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27 Sep, 2019 10:56

Check mates: Russian grandmaster Karjakin praises MMA legend Emelianenko after pair play chess game

Check mates: Russian grandmaster Karjakin praises MMA legend Emelianenko after pair play chess game

Russian chess grand master Sergey Karjakin has called a chess game against Russian heavyweight MMA icon Fedor Emelianenko “memorable” – saying that the fighter has brains to match his undoubted brawn.

I recently played against Fedor Emelianenko in a simultaneous chess display,” Karjakin said.

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Despite winning the game, I immediately noticed that he plays well. It was definitely not the first time he had sat at the chess board. Later I spoke to him and he told me that he often plays chess online to make his brain work. He combines brain exercises with physical workouts. For me this chess sparring was quite memorable,” he added.

In 2016, Karjakin took part in the World Chess Championship, facing Norwegian talent Magnus Carlsen who successfully defended his title against the Russian opponent.

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One of the most recognized Russian MMA fighters, the 42-year-old Emelianenko is widely praised for his judo and sambo skills. His incredible fight career spans two decades and includes 38 wins (14 by knockout) and just six losses.

He is set to embark on a multi-fight, ‘retirement tour’ with Bellator in the coming months.