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)

Alea iacta est: the die is cast… in the garbage!

June 30, 2019


(Lisa Rougetet in january 2018)

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.

(Interview by the Henri Poincaré Institute;
translated by FightClub & Maath)

Lisa Rougetet, French historian of mathematics (19??-)

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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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Mindgames are for everyone.

June 16, 2019


(source: Gallica)

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[…] 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)

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* “[…] 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

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Outrageous connections

November 25, 2018


Nagle Jackson at The National Arts Club, New York City, November 19, 2012

“The truly great advances of this generation will be made by those who can make outrageous connections, and only a mind which knows how to play can do that.”

Nagle Jackson, American actor, director, and playwright (1936-)

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White probably thinks that Black is “outrageously connected” q:

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