There are at least two rival "World Championship" tournaments, one based in the UK and one in Germany.
The German one, centred on districts in the Ruhr valley, has been running annually since 1984.
Some 200 competitors have taken part over that period. The venue varies, as it is customary for the winner
of each event to host the next year's in their home town, and players come from all over the country. When I attended
the one held in Ratingen in 2011 there was an entry list of forty-eight. (My excuse for coming 46th
is that the group was then still using the 1978 Ravensburger board, to which I am no longer accustomed.) The whole event
was a wonderful social occasion, the play sessions being interspersed with entertainments including talks, songs and
general merry-making. A prominent young member of the play group is the multi-talented musician Tobias Krüger,
under the name MrTobiTill, and some of whose videos can be seen on YouTube - see, for example,
The UK tournament is held annually as part of the
Mind Sports Olympiad, initiated in 1997. There was a tournament
in its first year, followed by a gap of nine years. The recorded winners are:
2018: Mike Hornung (England); (JUNIOR:) Gorg-Romet Topkin (Estonia)
2017: Andres Kuusk (Estonia)
2016: Dario De Toffoli/Mike Dixon (tied)
2015: James Heppell (England)
2014: Matthew Hathrell (England)
2013: Andres Kuusk (Estonia)
2012: Mike Dixon (England)
2011: Tige Nnando (England)
2010: Dario De Toffoli (Italy)
2009: David M. Pearce (England)
2008: Tige Nnando (England)
2007: David M. Pearce (England)
1997: Chris Dickson (England)
Mind Sports Olympiad 2018 Tournament
Mind Sports Olympiad took place
again at JW3 in London from August 19 to 27, 2018 and the Hare & Tortoise World Championship
from 6.45pm on Sunday 19th. For the latest tournament rules see ht-mso.html.
They have been revised to obviate some irregularities that occurred in 2017 and to ensure that all
four games, and the whole tournament, finish by 10.10pm at the latest. Which it did!