Ooh, everybody here! This is the game of the year!*

2019 MSO Game of the Year

We are delighted to introduce the Mind Sports Olympiad Game of the Year award. The 2019 award goes to Colour Chess. Colour Chess was immensley popular this year and will be returning to MSO in 2020. Chess Grandmaster Matthew Sadler who won this year’s Colour Chess World Championship wrote a great article on MSO’s chess variants for Chess magazine. Colour Chess is also available as an an iPhone and Android app.

The Mind Sports Olympiad Game of the Year is a new initiative that aims to celebrate new competitive board games. Candidate games have to be relatively new and included in the official MSO schedule. Players will have the opportunity to vote as of next year and the final selection will be made by combining the players’ and committee’s votes.

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* This title is inspired from Prince‘s song Jam Of The Year, track 1 from the album Emancipation (1996)

2019 London Chess Classic

2019 LONDON CHESS CLASSIC


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The London Chess Classic is the UK’s largest chess tournament and is back at Olympia from November 29 to December 8. In addition to the Fide Open section, there are numerous sections for various rated players alongside blitz and rapid tournaments. The prize fund features over £27,000. There is free entry to all tournaments for women and under 25s who are UK residents.

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The game must go on (Yeah!)

June 23, 2019


Hans Ree on January 17, 1973 (some rights reserved; see credits)

“Play out a boring game to the end and funny things can happen; Fischer knew it.”

Hans Ree, Dutch chess grandmaster and writer (1944-)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Abalone, open!

Chess, Draughts or Othello have only one starting position:


Starting position in chess from black side


Starting position in international draughts from black side


Starting position in Othello

Abalone has dozens! (:

Enough to play one thousand and one nights (^_-)—☆


An abalonian version of the Scheherazade story q:

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Every game is unique.

December 16, 2018


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave recording his game during a tournament.

“A game is never an unchanged reproduction of another game already played in the past.”

(Joueur d’échecs*, p.30, Fayard, october 2017)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, French chess grandmaster (1990-)

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* Chess player

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) on Wikipedia

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s website

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Do you really love it?

December 1, 2018


Magnus Carlsen at age 26

“Without the element of enjoyment,
it is not worth trying to excel at anything.”

Magnus Carlsen,
Norwegian chess grandmaster,
current World Chess Champion (1990-)

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World Chess Championship 2018 on Wikipedia

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Keep calm and use logic!

October 28, 2018


John van der Wiel, Tilburg chess tournament, round 1, Netherlands, October 12, 1983

“When you absolutely don’t know what to do anymore, it is time to panic.”

John van der Wiel, Dutch chess grandmaster (1959-)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

°°°°°°

Another Abalone complicated position.

Don’t panic!

In this case, all you have to do is:

(^_-)—☆

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