Mike Relm Fuses Chess and Jiu Jitsu in Opera House Massacre

This new video is a remake of the Opera House Massacre blended with a jiu jitsu match in an artistic piece that is truly one of a kind. If anybody is wondering the chess set was borrowed from The Chess Piece dot com.  


  • 4 years ago


    I do jiu jitsu as well as chess and I have to say that there are many similar elements between the two. Jiu jitsu relies on technical understanding and technique, just like chess.

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    To a chess player, a combination of moves with precise execution can be one of the most beautiful sights ever.  The same can be said for the art of Jiu Jitsu, when you watch one person use a combination of moves to bring his opponent down to the mat.

    With Jiu Jitsu you manipulate the opponent's force against himself rather than confronting it with your own force. You even have "pins" which restrict movement just as the "pin" in chess can do.  It's an interesting and thought provoking post.

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    Coolest post ever on Chess.com? I believe so.

  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    I thought it was cool!

  • 4 years ago


    Sup dudes, its not supposed to be an accurate recreation of the game. Its and artistic piece on chess and jiu jitsu. We called it The Opera House Massacre to teach people about chess history....This is an art fusion piece. Its also not totally indicative of a live jiu jitsu match. There are many ways any given jiu jitsu battle can end....We focused on armlocks from different angles. The next video will cover another positional theme of jiu jitsu. Chess it part sport, part art, part science and its all fun. Just the fact that people are here posting the entire original game, means that our goal of inspiring folks to rediscover or learn important pieces of American chess history means we accomplished our task. 

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    The final position doesn't look accurate in the video

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    One of my most favorite games!  I like the comparison between the two events.  I have always been a fan of the American Chess Master Paul Morphy.  Being from the same general area where he was born and lived, I have traveled on Morphy Avenue many times.  I also taught a summer course in the college where Morphy  attended classes and graduated.  In an interview, Bobby Fischer said about Paul Morphy, “I think



    everyone agrees he was probably the greatest of them all.”  Fischer named Morphy in the top 10 greatest chess players of all time and “the most accurate chess player who ever lived.”    
    The chess game played in 1858 at an opera house in Paris between the American chess master Paul Morphy and two strong amateurs, the German noble Duke Karl of Brunswick and the French aristocrat Count Isouard, is among the most famous chess games. Duke Karl and Count Isouard consulted together, playing as partners against Morphy. The game is often used by chess instructors to demonstrate the importance of rapid development of one's pieces, the value of sacrifices in mating combinations, and other lessons.  It’s even listed in one of my favorite chess books “How Not To Play Chess” by Eugene A. Zosko-Borovsky.
    White: Paul Morphy   Black: Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard   
Paris 1858.

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