Documentary Month 1st - 31st July 2021

By Rook or Left Hook - The Story of Chessboxing
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By Rook or Left Hook - The Story of Chessboxing

Stranger Than Fiction

In 2003, Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh became the first World Champion of Chessboxing. This brain-busting combination of alternating rounds of chess and boxing was in fact an art performance calling for more balance in a world of extremes, and the audience reaction was so electric that it inspired Rubingh to push it as a real sport.

Rubingh's methodical ability to achieve balance in the ring is put to the test outside of it when impulsive British TV Producer Tim Woolgar takes up chessboxing and his opposing vision for success creates a rift between them, endangering chessboxing's future.

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