We are delighted to announce that all of our Chess tournaments are open for registration and that we are proud to partner with Lichess where all of our chess tournaments will be hosted this year. Some events have cash prizes. Also, the player with the top 5 Pentamind scores from all of the Chess events will be crowned the 2020 MSO Chess Champion. £100 for 1st place overall. We’ll be live streaming almost all of these events on our FaceBook channel.
Times below are for London (UTC+1) – click on the events to register:
Sat 1st August 7.30pm – 3min Blitz 90min Arena
Sun 2nd August 7.30pm – 5+3 Blitz 9 round Swiss
Wed 5th August 7.30pm – 960 2-hour Blitz Arena
Thu 6th August 7.30pm – 960 10min 7 round Swiss
Sat 8th August 7.30pm – Crazyhouse 90min Arena
Sun 9th August 7.30pm – 3min Blitz 10 round Swiss
Fri 14th August 7.30pm – Atomic 3min Blitz 90 min Arena
Sat 15th August 3.30pm – 5min Blitz 2-hour Arena
Sat 15th August 7.30pm – Three-Check 3min Blitz 1-hour Arena
Sun 16th August 7.30pm – 2min Bullet 1-hour Arena
Thu 20th August 7.30pm – 10min 7 round Swiss
Fri 21st August 7.30pm – Three-Check 2min Bullet 1-hour Arena
Sat 22nd August 7.30pm – 1min Bullet 10 round Swiss
Sun 23rd August 7.30pm – Anti-Chess 3 min Blitz 1-hour Arena
Thu 27th August 7.30pm – 1min Bullet 1-hour Arena
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.
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.