On Thursday May 22 the very first Chessboxing Gala took place in the City of London. The black-tie dinner show was hosted by Oracle Cancer Trust to raise money for head and neck cancer research. Highlight of the night was of course the entertainment, provided by our team of first class chessboxers that all put on the fight of their careers.
Last Friday’s Yellobric chessboxing fundraiser was a grand success. In the magnificent Victorian ball room, the Chelsea Old Town Hall, we saw some impressive athletes display their chessboxing talent. Thanks to all the generous donations Yellobric also surpassed the fundraising goal and all the guests got a sensational evening in return.
The first bout was a rematch between Matt ‘Crazy Arms’ Read and Yellobric director Gavin ‘Grievous Bodily Farmer’ Paterson. The game started relatively equal and Paterson got an good opening on the board. In the next road, it was clear that Paterson had been perfecting his jab and came out aggressively. But Read used his years of chess experience to build a big time advantage in the chess. In the ring, Paterson put on the fight of his life, cornering his tall opponent several times and landing heavy strikes. Making the first move after the bell, Paterson’s chess took a wrong turn and lost his Queen. Read quickly seized the chance and checkmated him.
Winner: Matt Read by checkmate in round 7
Our second fight was Karl ‘The Hustler’ Ouch against Toby ‘Sloby’ White. The latter had a height advantage, whereas the former had years of experience on the board. Realising his chess disadvantage, White was feeling his way into the game but came out swinging in the boxing. While Ouch tried to duck and weave through his punches, White landed several blows. Coming out of the ring, White decided to play for time, and did not make a chess move. Ouch, tired of waiting and trying to taunt his opponent, incredibly, started to do press ups next to the table. White was clearly looking for the knock out and landed big punches to the head, but his energy was draining quickly. In the next chess round, he tried to move in blitz chess style to out-manoeuvre Ouch. But Ouch was too experienced for him and White had too little time on the clock.
Winner: Karl Ouch bu time penalty in round 7
After the interval, Dymer ‘Beast Of Peace’ Agasaryan was up against Darius ‘Iron Man’ Gelezinis in an exhibition bout. Unfortunately one of the talents, Ricky Brown, was forced to withdraw after a motor accident, but in his place Gelezinis was happy to brave the chessboxing stage at the last minute. Debutant Gelezinis was several inches taller than his opponent but had less experience on the board. Agasaryan moved decisively in the chess rounds and quickly played the game in is favour. In the ring, both men showed good movement and struggled to land their jabs. Before long the match was over as Agasaryan went in for the chess end game and checkmated his opponent in round three.
The main event was local favourite James ‘Chelsea Chainsaw’ Pope against George ‘The Bear’ Crespo. Both men were fairly evenly matched in both disciplines and the chess started with a slow pace, while both fighters made decisive moves. In the boxing Crespo’s smile taunted his opponent and Pope cornered him to land body blows. The next round, Pope started to advance and picked off more and more material of Crespo. In the boxing, Crespo used his slick movement to his advantage and dodged many of Pope’s attacks. Then on the board, Pope seized Crespo’s Queen. The latter knew he needed a knock out finish, but Pope continued his attacking stance and didn’t let Crespo anywhere near him. Crespo got in a tricky chess situation and after making an mistake, Pope swiftly moved in for a finish.
Winner: Pope by checkmate in round 7
Want a night out you’ll never forget?
Come join London Chessboxing and Yellobric TONIGHT for a sensational evening of entertainment, chessboxing and more!
Tickets will be available at the door (cash only) and there will be food and drink all night.
The event will be held at the magnificent Chelsea Old Town Hall on King’s Road, a beautiful ballroom built by the Victorians.
Funds raised at this spectacular event will go to Yellobric, a charity which supplies reading materials to children in sub-Saharan Africa. For only £75 Yellobric can supply a whole library of books and help empower the future generations.
Doors open at 7pm, the event starts at 8pm and finished around 11pm
For more information and the line-up click here
While pictures say more than a thousand words, photographs come nowhere near to telling the whole story of the magnificent Chelsea Old Town Hall.
The beautiful Victorian hall, built in 1885, didn’t go unnoticed by some famous filmmakers. With its splendid original oil paintings, elegant marble columns magnificent chandeliers, the Chelsea Old Town Hall was used several times as a backdrop for box office hits.
Scroll down for a Chelsea Old Town Hall ghost story!
Juggernaut – 1974
Many of the scenes on board the Britannic luxury cruiser were filmed in the corridors of the Chelsea Old Town Hall. The film’s director was Richard Lester.
Empire of the Sun – 1987
This film by Stephen Spielberg was nominated for six Oscars and won three BAFTAs.
During the shoot, the Spielberg fell asleep in the main hall and one of the building porters actually woke him up and asked him to leave because he thought he was a rough sleeper.
Up The Junction – 1968
A film by Peter Collinson.
Ghosts in Chelsea
The Chelsea Old Town Hall is clearly a special place with its rich history and impressive architecture. Some have even claimed that it is haunted. The venue manager who has worked there for over 20 years has heard and seen many strange things and peculiar incidents.
One event in particular has sparked his believe there might be something weird going on at this place. A waitress was once said to have had a conversation with an man dressed as an admiral. But the next moment he was nowhere to be seen again and seemed to have disappeared…
Whether you fancy yourself a ghostbuster or not, do you really need another reason to come join us at Chelsea Old Town Hall on Friday May 16? How about the promise of a chessboxing spectacle raising funds for an amazing cause, Yellobric!
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With our upcoming Yellobric fundraiser on Friday May 16th, London Chessboxing decided to get to know the people behind the charity a little more. We interviewed Gavin Paterson – a recent addition to the chessboxing ranks and also the co-founder and managing director of Yellobric .