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

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

10:25
Members of the Heath swimming associations outside the Royal Courts of Justice. Picture: Polly Hancock

The Heath and Hampstead Society has lost its High Court battle against the controversial £15million ponds project.

Sophia Parvizi Wayne and Amber Van Dam campaign for mental health classes to be made compulsory in all schools. Picture: Polly Hancock

Two schoolgirls fighting to have mental health taught as part of the national curriculum have succeeded in their campaign.

12 minutes ago
Lorraine Chase and Peter Egan with Ira Moss (left) from charity All Dogs Matter at Burgh House 23.11.14. with the cake donated by supporter Ricky Gervais.

It was a busy day for dog rescue charity All Dogs Matter on Sunday.

12 minutes ago
Hillcrest residents stand united against the proposed development of their treasured estate. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Residents of a treasured Highgate estate have accused a “shameful and incompetent” Haringey Council of lying to them over plans to build more housing – after unearthing a hidden report suggesting that their homes could be demolished.

Most read news

The 38-year-old triggered a manhunt after two bodies were found at an address in Surrey.

The mayor is meant to be convincing Singapore to invest in London – but he clearly has a bigger plan.

Dave’s on the immigration back foot. So does his crackdown on migrant benefits ring true?

America is responsible for a lot of things – good and bad. The jury’s still out on Black Friday.

Digital Edition

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