Does Islington need a chess club?
By abi_silvester | Monday, October 25, 2010, 16:40
Earlier today, the Twitter feed @thechessforum picked up a tweet claiming that the London Borough of Islington was the largest town without its own chess club. This surprised me, along with a few others who said they'd be delighted to attend such a club if it existed.
Chess: a very civilised game. Or is it?
So far we've managed to track down one existing chess club in the borough: but it's not quite what you'd expect from the famously intellectual game. 'Chessboxing' at the Dome in Tufnell Park is an altogether more physical pursuit, combining strategic game-play with a sharp right hook.
As its name suggests, chessboxing is literally a cross between chess and boxing. A match consists of up to eleven alternating rounds of each pursuit, and match begins with a four-minute chess round then as far as I can tell, concludes with one player punching the other player's lights out in a boxing ring. The actual rules may be a little more complex than that, but that seems to be the general idea.
If that's not quite your 'game of chess', would you like to see a traditional chess society set up in Islington? Do you know of any we're missing?