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 preliminary fight: Nils “the Berlin Bull” Becker (CBCB) against Nick “the Show Stopper” Cornish (LCBC)

The second fight was hard to beat in terms of drama and was decided by the shooting star of the Berlin Chess Boxing Club in the 9th round of chess. Here, too, the fight went back and forth in the first few rounds, with Nils putting Nick Cornish under a lot of time pressure based on his defensive chess strategy. Nick, in turn, countered in boxing and took the points in the 6th boxing round. The preliminary decision was made in the 7th round of chess when Nick lost his knight on C5 after exchanging queens. With only 39 seconds left on the chess clock, Nick bet everything on a knockout in the 8th boxing round, which Nils countered brilliantly. In round 9, Nick and Nils' time violation 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