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An introduction to the world of chess boxing.

Summary: Welcome to the bizarre sport that mixes right hooks with rooks and tests both intellect and muscles.

It is the bizarre sport that mixes right hooks with rooks and tests both intellect and muscles.

On Saturday, London hosted a contest of chess boxing which saw Dutchman Hubert "The Wardrobe" Van Melick beat challenger Patrick Teehan.

In case you do not know the rules, the contest sees alternating rounds of chess and boxing.

After the boxing round is over, the chess board is carried into the ring and the fighters sit down for four minutes of chess moves before the next round of boxing.

The winner is the first to either a knockout or a checkmate.

The sport traces its origins to a 1992 comic book by French artist Enki Bilal, "Froid Equateur". The comic, which depicted the hybrid sport, inspired Dutch artist Lepe Rubing to make it happen for real.

Rubing said the contest favours the athlete who is clever and strong.

"There is no sport that combines mental and physical aspects, so when I came up with the idea I was immediately intrigued because it combines mental abilities and physical capabilities," he said.

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