On April 17th the WCBO presented the first intercontinental chessboxing fight. This time around Iepe the Joker (29, 1.80m, 74kg, ELO 1650) faced a Japanese opponent, Soichiro the Cho-Yabai (22, 1.77m, 71kg, ELO 1465), in a bout staged at the famous "Time & Style" venue in Tokyo.For a long time the WCBO and the Japan Chess Association (JCA) had been looking for a Japanese opponent who could both play chess and box. At long last, 22-year-old Soichiro the Cho-Yabai (“very dangerous”) of Japan was found. The challenger had donned gloves five times as an amateur kick boxer, and his ELO rating was an estimated 1465. The match was set for 11 rounds and began with an Italian opening. (see photos) Soichiro, who played with the white pieces, opted for the slow variation of 4.d3. Round after round the fight developed a more furious character. In the 5th round, Soichiro was already faced with some serious problems on the chessboard. This forced him to be more aggressive in the boxing rounds. Unfortunately for the young Japanese opponent, Iepe utilized all his experience in chessboxing. He continued his strong game of chess and even managed to win three out of four boxing rounds, ending the game with a nice combination and a checkmate (...Qe1).