Eurogames World Championship

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We’re excited to share that this year’s MSO will award the Eurogames World Championship title, and will have a Eurogame during every session including Settlers of Catan (Standard and Cities and Knights), Seven Wonders, Puerto Rico, Stone Age, Ticket to Ride (Europe), Coal Baron, Acquire, Race for the Galaxy, Carcassone, Dominion, Agricola, and Terra Mystica. The player with the highest top five Pentamind scores from different Eurogame events will be crowned the 2015 Eurogames World Champion.

2015 Diving Chess World Championship

World Champion David Jameson makes a move

World Champion David Jameson makes a move

Diving Chess is like normal chess but played in a swimming pool with submerged chessboard. Each player can only think as long as they are able to hold their breath. Once you’ve made a move and come up for air, your opponent must dive and cannot come back up until they’ve played a move, and then it’s your turn to dive again… 

Diving Chess is lots of fun–checkout last year’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvRdMY164A4

The 2015 Diving Chess World Championship will take place on August 9 from 3pm to 6pm at the Third Space gym, 67 Brewer Street, W1F London

You can register at by emailing mindsportsolympiad@gmail.com

MSO satellite events are headed to Korea and New Zealand

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We’re delighted to announce that Human & Education are the official MSO World Korean partner, and will be organizing a Korean MSO between June 20 to 21, 2015.
H&E will also be demonstrating their line of Braining Games at London’s MSO. Human & Education is an innovative company that specializes in developing mathematical and creative thinking educational equipment and games. Their website is www.saramn.co.kr
The Korean MSO event will include a Korean Pentamind championship, and the winner will receive free entry to the Mind Sports Olympiad Pentamind World Championship in London in August 2015. For more information, contact H&E at +(82) 312657112 or via email at snupian1@naver.com

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The New Zealand Mind Sports Olympiad Championship will take place in Thames, New Zealand between May 30 and June 7, 2015. Totally Thames is organizing this event which will include a Pentamind Championship:
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Do you live in New Zealand and want to get involved in organizing this event and have suggestions for games that could be included at the event? If so, please send an email to: registrar@mindsportsfestival.co.nz

Andres Kuusk wins the 2014 Pentamind

Congratulations to Andres Kuusk for winning the 2014 Pentamind World Championship! The Pentamind is a unique meta-event, which celebrates the best all round games player in the world.

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Any event at Mind Sports Olympiad can count towards that year’s Pentamind, and the player with the highest top five scores is crowned the Pentamind World Champion.This year’s Pentamind went down to the wire with Matthew Hathrell leading going in to the last session. Andres took gold in the Lost Cities event which clinched his Pentamind title. Pentamind medals were awarded to Matthew Hathrell with silver and Tim Hebbes with bronze.

This is the third time that Andres has won the Pentamind having previously won it in 2011 and sharing it with Ankush Khandelwahl in 2013. Many of his Estonian compatriots were also triumphant this year–including Martin Hobemagi who won the Junior Pentamind World Championship and Madli Mirme who won the Women’s Pentamind World Championship.

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The 2014 Mind Sports Olympiad featured a record 334 unique participants and a total of over 1000 event entries.  A complete list of results will can be viewed here.

Settlers of Catan Highlights

The 2014 Mind Sports Olympiad began on Sunday August 17th with an attendance of over 120 competitors in a morning session that included Chess 960, Scrabble, Backgammon, Stratego and Settlers of Catan. 

38 players competed in the Settlers of Catan tournament, which was won by former Pentamind World Champion Demis Hassabis.

On the closest gameboard on bottom left starting from left to right: Demis Hassabis (gold), Martin Hobemagi (junior gold), James Heppell (silver)

On the closest gameboard on bottom left starting from left to right: Demis Hassabis (gold), Martin Hobemagi (junior gold), James Heppell (silver)

Demis’ 5 year old son, Arthur, won the silver junior medal followed by his 7 year old brother, Alex, winning the bronze Junior medal.

Arthur Hassabis (age 5) wins the Silver Junior Medal in Settlers of Catan

The Heppell family was also well represented with James Heppell winning Silver followed by his mom Madeline winning Bronze.
Madeline Heppel won the Bronze Medal in Settlers of Catan

Madeline Heppel won the Bronze Medal in Settlers of Catan

The evening session featured Blitz Chess, 7 Card Stud, Kaluki and Diplomacy. There’s lots more planned for this week. Come along (it’s free for spectators) and join the fun!

2014 Mind Sports Olympiad Schedule

We’ve finalized the schedule for this year’s Mind Sports Olympiad, which will take place at JW3 in Hampstead, London, from August 17 to the 25. Tournament entries start at £10 per single session. Note that August 25 is a public holiday, and that the we will have events during the day and a final award ceremony at 6pm that day.

Also, please note that there will be no events on Saturday, August 23. You can view the latest updates at http://www.msoworld.com/schedule/

JW3 is the 2014 MSO Venue

This year’s Mind Sports Olympiad will be hosted at JW3, a brand new premises in London situated on Finchley Road close to Swiss Cottage and Hampstead Village. Designed by award-winning architects Lifschuts, Davidson and Sandilands, it offers outstanding facilities, a vibrant restaurant and cafe and a spacious outdoor piazza. We’re delighted to be a part of their programming.

Prizes for MSO 2014

MSO would like to thank Winton Capital Management, Mitsubishi UK, and DeepMind for sponsoring the 2014 prize fund:

Pentamind World Championship: £1200, £800, £400

Junior Pentamind: £200, £100, £50

Women’s Pentamind: £100, £50, £25

 

Sunday August 17

Scrabble: Gold medal £200, Silver £125, and Bronze £75.

Chess 960 Rapid:  Gold medal £150, Silver £100, and Bronze £75.

Chess 5min:  Gold medal £100, Silver £50, and Bronze £20. Junior Prizes: Gold £50, Silver £30, Bronze £20

Settlers of Catan: Gold medal £200, Silver, £100, and Bronze £50. Junior Prizes: Gold £50, Silver £30, Bronze £20

Diplomacy: Gold medal £50, Silver medal £30, and Bronze £20.

 

Monday, August 18

Chess Rapid:  Gold medal £100, Silver £50, and Bronze £25. Junior Prizes: Gold £50, Silver £30, Bronze £20

Memory World Cup:  Gold medal £200, Silver £125, and Bronze £75.

Chess Exchange: Gold medal £40 (£20 each), Silver £30, and Bronze £20.

 

Tuesday, August 19

Magic the Gathering: In addition to gold, silver and bronze medals, there will also be a prize pool of 3 booster cards per participant.

Entropy: Gold medal £200, Silver, £100, and Bronze £50. Junior Prizes: Gold £50, Silver £30, Bronze £20

 

Wednesday, August 20

Mental Calculations World Championship: Gold medal £120, Silver £80, and Bronze £50.

Tetris: Gold medal £100, Silver £50, and Bronze £25.

Shogi: Gold medal £100, Silver £50, and Bronze £25.

Lines of Action World Championship: Gold £100, Silver £50, and Bronze £25

 

Thursday, August 21

Decamentathlon: Gold medal £120, Silver £80, and Bronze £40.

Gomoku: Gold medal £50, Silver £30, and Bronze £20.

Renju: Gold medal £40, Silver £20, and Bronze £10.

Computer Programming: Gold medal £100, Silver £50, and Bronze £25.

 

Friday, August 22

Ken Ken and Sudoku: Gold medal £100, Silver £75, and Bronze £50.

Chinese Chess: Gold medal £50, Silver £30, and Bronze £20.

Bridge Pairs: Gold medalists £120 (£60 each), Silver £80 (£40 each), and Bronze £50 (£25 each).

 

Sunday, August 24

Go 9×9: Gold medal £40, Silver £30, and Bronze £20.

Go 13×13: Gold medal £80 Silver £40, and Bronze £20. 

Creative Thinking: Gold medal £100, Silver £75, and Bronze £50.

 

Monday, August 25

Go 19×19: Gold medal £125, Silver £75, and Bronze £50.

Registration is Now Open

You can now register for any of this year’s Mind Sports Olympiad events via JW3’s website at: https://www.jw3.org.uk/mso2014

All-You-Can-Play ticket £120
The All-You-Can-Play ticket provides great value as it covers unlimited participation for one player in any of the Mind Sports Olympiad events. You can can change your registration for any particular event session up to a day beforehand–just by emailing mindsportsolympiad@gmail.com and confirming what events you’d like to partake in. The All-You-Can-Play ticket is the best way to take advantage of the entire Mind Sports Olympiad. If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please contact the JW3 Box Office on 020 7433 8988.

Prize Fund
Thanks to our sponsors Mitsubishi Electric UK and Winton Capital Management we have over £8500 of guaranteed prize money. For the Pentamind World Championship, 1st place will receive £1200, 2nd will receive £800, and 3rd will receive £400.

2014 Diving Chess World Championship

The 2014 Diving Chess World Championship will take place at 3pm on July 27 at the Third Space Gym in Soho, 13 Sherwood St, London W1F 7BR. Diving Chess is played like normal chess but with the board submerged in a swimming pool. Each player can think for as long as they can hold their breath, and must make a move before coming up for air (once one player comes up, the other player goes underwater only to emerge after making a move). The event will be a four round Swiss tournament so that everyone is guaranteed to play 4 games of Diving Chess.

If you’d like to participate in this year’s event, please email mindsportsolympiad@gmail.com to reserve you spot. The entry fee is £10. Here’s some footage from last year’s event:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcmWv06iEwM

Summary of the 2013 Mind Sports Olympiad

The 17th Mind Sports Olympiad took place at the University of London Union from August 16th to the 25th, 2013, and featured competitors from over 40 countries. The oldest competitor, Bernard Morgan age 89, won a Bronze medal in Dominoes while the youngest competitor, Alexander Hassabis age 7, took home a junior gold medal in the Settlers of Catan tournament.

The Pentamind World Championship was shared by UK’s Ankush Khandelwahl and Estonia’s Andres Kuusk both of whom had a total of 492 points out of a maximum 500 points. The Pentamind is awarded to the player who scores the best results in five distinct games. Khandelwahl won gold medals at Chess, Poker, Carcassonne, Lines of Action and Acquire, while Andres’ won the Hare and Tortoise World Championship, the Entropy World Championship, the Kamisado World Championship and the Boku World Championship. The Women’s Pentamind World Championship was won by Emily Watson who excelled at Tetris, Acquire, and Diplomacy. Fifteen year old Martin Hobemagi from Estonia won the Junior Pentamind World Championship, and also won gold medals in poker, monopoly, bridge and renju.

Martin Hobemagi (left), Ankush Khandelwahl (middle), and Andres Kuusk (right)

Martin Hobemagi (left), Ankush Khandelwahl (middle), and Andres Kuusk (right)

The Diving Chess World Championship was won by David Jameson of the UK. Diving Chess features an underwater chessboard, and competitors are able to think for as long as they can hold their breath as they must complete a move before resurfacing–at which point, their opponents must submerge themselves, only to resurface once they have made their underwater move.

The Computer Programming Competition was won by Julia Hayward and the Starcraft competition was won by Anatol Gasiorowski. The Mind Sports Tetris competition was won by the UK Tetris Champion Paul Erdunast, while George Lane defeated nine-time World Champion Gert Mittring in the Mental Calculations World Championship.

The Mind Sports Olympiad features over 60 tournaments and over a dozen world championships. The Amateur Poker World Championship was won by Michael Dixon. The Creative Thinking World Championship was won by Dan Hoch and Gaby Kappus. Martyn Hamer won the gruelling Decamentathlon, which tests competitors on 10 different skills which include chess, intelligence, go, memory, mastermind, sudoku, and mental calculations.

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Emily Watson won the Women’s Pentamind World Championship

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The Diving Chess World Championship: players can think for as long as they can hold their breath

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UK Tetris champ Paul Erdunast (player on right) takes on Henry Lam (player on left)

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The Mental Calculation World Championship was won by George Lane (middle) followed by Gert Mittring (left), and Andrew Robertshaw (right)

Click here for a full list of results.

Click here for more photos at the Mind Sports Olympiad’s Facebook page.