About

The Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) is an annual international multi-disciplined competition and festival for games of mental skill and mind sports. The inaugural event was held in 1997 in London with £100,000 prize fund and was described as possibly the biggest games festival ever held. It was the first event of its kind aiming to create an Olympics of the mind, awarding gold, silver and bronze medals for each event. The Mind Sports Olympiad continues to take place every year in England.

We are registered as M S O Limited with company number 04712990, and address:
51 Borough Way, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, EN6 3HA

Settlers of Catan at the 2012 Mind Sports Olympiad

Settlers of Catan at the 2012 Mind Sports Olympiad

The Mind Sports Olympiad also founded two competitions that were designed to find the best games all-rounders in the world and possibly the top games player alive. These are the Pentamind and the Decamentathlon both inspired by the athletic pentathlon and decathlon.

The Mind Sports Olympiad advocates games playing across the globe and to that end there have been many minor satellite competitions with the MSO brand. Many of which continue to flourish.

Venues of the Mind Sports Olympiad:

  • 1997 Royal Festival Hall, London
  • 1998 Novotel Hotel, Hammersmith
  • 1999 Kennsington Olympia, London
  • 2000 Alexandra Palace, London
  • 2001 South Bank University, London
  • 2002 Loughborough University, Loughborough
  • 2003 UMIST, Manchester
  • 2004 UMIST, Manchester
  • 2005 Manchester University, Manchester
  • 2006 Westminster University,London
  • 2007 United Reform Church, Potters Bar
  • 2008 Royal Horticultural Halls, London
  • 2009 Royal Horticultural Halls, London
  • 2010 Soho Theatre, London
  • 2011 University of London Union, London.
  • 2012 University of London Union, London.
  • 2013 University of London Union, London.
The Kamisado World Championship at the 2012 Mind Sports Olympiad

The Kamisado World Championship at the 2012 Mind Sports Olympiad

Diving Chess at the 2011 Mind Sports Olympiad

Diving Chess at the 2011 Mind Sports Olympiad

Trophies for the 2012 Mind Sports Olympiad

Trophies for the 2012 Mind Sports Olympiad

Ancient Greek hoplites playing a board game, ca. 520 BC, similar to image used as basis of MSO logo

Ancient Greek hoplites playing a board game, circa 520 BC, as basis for the MSO logo