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]

Rubingh is recorded in the Guinness World Records as the First Chess Boxing World Champion.[19]

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 on 8 May 2020. The cause of death is not known, except it was not COVID-19.[20][21][22][23]


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


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  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.
  6. ^ "Designboom. Iepe: Painting Reality". 19 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Painting Reality – Berlin Street (as) Art". June 2016.
  8. ^ "Raphaelli, Israel (2008). The CCI-USA News" (PDF).
  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.
  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).
  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). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-11-01.
  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). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2021-07-04.
  13. ^ (2005-11-08). "Chessboxing: Life Imitates Art". Newsback. Archived from the original on 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  14. ^ "WCBO - official website".
  15. ^ "WCBO - sport introduction and rules" (PDF).
  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.
  17. ^ "World Chess Boxing Organisation".
  18. ^
  19. ^ "GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. First Chess Boxing World Champion".
  20. ^ "Frederic Friedel. (2020). ChessBase general biography article for the President Iepe Rubingh EN language". 11 May 2020.
  21. ^ "Kunstenaar en pionier van schaakboksen Iepe Rubingh overleden: 'De Rotterdamse koning is gevallen'". 11 May 2020.
  22. ^ "The Queen's Gambit: That ending explained and all your questions answered".
  23. ^ "Inventor of chessboxing, Iepe Rubingh Has Passed Away".

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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