The Mind Sports Olympiad is now two weeks away. This year there is a £500 prize for the Pentamind Championship in addition to the prestige.
Okay, the Mind Sports Olympiad is not the Olympic Games, there will be no grand opening ceremony, but by the same token there will be no TSA style security, nor bottled water at £1.60 and fish and chips at £8 a serving. The cafeteria will have very reasonable prices, ditto the local shops and restaurants, and if you compete there will be no drug testing hysteria. No one will mind if you've taken a couple of pills for a headache the previous night, and if you turn up for one of the chess tournaments with a can of lager in your pocket, the worst you will get is a frown from the controller.
Best of all, there is no arduous training or qualifying; a modest fee will gain you entry to any of the tournaments, from backgammon and chess to entropy, hexdame and Mensa connections.
This will be the 16th year Tony Corfe and his team have run the event, most of which have been held in Central London.
You will find a retrospective of the Mind Sports Olympiad here.
Check out the MSO website for full details of how to enter, directions, and timetable.