Nils 'The Berlin Bull' Becker 
Nick 'Showstopper' Cornish 

Photo credit: Yves Sucksdorff

Battle of the Cities London vs Berlin - 24 June 2011
Tape Club, Berlin

Second undercard match: Nils ‘the Berlin Bull’ Becker (CBCB) vs. Nick ‘the Show Stopper’ Cornish (LCBC)

The second bout could hardly have been more dramatic and was won in the 9th round in chess by the star of the Berlin Chess Boxing Club. Here, too, the match went back and forth in the first rounds, as Nils put the pressure on Nick Cornish with his defensive chess strategy. Nick countered that in boxing and won points in the 6th boxing round. In the 7th chess round came the preliminary decision, when Nick, after an exchange of queens, lost his knight at C5. With only 39 seconds left on the clock, Nick put everything into a knockout in the 8th boxing round, which Nils bravely countered. In the 9th round, the timeout brought Berlin back into the game: Berlin-London 1:1.
Nils 'The Berlin Bull' Becker Name Nick 'Showstopper' Cornish
0-2-0 W-L-D 0-2-0
23(?) Age 38
? Height 187 cm
? Weight 87 kg
? Reach ?
2144 ELO 1450
Germany Country England
Hometown Welwyn Garden City
Gym Fat boys boxing
Job Warehouse supervisor

Becker wins via chess - timeout (Round 9)

[Event "Battle of the Cities London vs Berlin"] [Site "Tape Club, Berlin, Germany"] [Date "2011.06.24"] [Round "2"] [White "Nils 'The Berlin Bull' Becker"] [Black "Nick 'Showstopper' Cornish"] [Result "*"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. d3 Be7 6. g3 O-O 7. Bg2 c6 8. O-O Nbd7 9. e4 dxe4 10. dxe4 Qc7 11. Bf4 Qb6 12. Qc2 {Ende Runde 1.} Nc5 13. Rad1 Bg4 14. Rd2 {Ende Runde 3.} Bxf3 15. Bxf3 Rad8 16. Rfd1 Rxd2 17. Rxd2 Rd8 18. Qd1 {Ende Runde 5.} Rxd2 19. Qxd2 h6 20. e5 Nfd7 21. Bg4 Nf8 22. Be3 Qd8 23. Qxd8 Bxd8 24. Bxc5 {Ende Runde 7.} Ne6 25. Bxe6 fxe6 26. Bxa7 b6 27. f4 Kf7 28. Ne4 {ZU Schwarz.} 1-0