Iepe Rubingh

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Iepe Rubingh
Rubingh in 2015
Born(1974-08-17)17 August 1974
Died8 May 2020(2020-05-08) (aged 45)[1]
OccupationChess Boxer

Iepe B. T. Rubingh (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈipə]; 17 August 1974 – 8 May 2020) was a Dutch performance artist, athlete and the founder of chess boxing and World Chess Boxing Organisation (WCBO, with central Berlin, Germany in 2003).[2]


Works as an artist[edit]

As a performance artist, Rubingh blocked off intersections in Berlin and Tokyo (Shibuya Crossing) to create major traffic congestion. He was jailed for 10 days for the Tokyo action.[3][4]

In 2010 (Sunday April), 500 litres of waterbased environmentally-friendly paint on asphalt spread by 2000 cars on Rosenthaler Platz Berlin. By IEPE & the anonymous crew. Directed by AKIZ.[5][6][7]

Chess boxing[edit]

Rubingh founded chess boxing in 2003,[8][9][10][11][12] drawing inspiration from Enki Bilal's comic book Froid Équateur.[13] He was the President of the World Chess Boxing Organisation (WCBO[14][15]) for many years[16][17][circular reference][citation needed] and CEO of Chess Boxing Global, the marketing company for professional chessboxing.[18]

In 2020 (14.05.2020) the leading chess news site ChessBase (Germany),[19] publisher of professional chess literature and owner of the Playchess site[20] (approx. 275,000 registered users, data for 2020) published detailed biographical data about the artist and the athlete Iepe Rubingh, as well as his active work, with which he stood out throughout his life.[21][22]

The official Facebook page of Iepe Rubingh shows his activity career in detail.[23]

In official web site of Iepe Rubingh, he explains clear his vision about "Entrepreneurship", "Sport" and Art / "Innovation".[24]

The Queen's Gambit[edit]

The popular Netflix miniseries "The Queen's Gambit" is dedicated to Rubingh. He is credited as an "On-Set Chess Consultant" for the series.


Rubingh died in his sleep. The cause of death is not known, except it was not COVID-19.[25][26][27]


Chess boxing record
3 Fights, 3 wins (1 TOs, 2CMs)
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2010-11-06 Win Germany Tim "Bavarian Beast" Yilmaz Festsaal Kreuzberg Berlin, Germany Check Mate 7
Wins vacant 1st title of International German middleweight championship.
2004-04-17 Win Japan Soichiro "The Cho-Yabai" Yanase The Tokyo Fight Meguro, Tokyo, Japan Check Mate 9
2003-11-14 Win Netherlands Luis "The Lawyer" Veenstra 1st Chess Boxing World Championship Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands Time Out 11
Wins vacant 1st title of WCBO world middleweight championship.
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes


  • 1st World Chess Boxing Organization World Middleweight champion (2003 – Current)
  • 1st Chess Boxing Club Berlins International German middleweight champion

Official in Guinness World Records: First Chess Boxing World Champion[edit]

The President of WCBO Iepe Rubingh official is recorded in Guinness World Records as the First Chess Boxing World Champion.[28]


  1. ^ Iepe Rubingh, de Rotterdamse uitvinder van chessboxing, overleden.
  2. ^ "The Artists. Iepe B. T. Rubingh | the artist".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "EduBilla. Iepe Rubingh".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Wanna piece of this?". The Guardian. 2005-11-09. Retrieved 2009-11-20. ...performance artist whose oeuvre includes blocking off intersections in Berlin and Tokyo to create monster traffic jams (he was jailed for 10 days for his Japanese provocation)...
  5. ^ "PAINTING REALITY - the official". YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Designboom. Iepe: Painting Reality". 19 July 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Painting Reality – Berlin Street (as) Art". June 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Raphaelli, Israel (2008). The CCI-USA News" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "CHESS BOXING- NETHERLANDS. a. History/origin of the Chess Boxing; b. Weapon used in Chess Boxing; c. Technique involved in Chess Boxing and training availability". 23 December 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Kishibaev I.Ya., Ivanov M.A. (2018). Chessboxing as a way of realizing the child's right to physical and intellectual development and the formation of healthy lifestyle skills. Almanac of World Science. 2018 No. 5 (25). Science, education, society: modern challenges and perspectives. p. 147 – 148. ISSN 2412-8597" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Poltavsky A.V., Tsarkova A.A., Mironov A.T., Guliev M.G. INFORMATION AND PEDAGOGICAL TECHNOLOGIES IN THE TASKS OF FORECASTING SPORTS PERFORMANCE. ISBN 978-5-906001-47-4. UDC 372.879.6, BBK 74.200.55. 2016" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF EDUCATION, PUBLIC-STATE PHYSICAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION "YUNOST RUSSIA", Medvedkov V.D., Doctor pedagogical sciences, professor, Ilkevich K.B., candidate Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor. 2018. ISSN 2227-6181" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ (2005-11-08). "Chessboxing: Life Imitates Art". Newsback. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  14. ^ "WCBO - official website".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "WCBO - sport introduction and rules" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Associate Professor Ovchinnikov Jurij Dmitrievich and student Horkova Ljubov Vladimirovna. BIOMECHANICS IN PROJECT TECHNOLOGIES – POPULARIZATION OF NEW SPORTS. PEDAGOGICAL SCIENCES. Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education Kuban State University of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism, Krasnodar city. MODERN INNOVATION No. 3 (5) 2016". Современные Инновации. 3 (5): 47–49. 2016.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "World Chess Boxing Organisation".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^
  19. ^ "ChessBase - Germany".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ "Playchess - Germany".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ "Frederic Friedel. (2020). ChessBase general biography article for the President Iepe Rubingh EN language". 11 May 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ "André Schulz. (2020). ChessBase general biography article for the President Iepe Rubingh DE language". 14 May 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. ^ "Iepe Rubingh - official Facebook page". Facebook.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ "Official web site of Iepe Rubingh".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  25. ^ "Kunstenaar en pionier van schaakboksen Iepe Rubingh overleden: 'De Rotterdamse koning is gevallen'". 11 May 2020.
  26. ^ "The Queen's Gambit: That ending explained and all your questions answered".
  27. ^ "Inventor of chessboxing, Iepe Rubingh Has Passed Away".
  28. ^ "GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. First Chess Boxing World Champion".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
1st WCBO World Middleweight Champion
November 14, 2003 – Current
Succeeded by
Preceded by
1st CBCB International German Middleweight Champion
November 6, 2010 – Current
Succeeded by