TOURNAMENT RULES FOR THE
21st Mind Sports Olympiad
Wednesday 23 August 2017

  1. The tournament will consist of three games lasting not more than 45 minutes each.
  2. Players will be allocated to as many tables of four as possible and as few of three as necessary.
  3. Before each round all the players will be arranged in ranking order. For the first round the order will be random. In subsequent rounds they will be ranked in descending order of total match points, with ties broken by carrot-count (fewer = better)..
  4. Starting at the top of the ranked list the first four will be allocated to table 1, the next four to table 2, and so on. If and when 3, 6 or 9 players remain they will be similarly allocated to tables of three.
  5. At each table the lowest-ranked player will play first, then the next lowest, and so on, the highest-ranked playing last.
  6. Once a game has been officially started any player who arrives late may join in upon arrival regardless of how many moves have already been made. A player who is the only one present at the official start must wait five minutes, but if then still alone will be declared the winner with no play and no penalty for unused carrots.
  7. Any player joining the tournament part way through will start with 0 match points and 0 carrots and be inserted in the ranking order accordingly. (Thus they will be above any players who have come last in all their games so far and below everyone else.)
  8. Any player leaving the tournament before the end will be ranked on their score at the moment of leaving. They will not be allowed to return to the tournament later.
  9. Games will not be played against the clock but on appeal the tournament director may demand a player either move within one minute or start again (with 65 carrots but without replacing used lettuces).
  10. Rules of play will be exactly as printed in the published rule sheet. In case of conflicting interpretations the tournament director's decision will be final.
  11. A game ends as soon as all players but one have reached home and the remaining player has made one more move (to reduce the penalty of carrots left in hand).
  12. First home scores 4 points, second 2, third (at a 4-player table) 1, fourth (or third at a 3-player table) 0. If anyone fails to reach home within the allotted time points will be awarded on relative final positions.
  13. Tie-breaks will be made on the basis of carrots remaining (fewer = better; each lettuce counts 10 carrots). If still equal, normal MSO tie-breaking rule applies (the board played on in the final round).
  14. Mobile phone warning. Any player whose mobile phone makes a sound during play will lose their game without redress.

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