Diving Chess


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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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