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.
The 20th Mind Sports Olympiad will take place between August 21st and 29th at JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET. We recommend registering early to guarantee your spot. Anyone can sign up to compete. In addition, all events are open to spectators, free of charge, and newcomers are always welcome. There will also be a free learn to play room throughout the event, and all ages are welcome. While all events will award adult and junior medals, some events have cash prizes. Come and join the fun!
Mind Sports Olympiad medals won over the last 20 years can now be viewed HERE. Former Pentamind Champion David Pearce leads the medals table with 45 Gold medals.
Excluding junior medals, so far 1517 competitors, have won a medal at the Mind Sports Olympiad.
The Mind Sports Olympiad Scrabble Olympiad took place on Sunday 21st August and was attended by 40 players across the whole range of abilities. At the top end were Grand Masters one of whom, David Eldar is currently ranked number two in the world. At the other end of the scale there were a number of players who had never played face-to-face tournament Scrabble before.
The first round of events like this is drawn randomly and saw one of the tournament newcomers, Will Morgan, up against Grand Master David Eldar. Not knowing Of David’s standing, Will was undaunted by the challenge and, much to everyone’s surprise, came out on top.
Will continued his good form in round 2 with a win against Victoria Kingham, an established tournament player in the UK. Amongst other surprise results in round 2 was a win by just 2 points for a relative newcomer to uk-Scrabble, Temu Oluku against top player Rafal Dominiczak who was fifth highest rated in the field.
So after two rounds Will found himself at the top of the table and now faced a relative newcomer to uk Scrabble in Ian Nicol. Once again Will triumphed and went to lunch on three wins out of three in the company of most of the top players in the tournament.
Things didn’t go quite as well for Will in the afternoon whilst David Eldar recovered strongly form his early defeat winning all his other games. The tournament had seven rounds and by the time we reached round 6 the battle for the gold medal was between 6 players. Grand Master Austin Shin and Expert Ed Rossiter were undefeated whilst David Eldar, Rafal, Rik Kennedy and Mohamed Kamara had lost only one game.
Austin Shin came out on top against Ed in the final game to head the field whilst David Eldar maintained his strong recovery to finish second on spread. Ed Rossiter took the bronze medal.
This tournament is well-liked by many tournament Scrabble players. They like the venue and the format. At the same time the event gives new players the opportunity to compete against Scrabble’s elite. Chatting to a number of players afterward, they had all enjoyed the day. Despite some heavy reversals the players new to tournament Scrabble had enjoyed the experience and we hope to see a number of them at other Scrabble tournaments in the coming months. Will Morgan, especially thoroughly enjoyed his day. He did manage one more win during the afternoon and finished a very creditable 11th = the same position as Tim Hebbes, a regular MSO only Scrabble player
Scrabble Tournament Arbiter
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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…