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Diving Chess

Saturday, August 13th, 2016


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I love chess, absolutely love it. I started playing when I was four and began competing around the age of 10. Four years ago, when I was in my mid-thirties, I came up with diving chess because I thought it would be interesting to incorporate a physical element to make chess a little more cool and quirky. There are other variants of chess such as chessboxing but diving chess was a way to create a sport that was mostly about chess.

The beauty of it is that anybody who can hold their breath under water and is able to play chess can do it. It doesn’t matter if you’re short or tall or whatever. The idea was to have the board submerged. You’re standing in a swimming pool and you dive down and either you make a move or you don’t. Once you come up, your opponent has to dive down. It’s so pure and simple. You can stay under water only as long as you can hold your breath.

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2015 Mind Sports Olympiad

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

I’m delighted to be organizing the 2015 Mind Sports Olympiad from August 23 to 31, which features over 60 different board game competitions ranging from classics like Chess, Scrabble and Go to newer games, including Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Dominion, Magic the Gathering and Carcassonne. Card games figure too, with an amateur poker world championship and bridge, along with a general knowledge quiz, stratego, shogi, and dominoes. Unique events include Tetris (video game) and a Computer Programming Championship, in addition to over a dozen world championships such as Memory, Mental Calculations and Creative Thinking. The most prestigious title is the Pentamind World Championship, which is awarded to the competitor who has the best results from five different competitions. There are also opportunities to learn games and play uncompetitively for free. Single session tournaments are £10 per entry. For more info, visit:

In addition, the 2015 Diving Chess World Championship will take place on August 9 from 3pm to 6pm at the Third Space gym, 67 Brewer Street, W1F London. You can register at by emailing

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