UK’s Inaugural Mind Sports Festival To Be The First Of Many

PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom (September, 2013) - Cardiff's Millennium Stadium welcomed 500 of the UK's best and
upcoming Mind Sports enthusiasts over the weekend for the first Cardiff Mind Sports Festival, also a first for the UK. 

Hosted from Friday to Sunday; events included the National Scrabble Championships semi-final and a team Magic: The Gathering event which saw close to 200 players fill the venue's Millennium Suite.

Saturday's rapid play Chess tournament was taken by professional Chess trainer Timothy Kett.  Alex Bullen had a successful Chess weekend claiming prizes in all competitions he took part in, but it was Walter Braun who narrowly clinched the title of overall best Chess player.

WESPA Chairman Elie Dangoor proved a master of words on Saturday by taking the grand prize in the Scrabble Open, however the most heart-warming performance came from Myra Copleston, who at over 80 performed well in the weekend's Open Event.

The inaugural Magic: The Gathering (MTG) team sealed event featured Travelling Man Leeds against local heroes Firestorm Games in a final Modern Masters draft for the honour of bringing home a free draft to their store. Travelling Man Leeds won 5-2 and took home the trophy and title.

In the standard MTG event it was the swansong for a lot of old cards that will rotate out of standard.  Martin Swan however, piloted an unusual and innovative mono-black control strategy all the way to the final against Roo Fitzgerald's Bant Hexproof deck, taking the title and winning a free draft for his store, The Games Shop in Aldershot.

57 of the best Scrabble players that the UK has to offer took part in the National Championship semi-finals on the 14th and
15th September.  Allan Simmons and former champion, Paul Allan clinched the two coveted places that will now take them to London for the Championship final on November 3rd.

Outside of the competitive arenas TV show, Countdown's team were on-site on the Saturday to hold Open Auditions.  Mind Sports (International) ambassador and Countdown presenter Rachel Riley hosted the event on the Sunday, providing commentary on some of the events.  Collins, publisher of the official Scrabble wordlist and the Collins English dictionary, was also present with a selection
of their Scrabble books range. 

CEO of Mind Sports (International), Dave Brannan commented, "It was great to see such high standards of gamesmanship and innovation of play amongst contestants and winners.  Enthusiasts from across all games at the Cardiff Mind Sports Festival got on
exceptionally well and we've already received some great feedback.  As the first UK festival of its kind, I'm very pleased with how the event has gone and look forward to bringing more Mind Sports Festivals to the UK as we help bring the community together."

For more details on the next events organised by Mind Sports (International) please visit: http://www.mindsportsfestivals.com



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