Ankush Khandelwal wins the 2019 Pentamind

Posted by Mind Sports Olympiad on Monday, August 26, 2019


Congratulations to Ankush Khandelwal for winning the 2019 Pentamind World Championship and defending his title! Ankush represented Britain and has won the Pentamind for the third time. Silver and bronze went to Estonia’s Andres Kuusk and Martin Hobemagi.

For full results and medals visit:

2019 Medal Table

Live Pentamind Standings

Our FaceBook page has lots of updates and videos including this amazing demonstration by this year’s Memory Champion Andrea Muzii of his memorizing a full deck of cards in 20 seconds:

Andrea Muzii demonstrates memorising a full deck in 20 seconds!It was amazing to see and film this in person. It took him 20 seconds to scan a randomly shuffled deck. Then he took an ordered deck an arranges it to match the shuffled deck, and verifies that the order is correct. Andrea won 9 out of 10 discplines at this year's Mind Sports Olympiad Memory competition!

Posted by Mind Sports Olympiad on Monday, August 19, 2019

Andrea Muzii won all the Memory Olympiads and 9 out of 10 disciplines! Highlights of his incredible feats include, memorizing 504 normal (standard base 10 digits; e.g. 0-9) in five minutes, and he broke the European record for memorizing images in 5 minutes when he did 394 images!

Pentamind Documentary Premiere

August 6th was the Premiere of our documentary about the Pentamind World Championship. PENTAMIND tells the tale of this fiendish contest while exploring the heady world of competitive board gaming and the spell it casts over those who compete for love and glory.

The next screening is on Aug 20 at 12pm. Get your tickets while they last!


Chess Bonanza at MSO 2019

In terms of chess, there is a great deal of variety at this year’s MSO and most events have cash prizes. The UK Chess 960 Rapid Championship will be a one-day tournament on August 25th, followed by a new variant called Colour Chess that evening. August 20th will feature a standard rapid tournament followed by an evening of Chess Variants, which is a new addition. Additional tournaments include Chess Problem Solving (Puzzles) event and an Exchange Chess tournament on Aug 26th. There will also be a Blitz event on August 18th. Visit our registration page for more info, rules, and to secure your spot.

The evening Chess Variants tournament will feature 5 double rounds of the following variants:

  • Round 1: Losing Chess. 3min + 5s increment per move
  • Round 2: Monster Chess. 3min + 5s increment per move
  • Round 3: Knight-Relay Chess. 5min + 10s increment per move
  • Round 4: Atomic Chess. 5min + 5s increment per move.
  • Round 5: Coin Chess. 5min + 5s increment per move.

Atomic Chess: Unknown inventor
Rules: Normal rules apply, but there is no check or checkmate.

When a piece is captured, an explosion occurs on the capture square. The explosion removes:

  • the capturing piece
  • the captured piece.
  • all pieces, except pawns, on surrounding orthogonal squares (ie. a king’s move away)

A player wins by removing the opponents’ king (by direct capture or explosion).

Moves which cause a player’s own king to explode are not allowed.

Diving Chess

A quirky and truly unique chess variant called Diving Chess will have its annual world championship run on the evening of Friday, August 23rd.

Diving Chess is like regular chess except that the board is submerged in a pool and players can think for as long as they can hold their breath for each move. It was popularized by a BBC Breakfast video this year.

There are no qualifiers and everyone is welcome.