There are, it seems, myriad ways of proving your prowess – and winning gold, silver or bronze medals – that don’t involve getting sweaty. This annual festival of the mind will feature sedentary tournaments in more than 60 board games. Classics such as chess, draughts, Scrabble and Monopoly all feature alongside more recent hits such as Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. Card games, an amateur poker world championship, coomputer-programing and mental-calculations contests, a general knowledge quiz and even a Tetris tournament are also on the schedule.
Register in advance for your chosen tournaments at the Mind Sports Olympiad event page to get on board. Budding competitors should make the most of the daily free learn-to-play events during which Olympiad staff will introduce visitors to any of the games starring in this year's MSO.