Medals Table

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.

Medals from 1997 to 2015

Excluding junior medals, so far 1517 competitors, have won a medal at the Mind Sports Olympiad.

Korean Mind Sports Championship

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The Braining Games and MSO World-Korea Championships will take place on May 28 and 29 at Korea Job World in Suwon, (4-6, Jeongja-dong) 501, Bundangsuseo-ro, Bundang-gu. For more information and to register, please contact coroncine2@naver.com or call +82-(0) 31 8977114.

Scrabble at MSO 2016

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

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Scrabble Tournament Arbiter

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

2015 Mind Sports Olympiad Champions

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From left to right: James, Charlotte, Bijan and Martin

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.

Free Learn-to-Play Room

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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.

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

James Heppell won the 2015 Diving Chess World Championship

James Heppell won the 2015 Diving Chess World Championship

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…

 

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.