India empower women participation in upcoming World Chessboxing Championship
Kolkata/IBNS: India's 25-member squad for the fourth World Chessboxing Championship in Sicily, Italy has nine female chess boxers.
In the battle of body and the brain, the Indian side include players hailing from West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Telangana.
The Championship is scheduled from Dec 6 to12 and patronised by the Italian Olympic Committee.
Head of delegation for the Indian Chessboxing Team, Montu Das, I. V. Rao, a Dronacharya Awardee in boxing from Andhra Pradesh, in the capacity of an official and Kerala's Sandhanu Vijiyan (Coach) are travelling with the national team to Italy.
In a chess boxing fight, two opponents play in 11 rounds, six rounds of chess and five rounds of boxing.
The contest is decided by checkmate (chess round), exceeding the time limit (chess round), retirement of an opponent (chess or boxing round), KO (boxing round), or referee decision (boxing round).
If the chess game ends in a settlement, the opponent with the higher score in boxing wins, but if there is an equal score the opponent with the black pieces wins.