PingChess – The Sport For All
Ping Chess or PingChess is a hybrid sport that combines two traditional sports – chess and table tennis. This sport is played by two competitors at a time. The competitors play alternating sets of chess and table tennis.
I started PingChess while working with kids at the Peckham Library in South London. PingChess introduces the physical activities that is required to make chess less boring and more attractive to kids and that PingChess is more gentlemanly than Chessboxing, another alternative hybrid sport. PingChess brings together the scholastic and intellectual development benefits of chess and the physical agility that comes with playing ping-pong.
The idea for PingChess was developed while I was interviewing kids to set up a Chess Club at the Peckham Library. It started one morning while I was discussing with a kid in a lift, asking if he would be interested in playing chess with other children. He said he never liked chess because “chess is a boring sport”. I went to the street and interviewed more children, boys and girls. From the data collected, the major reason cited by most children for not wanting to play chess was that it was a “boring”sport. I found out that by combining chess with the activity of table tennis, I was easily was to get children to take more interest in chess.
The name, PingChess, was however generated when a coworker suggested bringing together these two major interests chess and table-tennis.
I am actively looking to promote PingChess into a fully developed competitive sport and will like anyone interested in setting up PingChess Clubs to get in touch with me.