James Heppell wins the 2017 Pentamind World Championship!

James Heppell (Gold), Ankush Khandelwahl (Silver) and Andres Kuusk (Bronze)

Pentamind Medals: James Heppell (Gold), Ankush Khandelwal (Silver) and Andres Kuusk (Bronze)

Congratulations to England’s James Heppell for winning the 2017 Pentamind World Championship! The Pentamind is awarded to the player with the best finishes in 5 different events throughout the Mind Sports Olympiad. With two weeks to go ahead of his September wedding, James proved that love conquers all winning gold in Agricola, Backgammon, Blokus, Mensa Connections, Lost Cities, Lines of Action, and Texas Hold’em. James’ incredible Pentamind score of 476.16 points was closely followed by former Pentamind World Champions Ankush Khandelwal (England) with 471.34 points and Andres Kuusk (Estonia) with 467.14 points.

Eurogames World Championship: Mike Dixon (Gold), Ricardo Gomes (Silver) and Ankush Khandelwahl (Bronze)

Eurogames World Championship: Mike Dixon (Gold), Ricardo Gomes (Silver) and Ankush Khandelwahl (Bronze)

The Eurogames World Championship was won by defending champion Mike Dixon from England who took gold in Carcassone and Dominion followed by silver medals in Terra Mystica and 7 Wonders. Silver went to Portugal’s Ricardo Gomes followed by England’s Ankush Khandelwal winning bronze.

Additional highlights in this year’s competition included Dan Holloway winning the Creative Thinking World Championship and the European Speed Reading Championship. Dan was able to read a 102,169-word novel in 62 minutes and answer the comprehension questions with a 90% accuracy rate. Although his raw speed of 1,637 WPM is slower than Anne Jone’s MSO record of 2,246 set in 2001, however, his stunning 90% comprehension vs Anne’s 60% gives him a new MSO record for effective speed of 1,478 beating Anne’s previous record of 1348 WPM. Most impressive!

The Junior Pentamind medalists were Estonia’s Kuno Kolk (gold), Spain’s Noa Concepcion Martin (silver) and Portugal’s Samule Pires (bronze). The Women’s Pentamind medalists were Estonia’s Madli Mirme (gold), England’s Emily Watson (silver) and England’s Charlotte Levy (bronze). Meanwhile, the Senior Pentamind medalists were dominated by Italy’s Dario De Toffoli (gold), Piero Zama (silver) and Riccardo Gueci (bronze).

Visit our medals table for a full list of results.

 

 

 

Great start to the 2017 Mind Sports Olympiad–many more events to go!

This year’s Mind Sports Olympiad runs from August 20 to 28. There’s something for all ages from a free learn to play room to competitions ranging from DominoesCarcassoneTicket to RideBackgammon and Chess to Speed Reading, a Quiz for teams of two, and the Creative Thinking World Championship. There are medals for adults and juniors and everyone is welcome!
[Settlers of Catan featured 55 competitors from over a dozen countries]
The 2017 Mind Sports Olympiad kicked off on August 20 at JW3 with one of the strongest fields ever. The Scrabble event featured world number 2 David Eldar who placed fourth while grand master Austin Shin took gold with a perfect score of 7 wins out of 7 rounds followed by Craig Solomons and Sandie Simonis each with 5 wins out of 7 games. Settlers of Catan featured 55 players with Ricardo Gomes taking gold followed by David Van-Cauter and Martin Hobemagi.
World Number 2 David Eldar makes a move
[World number 2 David Eldar makes a move in the Scrabble competition]
Othello was won by Paul Smith with a perfect score of 5 wins out of 5 games, and Dominion was won by Mike Dixon. Meanwhile, Go 19×19 was won by Gong Cheng, and the Stratego Duel World Championship was won by Ricardo Guecci.
[Ricardo Guecci (left) won the Stratego Duel World Championship {playing against Spain’s Victor Espinoza}]
The Chess blitz championship was won by England’s Amit Ghasi with a perfect score of 9 out of 9, followed by Russian Grandmaster Alexander Cherniaev, and Austria’s Philipp Orgler. The Texas Hold’em Poker championship was won by former Pentamind World Champion James Heppell. The Memory Marathon competition was won by Katie Kermodefollowed by Lars Christiansen and Marlo Knight.
The Pentamind World Championship will be awarded on August 28th to the player with the best five results. For live Pentamind updates visit: http://www.msoworld.com/live-pentamind-standings/
There are still many events ahead this week and there’s something for all ages from a learn to play room to competitions ranging from  MonopolyDominoesCarcassoneTicket to RideBackgammon and Chess to Speed Reading, a Quiz for teams of two, and the Creative Thinking World Championship. For more info or to register visit: http://www.msoworld.com/events/
For press queries, please contract mindsportsolympiad@gmail.com

Andres Kuusk is the 2016 Pentamind World Champion

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Congratulations to Andres Kuusk for winning the Pentamind World Championship. Andres was trailing behind Ankush Khandelwal with 24 hours left in the tournament, but was able to win the Texas Hold’em tournament to retake the lead and finish with a Pentamind score of 462.35pts followed closely by Ankush’s 456.38pts and last year’s champion James Heppell’s 452.22pts. This is the fourth time that Andres has won the Pentamind!

Emily Watson won the Women’s Pentamind World Championship, Dario de Toffoli won the Senior’s Pentamind World Championship and Daniel Guerra won the Junior’s Pentamind World Championship. Meanwhile, the Eurogames World Championship was won by Mike Dixon with a score of 436.46pts. The medals table is online and check out our Facebook page for photos and videos.

Record Number of Entries So Far

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Dominion Championship (Won by Ziggy Harris)

This year’s Mind Sports Olympiad is shaping up to be the largest Olympiad over the last decade with 1100 entries so far. There are still a lot of events ahead and anyone can still register and participate.

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Paco teaches kids how to play Catan in the free learn-to-play gaming room

Recent highlights include Vincent Frochot defending his Abalone World Championship title, Tze Tung Chong winning Terra Mystica, David Jameson winning the King’s Cribbage World Championship, Daniele Ferri winning Rummikub, and Grand Master Alexander Cherniaev winning the British Chess 960 Championship. The medals table is online and our Facebook page shows the latest photos and videos.

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Rummikub Championship (won by Daniele Ferri)

 

 

Great first Sunday at this year’s Mind Sports Olympiad

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We are having a great start to this year’s Mind Sports Olympiad. Our Settlers of Catan event was at the maximum of 60 players (as we only had 15 Catan sets), and was won by Ricardo Gomez. Scrabble had 40 competitors and was won by Austin Shin. Other events today included Backgammon, Chess 960, Oware, Memory and Dominion. The medals table is online and there are photos on our Facebook page.
There’s still a lot more gaming to go and anyone can register to join the remaining events.

MSO December 2015 Tournament in La Palma, Canary Islands

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La Palma hosted its first Children’s Mind Sports Olympiad on December 29th and 30th, and had over 300 participants competing in various games ranging from Blokus, Chess and Abalone to Tangram and Mastermind. The tournament took place at the Brena Alta Sports Center and is part of a collaboration between MSO and the Canary Island’s Aprender Jugando educational outreach program.

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The next La Palma MSO event will take place from June 7th to the 9th, and the children with the highest Pentamind scores will have the opportunity to travel to the Mind Sports Olympiad in London from August 21 to 29, 2016. For more information contact Verónica Candelaria Sánchez, Aprender Jugando La Palma project manager, at +34 646262186 and veronicacandelariasanchez@gmail.com

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.

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.

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.