Search

Memory champion celebrates win at JW3 Mind Sports Olympiad

15:00 24 August 2014

JW3 Mind Sports Olympiad organiser Etan Ilfeld (right) in a chess match with Shanepes Meredov (15) -  a national chess master and part of the Turkmenistan National Chess Team. Picture: Polly Hancock

JW3 Mind Sports Olympiad organiser Etan Ilfeld (right) in a chess match with Shanepes Meredov (15) - a national chess master and part of the Turkmenistan National Chess Team. Picture: Polly Hancock

Archant

Chess champions, poker stars and some of the world’s leading brains have been meeting for a week-long “mind games” festival this week at the JW3 in Finchley Road.

The annual Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO), which was created by renowned chess master and artificial intelligence expert David Levy in 1997, started last weekend and involves some 60 different competitions with cash prizes.

This includes different variations of chess, poker and Scrabble as well as other lesser-known challenges including strategy game quoridor, “Japanese chess” shogi and stratego.

Attending this year is Paul Erdunast, the current world champion of 1980s computer game Tetris, Demis Hassadis, a British neuroscientist who in January sold his DeepMind artificial intelligence company to Google for a reported £400million, and Ben Pridmore, who won the memory competition by memorising four decks of cards in 15 minutes.

Etan Ilfeld, the MSO cheif organiser who lives in Soho, said: “We’ve had record numbers turn up this year and the JW3 has been a great venue.

“It’s all about spreading the love of board games and creating an event that can champion the best minds out there.”

The competition concludes on Monday. For more information, visit msoworld.com.with the grand final of Chinese strategy game Go this Sunday (August 24).

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

48 minutes ago
Fitzjohn's headteacher Rob Earrey said he had told the CPS of his holiday. Picture: Nigel Sutton

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has apologised to a headteacher after shambolic blunders led to the collapse of a case concerning the theft of £4,600 worth of iPads at a Hampstead primary school.

14:07
Boz Burbridge was jailed for seven years for conspiracy to commit robbery

Two men from Camden have been jailed for a total of 19 years for their part in a smash-and-grab robbery at a high-end City jewellers.

08:00
Henrique Coceicao walked free from court yesterday. Picture: Polly Hancock

A man charged with stealing £4,600 worth of iPads from a primary school has walked free from court smiling after events which saw a headteacher fail to turn up to give key evidence – because he was holidaying in Sri Lanka.

07:00
What the UCL Institute would look like. Picture: HayesDavidson

A £42million project, backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, to build a world-leading centre helping to find cures for cancer and AIDS in the heart of Hampstead hangs in the balance after a planning blunder from Camden Council.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder