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Continuo is a game designed by Maureen Hiron. This makes a great game for children but still has a lot of potential for competition. Through counting which tiles are remaining and thinking ahead all of your opponents possible responses it becomes an intriguing game of skill. Much more is needed than just the problem of finding the highest scoring single move. Continuo is a game of four colours where it is necessary to spot chains so be warned good eyesight is required more so than even for Hexago.


To start the game of continuo first the tiles need to be well shuffled. Then the tiles are dealt into two equal piles 21 cards in each. You take the top card from each pile and as in a normal turn you then place the tiles in the middle of the board so that the highest score can be made. If the total is equal the player who starts gets to chose the alignment. They must be touching. Each player then takes three cards which are left face up and cannot be touched by the player once they have been placed without the touch move rule coming into effect. Rotation is allowed when it is not your turn. At the start of their turn the player takes a card off the top of their pile and adds it to their hand. Then the player has to place the tile of their choice from their hand so that at least one of the small squares' edges is aligned with an edge that is already down. The player then scores a point for the length of each chain that they have made. A chain is horizontally and vertically touching little squares with the length being determined by the number of squares in the chain. Once the piece is played, the player who played the piece declares the score. There are two ways to do the scoring either each player keeps their own record. Or, if agreed before hand one player writes down the scores stopping the clock after every move. If a player runs out of time the other player can continue to play his own cards as normal until he has run out of cards.

You can find out about opportunities to play Continuo live at the timetable. Please report any external links that have broken or have changed to contain inappropriate material. More information about how tournament play works can be found in clocks and in MSO rules.

MSO Continuo Champions

2012 Tony Niccoli Italy World Champion
2011 David Pearce England World Champion
2010 Matthew Hathrell United Kingdom World Champion
2009 Matthew Hathrell England World Champion
2008 Mathew Cordell England World Champion
2007 Mathew Cordell England World Champion
2006 Mathew Cordell England World Champion
2005 Mathew Cordell England World Champion
2004 Victoria Westnedge England World Champion
2003 Mathew Cordell England World Champion
2002 Dario De Toffoli Italy World Champion
2001 Jan Palmgren Sweden World Champion
2000 George Hassabis England World Champion
1999 Tony Niccoli Italy World Champion
1998 Demis Hassabis England World Champion
1997 Osamu Omodera Japan World Champion

Full results and other winners can be found in Results.

MSO Continuo Ranked Players:


  Dario De Toffoli, Mathew Cordell, Mathew Hathrell


  David Pearce, Demis Hassabis, Jan Stastna, Tony Niccoli, Victoria Westnedge



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