Nick 'Showstopper' Cornish 
-vs-
Sebastian Bauersfeld 


St George's Day Chessboxing Tournament 2009 - 23 April 2009
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, London

Here we have two men of similar height and physique. Bauersfeld was the favourite on paper, with more boxing experience plus a slightly higher chess rating. The German was born to be a chessboxer –- his grandfather was a chess master whilst his father was a former GDR boxing champion. As Malcolm Pein stated in his live commentary, Bauersfeld also has a lucky name – it means Pawn Square in German, literally ‘farmer field’. Bauersfeld as Black made a bold attempt to blockade on the white squares but somewhat risky since he hadn’t yet castled his king to safety. When Cornish offered a queen exchange with Qb4, this was not only greeted by boisterous boos at the behest of commentator Pein, but also let Bauersfeld realise his strategic objective. The German fans were taken aback when Cornish held his own in the boxing with flurries of aggressive counterpunching that at one time had Bauersfeld on the ropes. Exhausted but proud to have comfortably survived his first competitive round in the ring, the Englishman resumed round three with a ‘chessboxing blunder’, an uncharacteristic move that would’ve never happened in normal chess. Resignation followed shortly after. Despite the loss of the bout, it was a great success for the rookie, who impressed with his physical fitness & boxing technique.
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Nick 'Showstopper' Cornish Name Sebastian Bauersfeld
0-0-0 W-L-D 3-0-0
36 Age 25(?)
187 cm Height ?
87 kg Weight 80 kg
? Reach ?
1450 ELO 1800
England Country Germany
Welwyn Garden City Hometown Berlin, Germany
Fat boys boxing Gym
Warehouse supervisor Job

Bauersfeld wins via chess - submission (Round 3)

[Event "St George's Day Chessboxing Tournament 2009"] [Site "Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, London, England"] [Date "2009.04.23"] [Round "4"] [White "Nick 'Showstopper' Cornish"] [Black "Sebastian Bauersfeld"] [Result "*"] {Each player has 12 minutes for all moves.} 1. e4 c6 2. c4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. cxd5 Qxd5 5. Nc3 Qa5 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Nxd7 8. Nf3 Ngf6 9. d4 e6 10. O-O Bb4 11. Qb3 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Nb6 {An ambitious attempt to blockade on the White squares but risky considering Black has not yet castled.} 13. Ba3 Rc8 14. Qb4 $2 {This allows Black to achieve his objective in a superior endgame.} Qxb4 15. Bxb4 Nfd5 16. Rac1 Nc4 17. Ne5 Nxe5 18. dxe5 Rc4 19. Bc5 $4 {The prior round of boxing was likely a contributing factor to this strange blunder.} Rxc5 20. h3 Rxc3 21. Rxc3 Nxc3 22. Re1 Kd7 23. Re3 Rc8 24. Kh2 Nxa2 {White resigns at the chessboard in round 3.} 0-1