Tim Woolgar

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Tim Woolgar is a British chess boxer who established Great Britain Chess Boxing Organisation and London Chess Boxing Club the first United Kingdom chessboxing institution.[1][2] He is the current holder of the title, British Heavyweight Chess Boxing Champion. He also promotes chess boxing events.

Woolgar promotes regular chessboxing events in the United Kingdom most recently at the prestigious Scala in Central London. The first three events were held at Bethnal Green Working Men's Institute, subsequent events have been staged at the larger capacity Boston Dome in North London and Scala, Central London.

On 10 September 2011 London Chessboxing staged its first event at the prestigious SCALA in King's Cross, central London. Two subsequent events have been staged at this venue on 16 March 2012 ("TwoTribes") and 29 September 2012 ("PrizeFightKnight"). During the Summer Olympics of 2012 planned a planned two-day chessboxing tournament at the London Pleasure Gardens had to be cancelled due to crowd-control and infrastructure problems at the host site. On 10 October 2012 London Chessboxing staged a sell-out event ("Battle Royale") in the Royal Albert Hall loading bay. This unusual underground arena was opened to the public for the occasion, for the first time since the Royal Albert Hall was completed in 1871.

The ChessBOXING Organisation is registered as a charity in England and Wales (reg no.1131672) and is dedicated to bringing free chessboxing coaching to young people in London. The Organisation provides subsidised chess and boxing coaching to youth residents of Islington, North London.

Woolgar formerly worked in the media as one of the UK's first videojournalists being one of the original recruits to Associated Media's TV news service Channel One London.[3] Woolgar also worked as a videojournalist at the BBC, an executive producer at ITV and as Head of Interactive Programming at Endemol UK.


On 24 April 2009, Woolgar had the world first Amateur chess boxing march against Matthew Read, but he lost.[4]

On 15 August 2009, Woolgar won 1st vacant title of British heavyweight championship by checkmate in 9th round against Exeter-based Stewart Telford.[5]

In October 2011, Woolgar was elected to the post of Director of Marketing of the English Chess Federation with 95 votes cast in his favour, 89 votes cast in favour of 'none of the above' and six abstentions. He served his entire term, but did not stand for re-election in 2012.[6][7][8]



Professional Chess boxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Amateur Chess boxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes


  1. ^ "Boxers play chess in new UK sport". BBC. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "London ChessBoxing Club". Great Britain ChessBoxing. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "A Very British history of Videojournalism". View Magazine. 
  4. ^ Rajko Vujatovic; Louise Sizer. "Swedish ChessBoxing Sensation in London". Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Tim Woolgar; Rajko Vujatovic. "Chessboxing in London's East End". wcbo.org. Archived from the original on 1 October 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Hill, John (20 August 2008). "Kings of the Ring". The Wharf. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Chessboxing". The ONE Show. 16 October 2009. BBC. 
  8. ^ Nixey, Catherine (12 October 2009). "A left hook and checkmate – chessboxing hits London". The Times. 
  9. ^ http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=3556&p=75083&hilit=woolgar+95#p75083

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
1st GBCBO UK Heavyweight Champion
15 August 2009 – ?
Succeeded by
Andy 'the Rock' Costello