Pentamind Race – Two Weeks to the Finish Line

It’s exciting to follow this year’s Pentamind World Championship. Defending Pentamind World Champion Ankush Khandelwal is currently leading the Pentamind standingsTrue to his online moniker, GameKing51 (aka Ankush) won the Bridge Pairs event, took silver in Backgammon, and scored highly in Poker and Chess. The king is set on defending his crown. Ankush is closely followed by 4-time Pentamind World Champion Andres Kuusk and newcomers Maciej Brzeski and Jordi Alexander. 

Jordi Alexander (aka Legendario) is representing Cyprus and currently lives in Singapore. He won the CATAN: Cities and Knights tournament, which started at 10pm his time. He played through the night–winning at 9am the next morning. You can watch his exciting CATAN final table win with commentary by CATAN Studio CEO Pete Fenlon here: 

CATAN: Cities and Knights – Epic Final Table!

We had an epic final table in CATAN: Cities and KnightsCongrats to our finalists, and especially to Jordi Alexander for winning!With commentary by Chris Fung and CATAN Studio CEO Pete Fenlon. This is the final table for the Cities and Knights tournament at the 2020 Mind Sports Olympiad. Final standings:1 Jordi Alexander2 Bob Ekers3 Tomasz Bazant 4 Benjamin Ramos All MSO events are online, open to the public and FREE this year. For more info, visit msoworld.comThe Mind Sports OlympiadThe World's Largest and Most Competitive board games tournament. Playing from Aug 1-30, 2020, join the hunt for the World's Strongest Boardgamer as players compete for the Pentamind Championship.

Posted by Mind Sports Olympiad on Sunday, August 9, 2020

Jordi also medaled in Battle Sheep and scored highly in Poker, Carcassonne, and Chess. Check out Jordi’s interview with Chris Fung on gameplay and strategy:

[Insights from the MSO] Jordi Alexander w Chris Fung

Jordi Alexander interviewed by Chris Fung[Insights from the MSO] Jordi Alexander w Chris Fung2020 Pentamind World Championship contender Jordi Alexander shares his thoughts on gameplay, life and strategy.

Posted by Mind Sports Olympiad on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

 

4-time Pentamind World Champion Andres Kuusk (Estonia) took gold in Quoridor and silver in Battle Sheep. Andres (aka Vashod) also scored highly in Bridge, Poker, and Entropy. Here’s a key game that he won in Quoridor against on of the best players in the world:

MSO newcomer Maciej Brzeski (Poland) already won four golds this year and medalled in Chess, Go, and Battle Sheep. He’s mentioned that he’s eyeing his first Pentamind World Championship. Check out this great commentary by WIM Sabrina Chevannes from the Chess Blitz Arena that Maciej narrowly won in the last few minutes:

lichess.org Chess Bullet Arena – Mind Sports Olympiad

lichess.org Chess Bullet Arena – Mind Sports OlympiadChess commentary on the lichess.org chess bullet 2min arena with Women's International Master Sabrina Chevannes

Posted by Mind Sports Olympiad on Sunday, August 16, 2020

2020 Medals and Pentamind Leaderboard

This year’s MSO is as competitive and international as ever with world-class competitors including the current Hive world champion Christian Galeas who won the first Hive tournament and only took silver in the second event and some of the strongest CATAN players in the world such as DyLighted and YoungNaijah (Sam Liu).

For a list of medalists, visit: https://msoworld.com/2020-medal-table/

In terms of this year’s Pentamind, the defending Pentamind World Champion Ankush Khandelwal has a solid lead. However there are several players that already have two PM scores in the high nineties, and we’ve got three weeks to go. Someone could still come out of nowhere. It will be exciting to follow.

Check out the latest Penatmind Leaderboard here: https://msoworld.com/live-pentamind-standings/

Pentamind Documentary

We’re delighted to share that our film, Pentamind, won Best Documentary at the 2020 Gen Con film festival.  To celebrate, we’ll be streaming for free the entire film for FREE as part of this year’s Mind Sports Olympiad. Please join us for the premiere screening on YouTube at 830pm London time on August 10 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpXHJpxQRJ0

Meanwhile, check out the trailer:

Penatmind-Directed by Hassan Amini, 59 minutes

Synopsis: In a nail-biting story of quirky but cut-throat competition, five of the world’s most decorated mind sports athletes compete to become the best all-round board games player in the world.