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    This is an event open to both adults and juniors alike. Practice your live poker and you may even get to call yourself the Amateur World Champion.

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    MSO Mensa Connections Tournament 2012 Details

    Mensa Connections Olympiad Championships
    Thursday 23rd August 14:15-18:00
    Arbiter/OrganiserAndrew Havery
    ULU - 2ND Floor
    Movement:Random and Final Table
    Players per boardTwo
    Clocks:15 Minutes per player
    Game Page:Mensa Connections
    Rules download:Mensa Connections Tournament Rules
    Latest update:16th August 17:00

    Victory Points

    The positions are determined by the highest backmost colour, if this is tied then the 2nd highest is used until all 6 colours have been used. If players are still tied VPs are split.



    The tournament movement can be changed before the commencement of play at the organiser descretion. No match with the exception of a play-off match may start outside of the scheduled time without extrordinary circumstances.

    Before the final round random drawn rounds with minimum overlap followed by Final table with Gold being the player with the highest VP.

    The top four players will progress to the final table using the tie-break criteria to decide who progresses in the case of a tie. If there still is no split a random event such as the highest die roll will progress to the final table.

    Tie-break for 2012 tournament

    Tie-breaks are only used to decide the medals and do not apply to multi-event games using pentamind points or to prize moies which are split between the players.

    1. Result between tied players is used.
    2. If players are still tied after 1. then the sum of difference of backmost colours to winner of round

    General Tournament Rules

    Any player should feel free to call the arbiter at any stage when they are unsure how to proceed or need a ruling. The clock should be stopped until the arbiter makes a ruling.

    A player can appeal an arbiter's ruling by calling the senior arbiter or requesting that the arbiter do so.

    The senior arbiter's decision is final and can supersede the game and tournament rules if it is deemed such rules are not in accordance with the precepts of fairness.

    Smoking is prohibited in all MSO events and under UK law. Mobile phones must be switched off in the playing areas when play is in progress. Any breech of this causing a disturbance will incur a minimum of a warning followed by

    Tournament rules

    These rules assume players maintain good games etiquette and sportmanship failure to do so may result in penalties beyond what is stated in these concise rules:
    Mensa Connections rules

    Protocol for calling the arbiter

    Any person may report an irregularity to the arbiter or senior arbiter when not disrupting play.

    Normally protocol won't be required when calling the arbiter but in cases where there is a significant dispute protocol should be observed by the players and spectators:

    • The person calling the arbiter should speak first and make his/her case themselves without interuption from any player or spectator.
    • Next any accused party or affected players speak if more than one the order is chosen by the arbiter.
    • The arbiter can then choose to consult any other person before making a ruling.
    • People should wait to be asked before speaking.

    All non-players including coaches or parents have the status of spectators during play. The only exception is when acting as translators.