Monday August 22


Cribbage Singles
10:15am to 1:45pm
£10
Swiss pairings over 4 rounds with 6 cards dealt.
Cribbage is a popular card game, a favourite of working men’s clubs and pubs, and has been credited to the colourful Sir John Suckling (1609-1642), known as the “the greatest gamester”. Cribbage is a points-scoring game in which cards count their pip value with aces scoring one point and all court cards scoring ten points. The game is played with a standard pack without jokers. A peg board is used to keep score, the winner being the first to reach or pass 121 points.


Cribbage Pairs
2:15pm to 6:00pm
£10
Swiss pairings over 4 rounds with 5 cards dealt.
This popular card game, a favourite of working men’s clubs and pubs, has been credited to the colourful Sir John Suckling (1609-1642), known as the “the greatest gamester”. Cribbage is a points-scoring game in which cards count their pip value with aces scoring one point and all court cards scoring ten points. The game is played with a standard pack without jokers. A peg board is used to keep score, the winner being the first to reach or pass 121 points in Cribbage pairs.

MIND SPORT OLYMPICS

Cities & Knights
10.15am to 6pm (lunch break 1.30pm-2.15pm)
£15 (AM+PM; register for Double Session)
4 rounds of 1 hour 45 minutes
This game is an expansion of Settlers of Catan, and changes the game in three main ways:

First, there are 3 new commodities in the game – paper, cloth, and coins, which can be acquired from Forest, Meadow, and Mountain spaces, respectively. Cities that would normally produce two of one of those resources instead produce 1 resource and 1 of the corresponding commodity. These commodities allow players to build improvements which offer various advantages and thus score points.

Second, the deck of development cards is replaced by three other decks, each corresponding to one commodity. Building city improvements gives players a chance to draw these cards with each roll of the dice. Building more improvements will increase these chances, but cards cannot be bought directly. These cards have wider ranging effect than in the basic game

Finally, players can also build knights on the island along their road network. These knights can be used to claim certain intersections and move the Robber (taking the place of Soldier cards), but are also used to defend the island from barbarian attacks. If the island is successfully defended, the player(s) with the most knights will be rewarded. If not, the player(s) with the fewest knights each have a city downgraded to a settlement.

 


Chess Rapid
10.15am to 6pm (lunch break 1.30pm-2.15pm)
£15 (AM+PM; register for Double Session)
Swiss pairings over 6 rounds with 25 minutes per player per game, with an increment of 5 seconds per move.
Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. It is one of the world’s most popular games. The name “Chess” is derived from the Persian word “Shah”, meaning a king or ruler. This word is also related to “check” and may even be cognate with the words Caesar, Kaiser and Czar, respectively denoting rulers in the Roman Empire, the German Empire and the Russian Empire.
Each player begins the game with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent’s pieces, with the objective to ‘checkmate’ the opponent’s king.


Backgammon 8x3pt
10.15am to 6pm (lunch break 1.30pm-2.15pm)
£15 (AM+PM; register for Double Session)
7 rounds where the winner of each round is the first to win 3 points (a doubling die is used). Backgammon is one of the oldest board games for two players. The playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and a player wins by removing all of his pieces from the board before his opponent. Backgammon is a member of the tables family, one of the oldest classes of board games in the world.Although luck is involved and factors into the outcome, strategy plays a more important role in the long run. With each roll of the dice, players must choose from numerous options for moving their checkers and anticipate possible counter-moves by the opponent. In variants that originate from early 20th century New York, players may raise the stakes during the game.


Exchange Chess
7pm to 10:30pm
£10
5 minute time control per player per game.
Bughouse chess (also known as Exchange chess, Siamese chess, Tandem chess, Transfer chess, Double bughouse, Cross chess, or simply bughouse or bug) is a popular chess variant played on two chessboards by four players in teams of two. Normal chess rules apply, except that captured pieces on one board are passed on to the players of the other board, who then have the option of putting these pieces on their board. The match ends when either of the games on the two boards ends. A game is won when one player gets checkmated, resigns, forfeits on time or when an illegal move is made in which the offending side is caught. The match can be drawn by agreement or when two players run out of time or are checkmated simultaneously. A piece cannot be inserted into the board for a checkmate, but check is allowed.


King’s Cribbage World Championship
7pm to 10:30pm
£10
Swiss pairings over 5 rounds with a 16 minute time control.
Kings Cribbage is a board game released by Cococo Games that counts like cribbage, but plays like scrabble or a crossword puzzle. It uses a raised-grid gameboard and features playing card tiles, 4 tile holders and a bag.
Game play for Kings Cribbage is much like Scrabble. Players first draw a letter from a bag to see who draws (and goes) first. Unlike Scrabble, however, players only draw 5 tiles rather than 7. The first player tries to find the best Cribbage hand within his 5 tiles and then places them in a line (in any order) anywhere on the board. The first play must be between 2 and 5 tiles, but all subsequent plays can be anywhere from 1 to 5 tiles. Points are tallied based on the rules of Cribbage. Extra points may be scored for using all 5 of your tiles (10 pts) or arranging a hand so that they’re all the same colour (10 pts).


London Lowball
7pm to 10:30pm
£10
A draw game in which players attempt to make the weakest possible hand rather than the strongest, with Aces being counted a low cards and straights and flushes counting as high hands. The best possible hand in London Lowball is 6-4-3-2-A without a flush, as opposed to the best possible hands of 7-5-4-3-2 without a flush in Kansas City Lowball and 5-4-3-2-A regardless of suit in Ace-to-Five Lowball.

CoalBaron

Coal Baron
7pm to 10:30pm
£10, 2 rounds of 90 minutes
Coal Baron – or Glück Auf in German, after a greeting German miners use when wishing one another luck – has players sending miners underground to dig tunnels and acquire coal, which comes in four levels of quality and which is used to fulfill contracts.

The game lasts three rounds, and in each round players take turns placing their workers on action spaces; you can go on a space occupied by another player, but you need to place additional workers in order to do so. Each player has an individual elevator shaft, and he’ll need to use workers to extract coal and bring it to the surface, while also competing for contracts and scrounging for cash in order to do everything else that needs to be done!

Nackgammon
7pm to 10:30pm
£10
A variant of the classic game of backgammon, with a different initial distribution of the checkers.