Mind Sports Olympiad 2013
Until Sun Aug 25 2013
© Olivier Hess
Time Out says
Posted: Tue Jul 30 2013
The students may have dispersed for the summer, but brains continue to buzz at the University of London as the university’s union provides the venue for the seventeenth Mind Sport Olympiad.
There are, it seems, myriad ways of proving your prowess – and winning gold, silver or bronze medals – that don’t involve getting sweaty. Among the options at this annual festival of the mind are chess, draughts, Scrabble and backgammon. Card games also figure, including bridge and the amateur poker world championship. There’s a general knowledge quiz, Stratego, shogi (aka Japanese chess) and dominoes. New this year for video gamers are tournaments for ‘Tetris’ and ‘Starcraft 2’, and a computer programming competition.
Anyone with their sights set on a bit of telly exposure may want to save their best efforts for Saturday August 17 and Sunday August 18, when the casting director for Channel 4’s ‘Countdown’ – always on the look out for bright sparks to take part in the show – will be at the MSO to hold open auditions.
There are also opportunities to learn Go and other games and play uncompetitively for free, plus a series of free lunchtime talks.
And, just to mix things up a bit, because, of course, brain and brawn are not mutually exclusive, on August 22 at 7pm there’s a diving chess competition off-site at Third Space Gym (13 Sherwood Street, W1F 7BR). Yep, chess in a pool. Only in place of a clock, the time you get to think is determined by how long you can hold your breath. We’re not sure that’s what we’d call a level playing field…