A Close Look At The Mind Sports Olympiad With Etan Ilfeld
Mind Sports Olympiad – A Different Kind Of Sporting Event
You may be wondering, what is the Mind Sports Olympiad?
The Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) is a series of events where people with great minds compete against each other in challenges that test the most significant muscle humans have, the brain.
You could equate MSO to the Olympics, where you encounter mind athletes competing for the gold and glory. The original creatores were David Levy, Tony Buzan and Ray Keene in 1997.
SafestBettingSites prides itself on covering all kinds of sporting events. With such a unique approach, we decided to interview the current director of the Olympiad, Etan Ilfeld.
Basic Olympiad Information You Should Know
The MSO is a yearly event, taking place in August and lasts about eight days.
There are over 50 events within the MSO. You can find these events in Men’s, Women’s, and even Junior categories. Some of the main events include:
- Pentamind World Championship
- Eurogames World Championship
- Chess Diving World Championship
- Settlers of Catan Olympiad Championship
- Mental Calculations World Championship
- Mastermind Olympiad Championship
Now that you have a basic scope of what the Mind Sports Olympiad has to offer, let’s see what answers Etan has for us.
What makes MSO such an interesting series of events to participate in or even watch?
What is the biggest event of the MSO? What makes it the biggest?
There are over 50 different events in the MSO, which would you consider to be the most difficult for contestants?
The different variety of chess games were interesting, what was the idea behind these?
Do you think the events in the MSO could be considered to be part of the “sports” world? Why?
How competitive can these events become?
It is an “Olympiad,” do you see these types of mind games making it into regular sporting events, like in the Olympics?
Where do you see the MSO in another 10 years?
Can you tell us about your latest book, Duchamp Versus Einstein?
Duchamp Versus Einstein spans some of the most monumental events of the first half of the 20th century and brings together two transformative figures of the era in art and science for a surreal chess match that reshapes history.
Both Duchamp and Einstein played chess. Duchamp’s first wife was so jealous of his passion for chess that she glued his chess pieces to the board, which made him precipitated the end of their short-lived marriage.
Einstein played chess with his first wife, Mileva Maric, who was also a physicist. It’s a lot of fun and takes place in New York, Paris, Bern, Princeton, and Buenos Aires.
It’s just come out and is available on Amazon and Kindle.