Mind Sports Olympiad: Dominoes

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Swiss pairings over 5 rounds of 1v1 matches. Standard MSO tie-breaks apply. The most basic domino variant is for two players and requires a double six set. The 28 tiles are shuffled face down and form the stock or boneyard. Each player draws seven tiles; the remainder are not used. Once the players begin drawing tiles, they are typically placed on-edge before the players, so that each player can see his own tiles, but none can see the value of other players’ tiles.

Every player can thus see how many tiles remain in the other players’ hands at all times during gameplay. One player begins by downing (playing the first tile) one of their tiles. This tile starts the line of play, a series of tiles in which adjacent tiles touch with matching, i.e. equal, values. The players alternately extend the line of play with one tile at one of its two ends. After a piece is played the player sums the numbers at the ends of the line. If the total is a multiple of 3 or 5 then the players scores points equal to the multiple. (E.g. 9=3x3=3points, 10=2x5=2 points, 15=3x5 and 5x3=8 points). You must play if you can. A hand is over when either both players pass consecutively or 1 player places their last tile.

All tiles are then shuffled and the next hand begins. A set ends when 1 player reaches 61 points. This total must be reached exactly. Each match is played best of 3, first to 61. The earliest mention of dominoes is from Song Dynasty China, found in the text Former Events in Wulin. Dominoes first appeared in Italy during the 18th century, and although it is unknown how Chinese dominoes developed into the modern game, it is speculated that Italian missionaries in China may have brought the game to Europe.

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