Thursday August 25

 

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Decamentathlon World Championship
10:15am to 1:45pm
£10
The Decamentathlon World Championship comprises 10 events each scored out of 100 (for a maximum score of 1000), lasting 3.5 hours and largely consisting of examined papers. The following mental skills are tested in the Decamentathlon: memorizing cards & numbers, draughts, mental calculation, KenKen, chess puzzles, Go, Mastermind (6-colors), Creative Thinking, Sudoku, and Backgammon. The Decamentathlon provides the opportunity for players to show how good an all-rounder they are.

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Superfut
10:15am to 1:45pm
£10
Superfut is a turn-based boardgame that simulates football extremely well and has excellent balance between luck and skill. It is played by 2 people with a dice and game pieces on a checkered gameboard. The game was invented in Estonia in 1982 by Jaanus Mae and is based on unique rules and mathematical algorithm. For more info on Superfut, visit:
http://www.superfut.com/superfut/userfiles/manual/SuperfutA4+5bl-en.pdf


Kamisado World Championship
2:15pm to 6pm
£10
Kamisado is an abstract strategy board game for two players that’s played on an 8×8 multicoloured board invented by Peter Burley who will be giving free demos of this game during the Mind Sports Olympiad. Each player controls a set of eight octagonal dragon tower pieces. Each player’s set of dragon towers contains a tower to match each of the colours that appear on the squares of the board (i.e., a brown tower, a green tower, etc.). One player’s towers have gold dragons mounted on the top, while the other player’s towers are topped with black dragons.
The player with the black dragons moves first and may choose any tower. From this point onwards, each player must move the dragon tower that matches the colour of the square that the opponent’s last move finished on. The object of the game is to reach your opponent’s Home Row with one of your dragon towers. The first player to achieve this goal is the winner of the round.

 


VEGE tables
2:15pm to 6pm
£10
2 player games over 6 rounds with 15 minutes per player. Invented by Daniele Ferri, VEGE tables is a new, fun, card game that combines easy rules to follow with an exciting game strategy, Vege Tables is a game suitable for everyone from age 8 and above. Establish your land and plant your seed. Watch your seeds sprout turn into plants, than finally transform into tasty fruits and vegetables! The Vege Tables playing deck consists of 4 series of cards (coloured red, green, black, yellow) numbered from 1 to 20 and 8 Jokers card (“Tractors”) giving a total of 88 cards.
Vege Tables is a true card game, like Spades or Hearts: at each turn a player can use all the cards he wants, but at least one must be used, in order to terminate all the cards dealt in the game preparation. The basic strategy is to hold the cards needed by the opponents, avoiding to open the sequences which can help other players… but opportunities to score points during the game can drive players to very different strategic approaches.


Acquire
10.15am to 6pm (lunch break 1.30pm-2.15pm)
£15 (AM+PM; register for Double Session)
This Sid Sackson classic has taken many different forms over the years depending on the publisher. Each player strategically invests in businesses, trying to retain a majority of stock. As the businesses grow with tile placements, they also start merging, giving the majority stockholders of the acquired business sizable bonuses, which can then be used to reinvest into other chains. All of the investors in the acquired company can then cash in their stocks for current value or trade them 2-for-1 for shares of the newer, larger business. The game is a race to acquire the greatest wealth.
The tournament will be run over three rounds. Round 1 will be allocated splitting the best ranked players in different tables. Round 2 will have a 1st/2nd/3rd/4th classified player in round 1. Round 3 will be allocated swiss style, with the “final table” with the 4 players with the best score so far. The gold medal will go to the player with the most points among the finalists. Silver and bronze medal will go to the players with the most points (apart from the gold medalist).


Backgammon 4x11pt
10.15am to 6pm (lunch break 1.30pm-2.15pm)
£15
4 rounds where the winner of each round is the first to win 11 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.

 

 


Computer Programming
7pm to 10:30pm
£10
Each contestant will be responsible for bringing their own computer, and is free to use whatever programming language and environment that they wish (e.g. C++, Python, Pascal, etc…)
There will be four tasks and a maximum total time allowable of 3 and half hours. The tasks will be described in Simple English and no specialist knowledge will be required of the contestants. For tasks which involve test data, each participant will be given a set of test data via a USB stick. The data will be in a regular text file. The tasks are aimed at developing algorithms to solve data-drive questions (rather than creating a graphical interface). Also, while there will be no access to the internet during the competition, contestants can use any code and help files that they have stored locally on their computer.

Shacru

Shacru World Championship
 7pm to 10:30pm
£10, 7 rounds of 10 mins per player + 5 sec per move
The object of Shacru is to acquire as many squares of your colour on the board as possible before the game is over. The board is a 9 by 9 grid divided into 9 borderlands of 3 by 3 squares (could now be mistaken for Sudoku!), and at the start of the game all of the squares are neutral (not coloured).

With 2 players there are four pieces (aka chevrons) each, with 3 or 4 players three pieces each.

Each time you move a piece the square you move onto becomes your colour. You can move onto neutral squares, or squares of your own colour, but not onto squares of a different colour. So the game focuses on blocking the pieces of other players, and avoiding your pieces becoming blocked.

Pieces move only forwards (forwards directly or forwards to left or right). When a piece crosses a border the player can twist the piece 45 degrees to the left or right.

The game ends when no player can gain any more squares of their colour (either because none of their pieces can move, or because they can only move around onto squares that are already their colour).

 


7 Wonders
7pm to 10:30pm
£10
Swiss pairings over 3 rounds.
7 Wonders is a board game created by Antoine Bauza in 2010 and published by Repos Production in English and by Κάισσα in Greek, that won the prestigious Kennerspiel des Jahres in 2011. It is the first game to receive this prize. It also won the 2011 Deutscher Spiele Preis. It is one of the highest rated games on BoardGameGeek. 7 Wonders is a dedicated deck card game based on civilizations. It uses a card-drafting mechanic where, once per turn, each player selects a card to play from his or her hand then passes the remaining cards to the next player. This is repeated until 6 out of the 7 cards dealt have been played. The game is played over three decks representing three ages. Once all three decks have been played, players tally their scores in different developed areas (civil, scientific, commercial). The player with the most points wins.


Pot-limit Omaha
7pm to 10:30pm
£10
This event qualifies as one of the five events for the Amateur Poker World Championship. Omaha hold ’em (also known as Omaha holdem or simply Omaha) is a community card poker game similar to Texas hold ’em, where each player is dealt four cards and must make his or her best hand using exactly two of them, plus exactly three of the five community cards. Stronger hands tend to win in Omaha than in Texas Hold ’em, but gameplay is very similar including the betting rounds.

Backgammon Plakoto
7pm to 10:30pm
£10
Another variant of Backgammon, in which each player starts will all of their checkers on their opponent’s home point.