2021 Mind Sports Olympiad Provisional Schedule


The 2021 MSO will take place from August 13 to September 5 and will be online. The provisional schedule can be viewed at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pQXPB22KOnK0srAHgnwhzJ31XDEHaQm7TTvQK5QGajw/

Registration will open in July alongside a final schedule.

This will be the 25th year of the Mind Sports Olympiad. Last year’s MSO had the largest number of participants ever (5,884 unique competitors from 106 countries) and we hope to build on that success.

Ankush Khandelwal Wins the 2020 Pentamind World Championship

Defending World Champion Ankhush Khandelwal has again proven that he is the best board gamer in the world. Ankush scored 488.77 points to win the 2020 Pentamind World Championship. He had a phenomenal tournament, which included the following medals:

Acquire: Gold
Agricola: Silver
Backgammon 5 Points: Silver
Bridge: Gold
Marco Polo: Gold
Perudo aka Liar’s Dice: Gold
7 Wonders: Bronze
Pentamind World Championship: Gold
Eurogames World Championship: Gold

Click here to watch Ankush’s winner’s interview with MSO CEO Etan Ilfeld

Click here to listen to Ankush’s interview on BBC Radio.
Ankush was pushed all the way by Jordi Alexander (aka Legendario6) from Cyprus with 486 Pentamind points and Joe Mela (aka ChinaCad) from the UK with 483 Pentamind points. Checkout Jordi’s impressive win with commentary at the final table of CATAN:Cities and Knights, and also Joe’s gold medal final round victory in Battle Sheep

Fair Play at MSO and Othello Disqualification

On Saturday the 8th of August, at the conclusion of the Othello tournament, the Mind Sports Olympiad fielded allegations of outside assistance levelled at Vasyl “vasraz” Razinkov.

It has always been important to us to maintain the highest standards of honest competition, and so we began an investigation. The initial allegations were raised primarily due to two considerations: the first, that Mr. Razinkov had managed an extraordinarily high level of accuracy across all of his played games against a world-caliber field, and second that he had done this without any significant over the board history, or in-person interaction with top players.

As our investigation continued, we sought the analysis of a number of internationally ranked Othello experts, who were uninvolved with the gameplay or organisation of this tournament. We asked these experts to examine the games played by Mr Razinkov. Here are the conclusions that they provided:

  • Many of Mr. Razinkov’s move choices were the top moves suggested by a particular Othello engine named ‘Reversatile’.
  • The timings of moves played was odd. Many simpler moves taking up considerable time, with more complex and subtle moves being played with almost no deliberation.
  • The small number of inaccuracies played were more akin to ‘misclicks’, than mistakes that a player of this demonstrated aptitude should make.
  • These factors, taken together with Mr Razinkov’s lack of previous game history, lead to the recommendation that there is a high possibility outside assistance was used.

In order to provide Mr Razinkov the opportunity to demonstrate his capacity and refute these allegations, we invited him to provide us with game histories, as well as to meet with an independently appointed Othello expert to talk and play through a small number of games. Mr Razinkov declined this offer multiple times. Initially he cited time constraints (despite having registered for a number of other tournaments within the MSO schedule, and despite our having offered many variable timing options) but eventually he declined to engage in any further discussions concerning the allegations at any time.

The confluence of facts derived from our investigation leads us to conclude that Mr Razinkov derived an unfair advantage in the MSO Othello tournament through outside assistance, most likely through the use of a computer engine.

This is in direct contravention of our terms and conditions, which Mr Razinkov agreed to upon registration.

The Mind Sports Olympiad has a hard earned reputation for fairness and integrity at the highest level. Outside assistance will not be tolerated and we feel that the evidence before us indicates that this is a particularly egregious instance justifying both sanction and the publication of those sanctions. In order to maintain its reputation in the games community the Mind Sports Olympiad has therefore decided to enact the following sanctions:

  1. Disqualification without prize from the MSO Othello Tournament played on Saturday the 8th of August.
  2. Disqualification without prize for all events Mr Razinkov participated in for 2020, and a redistribution of placement in all such events such that Mr Razinkov’s position will be listed as last.
  3. Prohibition from registering for and competing in all Mind Sports Olympiad events from now until December 31, 2030.

In addition to these sanctions, we will be referring this matter and our findings to the following Othello associations, who may choose to enact their own sanctions independently:









Etan Ilfeld

CEO of the Mind Sports Olympiad

Register and Play

There’s still time to join the action at this year’s Mind Sports Olympiad. All of our tournaments are FREE and open to anyone. CLICK HERE to see the schedule and register. The Mind Sports Olympiad, the World’s largest and most competitive board gaming tournament has moved entirely online for the first time in its 24 year history. Boasting an impressive array of over 90 tournaments and over a dozen world championships over the month of August, gamers from all corners of the world have united in the search for the Pentamind World Champion, the world’s strongest board gamer. One thing’s for sure, whatever your appetite for gameplay, chances are that there will be something for you this year at the MSO. 

Until August 30, viewers can join an expert team of commentators to see how the best players in the world navigate the games you know and love. Games on offer run the gamut from classics like Chess and Poker to household favorites like Catan and Carcassonne. The MSO also offers the opportunity to compete in new games where there are still unplumbed strategic depths to explore.

If you want to test yourself against the best. Registration and full tournament details can be found at https://msoworld.com/mso-is-open-for-registrations/

If you have any questions, feel free to ping us at mindsportsolympiad@gmail.com or via our discord: https://discord.gg/mRhtB4M

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