Congratulations to James Heppell for winning the 2015 Pentamind World Championship! Also, congrats to Charlotte Levy for winning the Ladies Pentamind, to Bijan Mehdinejad for winning the Eurogames World Championship, and to Martin Hobemagi for winning the Amateur Poker World Championship. The 2015 Mind Sports Olympiad featured 378 tournament competitors, and an additional 310 players who played in the learn-to-play-open-gaming-room, for a total of almost 700 participants. Thanks again to Mitsubishi UK and DeepMind for sponsoring the 2015 Mind Sports Olympiad.
Everyday from 10am to 10pm during this year’s Mind Sports Olympiad (August 23 to 31 excluding Aug 29), we will have a dedicated Learn-to-Play room where anyone can come and both learn and play new games. We’ve got games for all ages and levels. Best of all: it’s FREE and anyone can drop by anytime. Our dedicated MSO staff will explain the rules and we look forward to sharing our passion for board games.
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.
The 2015 Diving Chess World Championship took place on August 9 at the Third Space gym, 67 Brewer Street, W1F London. James Heppell (England) took gold, followed by Etan Ilfeld (USA) with silver, and Alain Dekker (South Africa) with bronze.
You can see the full video HERE
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…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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: email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.