MSO Cambridge 2011 Frequently Asked Questions

What is MSO Cambridge?

It's a small Mind Sports Olympiad. MSO Cambridge 2001 was the first time that there has been an MSO event in the UK outside London, and it was such a success that we did it again in 2002, but bigger; that event was again a great success, so we're continuing the sequence. Cambridge is a hotbed of mind sports talent, so the ideal place for a provincial MSO festival.

What is the Mind Sports Olympiad?

It is an Olympiad for "thinking" games. The competitors play each other at a variety of well known strategy games, such as Chess, Bridge, Draughts (Checkers), Backgammon, Scrabble, Othello and Go, and compete for prizes.

Why organise a Mind Sports Olympiad?

There has been an explosive growth of physical sports in the 1980s and 1990s. Now, with increased leisure time and more people working from home, MIND SPORTS will be the great growth area into the 21st century. And above all, the Mind Sports Olympiad is great fun for the players and spectators.

Who is eligible to take part?

Anyone in the world!

How many games and skills may each competitor enter?

Most participants enter only one competition, but it is possible to take advantage of the scheduling and compete in several tounaments. Also, there is a "Grantamind" competition for those who are adept at at least three different games.

How is the Olympiad organised?

There are different competitions to cater for each game and skill. The format for most tournaments is the Swiss system, in which all of the contestants play in every round. In Go we use the McMahon system.

What are the prizes?

See the schedule.

Where will the event be held?

Trinity College in Cambridge. We have more information about the venue, about how to get there, about where to eat there and where to stay.

How do I register and what do I pay?

Enquiries regarding payments and registration can be found on the entries page.

How can I get more information?

If there's anything you need to know that you cant find out on this web site, you are welcome to contact the organiser: Aubrey de Grey

Problems or questions regarding this site should be directed to the organiser