MSO @GenCon

Delighted to share that we have several events at GenCon next week. Our documentary PENTAMIND has been shortlisted for Best Doc and will be screened throughout GenCon’s film festival  (we’ll also be watching the award ceremony on July 30). We’ve got a seminar on How to be the Best Board Games Player in the World with Pentamind Champs James Heppell, Andres Kuusk, and Ankush Khandelwal on July 30 at 10pm London time (also streamed on MSO’s FB). And another seminar with Ricardo Gomes on Winning Strategies in Catan (July 31 at 11pm London time). All events are FREE.

Poker Open For Registration

We are delighted to announce that all of our Poker tournaments are available for registration. All of the poker tournaments will take place for free at (or using your local PokerStars client) with Play Money, and are available to players over 18. All tournaments start at 730pm London time (230pm Eastern Time USA). Click on the events below to register and for more details:

Sat 8th August – NL Hold’Em

Sun 9th August – PL Omaha

Wed 12th August – Limit Seven Card Stud

Fri 14th August – Limit Five Card Draw

Sat 15th August – NL Hold’Em Heads Up Zoom

Sun 16th August – PL Omaha Heads Up Zoom

Wed 19th August – NL Hold’Em 6+

The player with the top 5 Pentamind scores from all of the Poker events will be crowned the 2020 Amateur Poker World Champion.

Catan Tournaments are Open for Registration

We are delighted to announce that our Catan tournaments are open for registration. Catan (Aug 1st, followed by a semi-final and final on Aug 2nd), Cities and Knights (Aug 8) and Catan Bullet (Aug 23) will take place on Catan Universe with pairings and audio via MSO’s Discord channel:

The winner of each Catan tournament will receive a $150 gift voucher to Catan Shop courtesy of CATAN Studio. The Catan tournament results will also count towards the Eurogames World Championship and the Pentamind World Championship. We will also be live streaming the final tables on MSO’s facebook, youtube and twitch channels.

Click on the events below to register and for more details:

Catan (Day 1)

Catan (Bullet)

Cities And Knights

Mind Sports Olympiad is an annual competition that includes mind sports from Chess and Bridge to Backgammon and Poker. This year the event is entirely online from August 1st to 30th.

Black Lives Matter

We at the Mind Sports Olympiad loudly affirm that Black Lives Matter. Recent events have been the catalyst for a long-overdue examination of the devastating legacy of colonialism and the inequalities that continue to pervade every aspect of our society. It’s now up to all of us to create a more just and equal society.

The Mind Sports Olympiad has always aimed to be as inclusive as possible. However, the board game community is still predominantly white and affluent. In order to be more accessible and also due to the financial hardships from the pandemic, this year’s MSO will have no entry fees. Furthermore, for our live streaming commentary team, we plan on hiring commentators from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities–especially Black voices–in order to promote a wide range of voices and role models.

Please do let us know if you would like to help and have any suggestions on how to make MSO more diverse and inclusive.

Black Lives Matter and we all have a role in shaping a more just and enlightened society.

Etan Ilfeld (Managing Director and owner of MSO)

PS~During the rest of the year, when I’m not organizing MSO, I’m a book publisher and also the proud founder of Repeater Books. Repeater’s mission is to challenge the status quo and fight for the oppressed. If you’re looking to better understand the Black Lives Matters movement, I highly recommend Terraformed by Joy White, Dispatches from the Vanguard by Patrick Howell, Darkly by Leila Taylor, and Decolonial Daughter by Lesley-Ann Brown. Terraformed was published last month and highlights the particular struggle in the UK. Dispatches from the Vanguard comes out in August.