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/
It has never been harder to win a medal. The caliber of play has been incredible with a range of world champions taking part including the current Hive world champion Christian Galeas who won the first Hive tournament and took silver in the Hive Standard Opening tournament.
Check out the replay of last weekend's epic Terra Mystica final, with expert commentary from Chris Bizzell and Lumin Sperling. The analysis is sure to improve anyone's understanding of the game and the game reaches an exciting climax at the end.Chris & Lumin are hosting the Fire Two Open tournament later this month involving 16 of the greatest players in the world which you can learn more about here https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2482398/announcing-fire-two-open-live-tournament-series-ho . You can also follow Lumin (US Agricola Champion) at https://twitch.tv/lumin_s for gameplay & analysis of Terra Mystica, Agricola and 7 Wonders
This year’s Entropy World Championship took place on Sunday, the 16th of August.
Gold David Jameson (Wales)
Silver Paul Kolk (Estonia)
Bronze Martyn Hamer (England)
Here’s a summary of the event by former Pentamind World Champion Alain Dekker:
A new scoring formula was tested which was generally very well received. Perhaps the slope/cut-off/shape of the scoring formula is not perfect, but it is a step forward and I want to credit Andres Kuusk for bringing this idea forward and vint.ee for implementing it. We’ll need to decide whether this will be used in the main over-the-board tournament for next year or whether it should be used for online tournaments only.
Congrats to all the medal winners! In particular, well done to David Jameson for his 6th title (and 5th in a row)! That means that David has now taken the top spot in the All Time Medal Table from Demis Hassabis, a position Demis has held since 2001.
And very well done to Paul Kolk from Estonia. Paul played a quite brilliant opening concept against me, pegging me to 73 points as Order (my lowest score of the day). Paul was undefeated today, winning a close match with David Jameson, but losing out to the new scoring formula. According to traditional scoring, Paul would have won the tournament, and David Jameson would have taken Silver. There were several players on 5/7, so I’m not sure who would have taken Bronze.
Finally, congratulations to Martyn Hamer for a superb Bronze! Martyn had two heavy losses in rounds 3 and 4, but finished strongly defeating his last 3 opponents with close to maximum scores. Thanks to the new formula, rising into the medals, just pipping Paco de la Banda. Martyn is a former Pentamind winner and this is his first Entropy medal.
It’s exciting to follow this year’s Pentamind World Championship. Defending Pentamind World Champion Ankush Khandelwal is currently leading the Pentamind standings. True 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:
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.
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.
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: