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.
Mind Sports Olympiad
* This title is inspired from Prince‘s song Jam Of The Year, track 1 from the album Emancipation (1996)
“The intervention of chance in a game is, in a way, a mechanism that takes the decisions out of the player’s hand. As combinatorial games are determinated, that is, without chance, there is a finite set of possible solutions, and therefore there is always a succession of moves which leads to victory (or to a draw). We can therefore build a winning strategy, which leaves full control to the player over the game, even if he has to anticipate the opponent’s moves.”
“[…] les jeux d’esprit sont de toutes les saisons et de tous les âges ; ils instruisent les Jeunes, ils divertissent les Vieux, ils conviennent aux Riches, et ne sont pas au-dessus de la portée des Pauvres : les deux sexes peuvent s’en accommoder sans choquer la bienséance.”*
(Récréations mathématiques et physiques, Préface, 1694)
Jacques Ozanam, French mathematician (1640-1718)
* “[…] mind games are for all seasons and all ages;
they instruct the Young, and divert the Old;
they are not beneath the Rich,
not above the ability of the Poor;
they may be used by either Sex
without transgressing the Bounds of Modesty.”
Agon, French strategy game from the late 18th century