold for in-person attendance. For the stream, it will be a free viewing experience, and Ludwig said that he doesn’t want to make any money from pay-per-view. On YouTube, he announced that his goal is for this steam to attract his most viewers ever.
It’s been over 10 long years since I was last in the US, but on December 11th I’ll be heading to LA to take part in a crazy Chess boxing tournament.
A ton of training awaits, but it should be bloody good entertainment.
Cheers to @LudwigAhgren for making it happen🍿🥊 pic.twitter.com/MbUGj2BjPu
— Chris Broad (@AbroadInJapan) September 24, 2022
The smashboxing undercards feature Fiction vs. Kalindi and Joshman vs. Spud. The undercard matches are Myth vs. Boy Boy, Disguised Toast vs. PointCrow, Abroad in Japan vs. Papaplatte, Stanz vs. boxbox, and Sardoche vs. Toph. In the main event, Aman Hambleton and Lawrence Trent will face off against each other.
*HUGE FRICKING ANNOUNCEMENT WATCH ENTIRE VIDEO*!
Thank you so much @LudwigAhgren @chesscom and everyone else who made this amazing opportunity possible. I will not disappoint. pic.twitter.com/xLO6MdKhT2
— Lawrence Trent (@LawrenceTrentIM) September 24, 2022
Experience As PogChamps Players
Sardoche showed his chess skills during PogChamps 3. In fact, he was the highest-rated player in the field for this PogChamps event. But how good are his boxing skills? Read the tournament report here where he won when his opponent blundered a knight.
Another content creator who demonstrated chess prowess in PogChamps is boxbox, who was a player in PogChamps 1 and 4. In the first PogChamps, boxbox even checkmated Ludwig in just 16 moves. Read the tournament report here.
In his game against fellow streamer xQc in the inaugural PogChamps, Ludwig was able to force checkmate in just 14 moves. Will one of the chessboxing matches survive that long?
Will Ludwig achieve his goal of attracting his most viewers ever? Stay tuned. Meanwhile, get ready to be entertained with some wild and fascinating chess or boxing or both.