(By Quinn Hungeski, The Paragraph.)

Image: Chessboxing World Championship, Sven Rooch vs. Jonatan Rodruguez-Vega, Moscow 2013 (© Chess Boxing Global)

Several days ago, as I went through my copy of Mother Jones, my interest was caught by a photograph and note about something new to me — the sport of chessboxing. I have long thought chess to be the equivalent of boxing, each being the greatest one-on-one sport in its sphere — chess in the mental, boxing in the physical. I also think that chess, like boxing, is a good spectator sport, and that it should be reported on the sports page. So, here in chessboxing is a sport that seems to jibe well with these notions of mine. Chessboxing’s creator, Iepe Rubingh, says of it, “We bring a combination of the number one thinking sport with the number one fighting sport.” And its promoters bill chessboxing as “the ultimate battle between men.”

Here’s how chessboxing works: The fighters go eleven three-minute rounds, alternating between chess and boxing. The six rounds of chess allow for an eighteen minute game — so each fighter starts with nine minutes on his chess clock. A fighter wins by checkmate, knockout, opponent’s chess clock time running out, or technical knockout.

After a boxing round, the fighters get a minute to gather their thoughts for the coming chess round. This is a very tough part of chessboxing — being able to calm down after three minutes of boxing, so as not to blunder on the chess board.

Also, the sport gives rise to an interesting strategic feature, where a fighter with a losing position on the board would press for the KO on the canvas, and likewise, a fighter getting wobbly on the canvas would press for the checkmate on the board.

The following video shows clips (starting at 7:25) of the middleweight championship match in Moscow, 2013, with champ Sven Rooch of Berlin defending against Jonatan Rodriguez-Vega of Spain.
Video: “Chess Boxing – With Brain and Brawn” – DW Journal

Just a few days ago, as I began breakfast, I noticed something new on my Wheaties box — a picture of Ultimate Fighting Champion Anthony Pettis. Wheaties boxes have long pictured top athletes, but this is the first appearance for the sport of mixed martial arts. So, while the Wheaties folks are adding sports, why not a chess champion on a Wheaties box? Or, maybe someday, a chessboxer?


Image Credit: © Chess Boxing Global


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  • New York 1948/49: Analysis by James Schroeder. Descriptive. Fine wins tournament! Najdorf, Euwe, Pilnik, Horowitz, Kramer, Bisguier, Kashdan, Denker, Herman Steiner. 8-1/2 x 11. AND games of Fine – Najdorf match of 8 games. Photographs. Excellent printing and diagrams. This is GREAT! 27pp. Despite the low prize fund the players were enthusiastic an their play uncompromising. $15.00
  • New York 1951: Reshevsky, Najdorf, Euwe, Fine, Evans, R. Byrne, Horowitz, Guimard, O’Kelly, Bisguier, Kramer, Shainswit. Algebraic notation. Reshevsky at his peak! Byrne plays King’s Gambit! No analysis, but useful comments about each game. 8-1/2 x 11. *Schroeder Publication* High quality play! $15.00
  • Dallas 1957: Probably the second strongest tournament held in the USA. Reshevsky, Gligoric, Larsen, Szabo, Yanofsky, Olafsson, Najdorf, Evans. Double round. Short algebraic. NO NOTES. *PLUS* Ten matches by Resevsky: Gligoric, Benko, Horowitz, Najdorf, Lombardy, Bisguier, Fischer, Kashdan. $15.00
  • 1927 World Championship Chess Match – Alexander Alekhin – Jose Capablanca: 34 games with extensive analysis by World Champion Alekhin. Good diagrams. *Schroeder Publication* Very good printing. 8-1/2 x 11. 45pp. Translated from German. What an incredible amount of work I used to make this book! $25.00
  • David Bronstein’s Best Chess Games 1944 – 1949 by Larry Evans, who gave me permission to sell this. 8-1/2 x 11. Descriptive notation. Typed. No diagrams. Larry recognized that Bronstein was a great player and Bronstein later was the best player in the world for many years. The analysis is enthusiastic but NOT always correct. Larry was not yet a master. He was an atrocious writer: “throwing a sop to Cerberus!”, but the games are superb. There is a huge amount of analysis to each of the 67 games. $20.00
  • Chess and Chess Masters by Gideon Stahlberg (c) 1955. Description of players styles and superbly annotated games. Lasker, Rubinstein, Capablanca, Reti, Alekhin, Nimzovich, Spielmann, Bogoljuboff, Euwe, Flohr, Botvinnik, Keres, Reshevsky, Fine, Smyslov, Najdorf, Boleslavsky, Bronstein, Szabo, Gligoric, Russian Masters, Stahlberg. 128pp. Descriptive notation. One of very few books that accurately describes styles of the greatest players in the history of chess. 44 greate games. $22.00
  • Fifty Great Games of Modern Chess by Harry Golombek (c) 1942. Descriptive notation. Alexander, Euwe, Grunfeld, Nimzovich, Reshevsky, Reti, Alekhin, Bogoljubov, Borvinnik, Capablanca, Spielmann, Tarrasch, Marshall, Rubinstein, Keres, Lasker, Fine, Schlechter, Tartakower, etc. Superb analysis. $17.00
  • Goningen 1946 edited by B.H. Wood. Botvinnik, Euwe, Smyslov, Najdorf, Szabo, Boleslavsky, Flohr, Lundin, Stoltz, Denker, Kotov, Tartakower, Kottnauer, Yanofsky, Bernstein, Guimard, Vidmar, L. Steiner, O’Kelly, Chrisoffel. 165pp. English descriptive notation. Great printing and diagrams. 190 games! $25.00
  • The King’s Gambit by Anthony Santasiere (c) 1967. Opening analysis, but I have added 50 games, including one by Magnus Carlsen. The most exciting opening in the world. I love playing it! I love playing AGAINST the King’s Gambit. $15.00
  • Cabbage Heads and Chess Kings by Bruce Haden. This is a book of the magazine articles the witty Scotsman wrote over many years. A strong amateur who liked Morphy, Lasker, King’s Gambit and playing for “a shilling stake”. Stories, anecdotes, games about club league players, tournament players, amateurs, old masters, new masters and a wonderful writing style. 67 pages about Paul Morphy! $30.00

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  • Der Internationale Schachkongress zu Barmen 1905: GERMAN; long algebraic. Fabulous! 122 players and 500 games with annotations. 630pp; poor condition; binding gone. Easy to read; has a mountain of information about the players, their occupations, their records, etc. AND sheet music for the Barber-Schach-Congress-Marsch. Every master in the world played except Emanuel Lasker. Big tournament, little tournaments, etc. $25.00
  • “200 Open Games” by David Bronstein: Dover; out of print. All begin with 1 PK4 PK4. Bronstein tells the story of each game. Very instructive and useful for tournament players, including postal tournaments. $20.00
  • “Understanding Chess” by William Lombardy: 311pp; 119 annotated games; 37 games by other players. CHESS BOOK OF THE YEAR! 2011. Anecdotes and stories. Recommended by Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan. Grandmaster Lombardy put forth great effort because he thinks he is a great teacher. 2 copies. Figurine algebraic. Superb printing and binding. REDUCED PRICE – $40.00
  • “Chess Duels: My games with the world champions” by Yasser Seirawan: Hardbound; 424pp. Large diagrams; great printing. 56 games with annotations. Smyslov, Tal (W4 D1), Petrosian, Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov. Autographed. $25.00
  • “Ostende 1906” by Dale Brandreth: The greatest tournament book I have seen in the English language. Hardbound; long algebraic. The greatest tournament of all time where the world champion didn’t play. Started with 36 players who played in a series of tournaments. Schlechter 21-9, Maroczy 20-10. Photographs and short sketches of each player. Large print; great diagrams. $35.00
  • “Schlechter’s Chess Games” by Tom Crain: Brandreth Publisher. Hardbound; short algebraic. Carl Schlechter was the greatest combinational player of his time. He played for mate! 63 tournaments (Vienna 1893 – Budapest 1918). 8 matches. No notes. USED. Cross tables of each tournament. $25.00
  • “Grandmaster from Oregon: Life and Games of Arthur Dake” by Casey Bush: Limp cover. Great printing and diagrams. A very adventurous life and a master at checkers and a grandmaster at chess. I helped write this book. Won 13 Drew 5 in 1935 FIDE Team Tournament. 59 games. Many photographs. $25.00
  • “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Tom Furstenberg and David Bronstein: This is one of the greatest chess books of all time. Bronstein was the best chess player in the world for many years, but had mental problems and did not want to become world champion. I think there are 200 games and forty positions with combinations. Figurine algebraic. $35.00
  • Bobby Fischer Complete Games – Lou Hays: Broken binding. Algebraic. 942 games. Cross tables of all tournaments. USED. He was peerless and his style will never be equalled in the future. $20.00
  • “1972 World Chess Championship: Robert Fischer – Boris Spassky” by Jan Timman: Limp cover. Good printing and diagrams. This is the typical hard work of a grandmaster who wants to understand everything and explain everything. Long analysis. Photographs. What Timman didn’t know was that Spassky was weak with bishops and great with knights, and a poor endgame player. Thus, his anlysis is technically correct, but not practical. $20.00
  • “Art of Attack in Chess” by Vladimir Vukovic: The greatest book on the subject — nothing else is even close! Limp cover; 351pp. Great printing and diagrams. “Don’t give useless checks!” USED $25.00
  • “Stockholm 1937: The Lost Olympiad”: FIDE team tournament. Limp cover. Used. Marvelous! 266 games in algebraic notation. Complete records of all the players. Reshevsky, Fine, Kashdan, Marshall, Horowitz. $25.00
  • “Chess Praxis” by A. Nimzovich: Dover. USED. 109 games with analysis and very instructive advice. Descriptive notation. Nimzovich was a great player and thought he was a great teacher. $20.00

PRISON CHESS PROGRAM – All money from the sale of those books will be donated to my prison chess program. I send books and sets to jail birds.

— James Schroeder

Nigel Short is a walking dung-heap. He exceeded his reputation as being vulgar and crude by “dropping his trousers,” and writing a long article about sexual activity among chess players, including the “f” word, which appeared in NEW IN CHESS #7, 2012. But Short didn’t publish that putrid crap; the editor, Jan Timman did. Long known to be “sleazy,” Timman degenerates into being depraved.

— James Schroeder

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White was asked: “Are you ‘Whizzer’ White?” “I once was.” He was the most famous football player in the USA in 1938. I was once “somebody,” the most honored and respected name in chess. 40-50 years ago because of my “Mini-Might Chess Bulletin” I was world famous as one of the best chess writers in the world. Editors and Grandmasters called me a “genius.” My Prison Chess Program elicited great admiration from millions of people who read of it, not to mention the 50,000 Jail Birds who have since written me because I made their lives less miserable. Entering a chess club in Las Vegas, the visitor said: “Hi, I’m Calvin Blocker from Cleveland, Ohio.” “Do you know Jim Schroeder?” Jakov Neishtadt, Editor of “64”, national chess newspaper of Russia, published my obituary because a Cleveland newspaper wrote that a James Schroeder had died. You can’t get more famous than that! But it means that I can’t visit Russia because I’d be arrested as a spy. Thatsa joke, I hope! Book-ended by my winning the Ohio Chess Championship in 1950 and 1985. Entrepreneur extraordinaire! You might think that no one can be that good, and I agree. I modestly submit that I was probably only 75% as good as my reputation.

Due to the great efforts of my friends, who have forgiven my faults, I’m again “somebody” and with their continued aid I will perform even greater deeds! I propose a toast: “Confusion to thy enemies!”

By John W. P. O’Brien; May 31, 1978

Fewer and fewer are the survivors who remember when the fun-loving Calvin dwelt in the White House and serenely prevailed over the era of Coolidge prosperity. It was during this era that Detroit’s leading citizen, Henry Ford, having just abandoned his famous Model “T”, brought out a new model of his Ford car. Not to be outdone, the prominent Prarie Avenue Schroeders brought out a new model of their own. They called this new model, James. No one then believed that this puny little babe would have the stamina to survive or the strength to tear up so many calendars since then. In fact, he survived so long that this year — now that we have the Bicentennial out of the way — we can begin the yearlong celebration of the Schroederian Semi-Centennial. The celebration is for the one who early showed that he possessed a strong personality, one not swayed by majority opinion or social pressures. This was clearly revealed at his christening party when he alone of all those present drank only water, but I’ve heard rumors that he later altered his attitude on this matter. The next year Coolidge moved out of the White House and prosperity moved soon after. I vividly remember this because while the O’Briens were paying $37.00 per month for five rooms, the thrifty Coolidges moved into 7 rooms in a 2-family house, with use of a front porch and a back yard, for only $32.00 per month. Yet the sage of Northampton, Massachusetts, was not regarded as exceptionally parsimonious by his frugal neighbors on Massasoit Street. But such matters hardly concerted James Schroeder. His individuality and originality and the vigor with which he expressed his opinions early involved him in disputes. It must be conceded that Schroeder was no wonderkind. Some even called him a backward child, who wasted his entire childhood, neglecting to learn chess until his late ‘teens. He more than made up for his later start, however, because of his natural intelligence. So, just as the great career of Alexander Alekhin came to a close, the chess career of James Schroeder began. This sort of thing, with one gain and one loss keeps the chessic population constant. A short time later most Americans found the close election of 1948, which returned Harry S. Truman to the White House, very exciting. Schroeder, however, took little interest in this event ‘though it would have an effect on his life. Instead, he was so absorbed in the World Championship Tournament that saw the emergence of Mikhail Botvinnik as the new Champion that he had little time for little else. Little else except the USA Championship won by Herman Steiner, Arthur Bisguier’s triumph in the USA Junior Championship and Weaver Adams victory in the U.S. Open tournament. This was the most important chess year since Schroeder learned the game. The great AVRO 1938 Tournament in the Netherlands occurred before he took an interest in chess. He even followed the Ohio State Championship where Elliott Stearns won First Prize. He was particularly interested in the Ohio event because after the glory departed from Detroit and Coolidge left Washington, Schroeder left Michigan and became a wanderer. Moving southward he criss-crossed Ohio in the footsteps of Johnny Appleseed. Unlike his predecessor, he didn’t plant trees, but he did try to implant in everyone he met a knowledge of chess. While he was engaged in discovering and then preaching the gospel of chess, the successors of Coolidge, Hoover and Roosevelt must have been preoccupied with other matters, because neither of them took any notice of Schroeder. It wasn’t until Truman came to Washington that the situation changed. “Give ’em Hell Harry” wrote to “Give ’em Hell Jimmie”. Harry, it seems, was having some problems and needed Jim’s help. Yet nobody had to drag Jimmie kicking and screaming to his new task. No, with uncommon docility he happily hastened to help Harry. So, for many months, Schroeder stalked grimly through the Korean war, with his pocket chess set at the ever ready. Already a chess Master and Ohio Champion, he devoted his spare time to studying chess, returning home with his play much improved. [That’s because I played many games of Postal Chess while in the Army in Korea. – JARS] His obsession with chess seems somewhat extreme, though, because he neglects too many other aspects of life. This was evident after his return to Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. He could direct you to the nearest chess club, but if you relied on his guidance to get to the Capital Building, you’d both get lost. And when he was living in Dayton he knew how to reach Troy Street to play at the Dayton Chess Club, but not once did he see the home of the poet, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, or go near the internationally famous Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, or visit the Wright Brothers Memorial to the two Dayton citizens who launched us into the Air Age, and these attractions lure tourists from all over the world. Then some tell of an incident that occurred during Schroeder’s sojourn on the banks of the Mad River, which flows by the City of Springfield, Ohio. This may be the main cause of the Schroeder phenomenon but we can’t confirm that the story is true, and thus won’t repeat it. It cannot be said, though, that Schroeder had no other interests but chess. In 1957 he took time out from the Royal Game to marry and father a daughter. But Jim couldn’t forget chess, which he learned in 1945. In the 1950’s he studied the game and players extensively and began his career in journalism as Editor of the Columbus “Y” Chess Bulletin and for more than 20 years his articles have featured laudatory tributes to the giants of the past and present and laments over, or furious assaults on, the Epigoni who currently clutter the chessic landscape. While writing about the chess scene he didn’t neglect his play, winning many tournaments and matches. Along the way, he founded the Tru-Test Company, which sells chess books and supplies. Many of the books, of course, are written, or redacted, or annotated by James Schroeder. Schroeder was founder of the “Cleveland Chess Foundation of whose organ, “Mini-Might”, he is the editor. His earlier connection with the “Ohio Chess Bulletin” ended in 1964. The Foundation sponsors the Prison Chess Fund, which buys chess books and supplies for prisoners, and encourages people in the free world to play postal chess with inmates. In addition to editing the “Mini-Might”, he edits “Elite”, published occasionally. Along with the enthusiasm and antipathies previously mentioned, Jim always gave sympathetic treatment to those who, like Philidor and Alekhin, were persecuted and pushed into exile. Among the victims during Schroeder’s time were Pal Benko, who escaped the clutches of the Russian imperialists who had conquered his native Hungary. Later Ludek Pachman fled his home in Czechoslovakia, escaping the same enemy. Still later Viktor Korchnoi, Polish-Ukrainian, went into exile from Russia. Among the idiosyncratic attitudes of Editor Schroeder are his views of Paul Morphy and Robert Fischer, as each was the outstanding player of his time, each had his quota of eccentricities, each retired early from chess competition. Yet Schroeder, a stout defender of Morphy, is extremely hostile to Fischer. [Wrong! Must be poor writing by me because I felt sorry for Fischer, who suffered from severe mental illness. – JARS] Schroeder enthusiastically recommends gambit openings, even though his idol, Emanuel Lasker, adopted an attitude that fell somewhat short of passionate devotion. Much else could be written of Schroeder’s career, but my scurvy memory can recapture no more. A more comprehensive account can be given by whoever is the chronicler of the Schroeder Centennial, 50 years hence, but it can’t be me, because I’m not staying around for that celebration. My plans include moving far away from my present address before then, so someone else must put the words together. The most startling thing I have to record is that on Page 1 of the January-February issue of “Mini-Might”, under the heading, “Fifty years ago in Chess”, Jim writes: “nothing important happened in 1928.” Such extreme modesty almost amounts to a fault, for surely his birth that year was the most tremendously important event in the history of chess. Overwhelmed by such profound humility, comparable to that of St. Francis, I could write no further. # # #

[Thank you but I was born November 30, 1927 – JARS]

From Confidential Chess Lessons © July 2012

The Executive Board of the U.S. Chess Federation: Ruth Haring, Greg Walters, Allen Priest, Mike Nieman, Mitchell Atkins, Jim Berry, Bill Goichberg, have voted to not honor me with an award at the 2012 U.S. Open chess Tournament in Vancouver, Washington. Look in your Funk & Wagnalls for words to express my opinion of them. Invectives, derogatory, vituperative, caustic. Being a gentleman of refined habits, I never employ such language and decline to lower myself into their midden-heap.

Should they change their collective minds, please disregard this compendious missive.

— James Schroeder, “The most honored name in chess”

Understanding Chess. My System, My Games, My Life” by William Lombardy

© 2011; limp cover; 312 pages; 119 annotated games; 37 games by other players. Hundreds of anecdotes and stories. THE CHESS BOOK OF THE YEAR!

$60.00 post paid
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12 Stuyvesant Oval
New York, NY 16009

Highly recommended by James Schroeder, “The Most Trusted Name in Chess.”

Help stamp out ignorance. Send your used books to prison! Send me all kinds of books, not crime stories. I will send them to jail birds. Send chess magazines: “New in Chess”, foreign languages, NOT “Chess Life”.

The rate of recidivism of inmates who played chess in prison is 10%.

The rate of recidivism of inmates who did not play chess is 90%.

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