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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.

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MSO Champions

2015Ricardo GomesPortugalWorld Champion
2014Mathew J. CordellEnglandWorld Champion
2013Maureen HironEnglandWorld Champion
2012Tony NiccoliItalyWorld Champion
2011David M. PearceEnglandWorld Champion
2010Matthew HathrellEnglandWorld Champion
2009Matthew HathrellEnglandWorld Champion
2008Mathew J. CordellEnglandWorld Champion
2007Mathew J. CordellEnglandWorld Champion
2006Mathew J. CordellEnglandWorld Champion
2005Mathew J. CordellEnglandWorld Champion
2004Victoria WestnedgeEnglandWorld Champion
2003Mathew J. CordellEnglandWorld Champion
2002Dario De ToffoliItalyWorld Champion
2001Jan PalmgrenSwedenWorld Champion
2000George HassabisEnglandWorld Champion
1999Tony NiccoliItalyWorld Champion
1998Demis HassabisEnglandWorld Champion
1997Osamu OmoderaJapanWorld Champion

Full results for Continuo can be found here.

MSO Ranked Players at Continuo

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