The 17th Mind Sports Olympiad was held at The University Of London Union from August 16th to the 25th.
This years Pentamind title, which is awarded to the player who scores the best results in five distinct games, was shared by UK’s Ankush Khandelwahl and Estonia’s Andres Kuusk (fantunes in Mindoku) both of whom had a total of 492 points out of a maximum 500 points. James Heppell (UK) collected 480 points and 3rd place.
Martin Hõbemägi (left, 5th overall), Ankush Khandelwahl (middle), and Andres Kuusk (right). Image linked from msoworld.com.
The Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) is an annual international multi-disciplined competition and festival for games of mental skill and mind sports. The inaugural event was held in 1997 in London with £100,000 prize fund and was described as possibly the biggest games festival ever held. It was the first event of its kind aiming to create an Olympics of the mind, awarding gold, silver and bronze medals for each event. The Mind Sports Olympiad continues to take place every year in England.
There are lots of different types of sudoku that are developed every year. It’s possible to keep the look of a regular sudoku and add some rules that will give totally new dimensions to these sudokus. As much as there are sudoku types, there are the same amount of different names to them.
The name of a sudoku has to tell you what it’s about. For example, if the name is non-consecutive sudoku, then there is an extra constraint that consecutive digits cannot be next to each other.
There is a competition at the logicmastersindia.com website this weekend until tuesday, and it’s all about killer sudokus. Killer sudoku is a sudoku that has extra areas in which the sums of all digits must match a specific number. The competition is about some new variants created by Stefan Heine from Germany who is one of the best sudoku constructors in the world (in my opinion). It’s worth to give it a try, because this competition has some style.
The name of a competition is Killer Shootout and sudokus in this competition consist of birds, fishes and compasses. One of the sudokus there has the coolest name I’ve ever seen: Non-consecutive Little Odd Fish Killer Sudoku. You can see the sudoku here:
There are some extra constraints and the name actually tells you what it’s about. It’s non-consecutive, there are some fishes where you can only write odd digits and it’s a variant of a killer Sudoku named little killer. The numbers outside the grid provide the sums of all digits in the indicated diagonal direction. Awesome!
I am participating in this event and hope to see you there!