Tim Woolgar

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Tom Woolgar is a British chess boxer and event organiser who established Great Britain Chess Boxing Organisation and the London Chessboxing Club the first United Kingdom chessboxing institution. [1] [2] He is a former holder of the title, British Heavyweight Chess Boxing Champion. He also promotes chess boxing events.


Woolgar plans to come out of retirement to fight in London in December 2022.

Woolgar, otherwise known as “the Hippo” because of his rotund midsection [3] has fought 12 times in Chessboxing with a record of 4-7-1. [4]


Woolgar formerly worked in the media as one of the UK's first video-journalists being one of the original recruits to Associated Media's TV news service Channel One London. [5] Woolgar also worked as a video-journalist at the BBC's Science and Features department, an executive producer at ITV and as head of interactive programming at Endemol UK.

On 15 August 2008, Woolgar won 1st vacant title of British heavyweight championship by checkmate in 9th round against Exeter-based Stewart Telford. [6]

On 24 April 2009, Woolgar had the world's first chess boxing match under amateur rules against Matthew Read, losing to a 7th round checkmate. [7]

In October 2011, Woolgar was elected to the post of director of marketing of the English Chess Federation with 95 votes cast in his favour, 89 votes cast in favour of 'none of the above' and six abstentions. He served his entire term, but did not stand for re-election in 2012. [8] [9] [10] [11]


Professional Chess boxing record
5 Fights, 4 Wins (0 KOs, 3 CMs) 1 Loss
2010-10-16Win Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hubert "The Wardrobe" van Melick "Beyond The Super-Dome" Boston Dome, London, EnglandCheck-mate9
2010-05-15Win Flag of England.svg Nick Cornish "Super-Dome 2" Boston Dome, London, EnglandCheck-mate7
2010-03-15Loss Flag of Italy.svg Sergio Leveque "Super-Dome" Boston Dome, London, EnglandCheck-mate5
2009-10-09Win Flag of England.svg Matthew "Crazy Arms" Read "Game of Kings" Bethnal Green, London, EnglandTime Penalty7
2009-08-15Win Flag of England.svg Stewart Telford "An Exhibition of CHESSBOXING" Bethnal Green, London, EnglandCheck-mate9
Wins vacant 1st title of GBCBO British Heavyweight championship.
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes
Amateur Chess boxing record
1 Fights, 1 Loss
2009-04-24Loss Flag of England.svg Matthew "Crazy Arms" Read London, EnglandTime Penalty7
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
1st GBCBO UK Heavyweight Champion
15 August 2009 – ?
Succeeded by