Dive Chess World Championships: A battle of minds and lungs 水下國際象棋世錦賽：智力與肺活量的角逐
What better way to cool off than going for a dip?
But what if you combine it with playing chess?
As the UK sweltered in a heatwave, ten players took part in the Dive Chess World Championships in London.
Zarein Dolab, chess player
「I thought it would be a breeze but it definitely isn’t. Trying to see the pieces, keep yourself down there is a lot more difficult and especially once you play a long game there – you’re doing 30, 40 moves.」
Dive chess is played on a submerged chessboard with magnetic pieces.
Once a player needs to come up for air, it’s their opponent’s turn.
Michal Mazurkiewicz from Poland won this year’s championship.
Michal Mazurkiewicz, winner
「I think that 60 per cent is chess and 40 per cent is like other skills – swimming, keeping your body [under] control and then the pressure, and your breath.」