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This week we meet the Godfather of Italian chess boxing, Volfango Rizzi.
Volfango’s lives near Milan in Italy but he has also lived in England and Wales teaching as well as attending university. Volfango hosted an event in Vigevano including our own Richard “The Razor” Fraser. He has been involved in the sport in 2012 from a chess background and he organises chess events for young people. He met Tim Woolgar and Iepe Rubingh and began organising events in Italy.
Volfango and Gavin talk about By Rook or Left Hook and why Tim and Iepe never made it work. Volfango tried to bring the two promotors together in Milan three times but he was never able to solve the differences between them.
One of the facts that Volfango enjoys about the sport is that it makes chess accessible. Also, the way the two elements effect each other and how errors are brought into the chess due to the boxing and the conditions in the ring.
The pod talk about the show in Italy including the venue and living chess. They speak about the first bout with the rest of the show covered in part 2.
Watch the full event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBu9YSBsQJc
FISP round up of the show: https://www.scacchipugilato.it/ics-una-notte-stellare-in-piazza-ducale-tre-nuovi-campioni
Chessboxing Classes: https://chessboxingnation.com/classes
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