The 15th Portuguese Tournament of Mathematical Games
During March 29, 2019, around 2000 students (aging 7 to 17) from all Portugal joined at Maia near Porto to play six different abstract games. The event was organized locally by school EB23 Pedrouços, namely by Paula Madeira, Cláudia Rodrigues, Rui Miranda, Mário Oliveira, Helena Pinto, Paula Forte e Júlio Guimarães. More information here.
The event occurred at EB23 Pedrouços:
The tournament during the morning!
The Portuguese Tournament of Mathematical Games started months before in several hundreds of schools, scattered thru all Portugal, with local tournaments to find what students were the best players.
The games were the following:
- Traffic Lights - the 3x4 variant from Alan Parr's original game
- Cats & Dogs - A 1970s game from Simon Norton
- Slimetrail - the Bill Taylor's 7x7 square variant for faster plays during the tournament.
- Breakthrough - The Dan Troyka game, winner of the 2001 8x8 Game Design Competition
- Product - Nick Bentley's game with some adaptations
- Atari-Go - A variant of Go where the player that makes the first capture, wins.
The games were divided by students' age:
- First cycle (7-10 years) students played Traffic Lights, Cats & Dogs or Slimetrail
- Second Cycle (10-12 years) students played Cats & Dogs, Slimetrail or Product
- Third Cycle (12-15 years) students played Slimetrail, Product or Breakthrough
- Secondary (15-17 years) students played Product, Breakthrough or Atari Go
This meant 12 independent tournaments (a tournament per age per game). More information can be found at ludicum.org (in Portuguese).
During the tournament
The best student of each tournament was selected to the afternoon's final. This last tournament decided the winners.
1º Ciclo Semáforo 1 Afonso Araújo, EB Vila Frescaínha S. Pedro 2 Tiago, Escola Bás. de Pedome 3 Francisco Rosa, EB1 Foros da Craveiras Norte 1º Ciclo Gatos e Cães 1 Rúben Cordeiro, Centro Esc. de Foros de Salvaterra e Várzea Fresca 2 Manuel Costa, Escola nº2 de Abrantes 3 Rafael Venâncio, EB1/JI Sobral Monte Agraço e Santo Quintino 1º Ciclo Rastros 1 João Gonçalves, EB1/PE/C Eng.ª Luís Santos Costa 2 Francisco Almeida, Colégio de São João de Brito 3 Mateus Amâncio, Agrup. de Escolas Dr. Carlos Pinto Ferreira 2º Ciclo Gatos e Cães 1 Nuno Mateus, EB Roque Gameiro 2 Rodrigo Pinela, Colégio St. Peter´s School 3 Daniel Barroso, Escola Bás. 2,3 de Távora Santa Maria 2º Ciclo Rastros 1 João Casalta, Colégio do Ave 2 Francisco Maio, Escola Bás. de Matosinhos 3 Leonardo Carvalho, EB23 Frei Caetano Brandão 2º Ciclo Produto 1 Inês Braga, Escola Bás. 2,3/S de Arcos de Valdevez 2 Miguel, Escola Bás. e Sec. D. Filipa de Lencastre 3 Lucas Macedo, EB António Correia de Oliveira 3º Ciclo Rastros 1 Francisco Sousa, Colégio de São João de Brito 2 Bruna Godinho, Escola Sec. Dr. Manuel Fernandes - Abrantes 3 Joaquim Neves, Colégio de Santa Maria 3º Ciclo Produto 1 Simão Ferreira, AE José Estêvão 2 Lichen Jiang, PaRK IS 3 Tiago Antunes, Colégio do Vale 3º Ciclo Avanço 1 Simão Moreira, Escola Bás. e Sec. D. Filipa de Lencastre 2 Márcio Araújo, Escola E.B. 2/3 D. Afonso Henriques 3 Eduardo Reis, Escola Sec. de São Lourenço - Portalegre Secundário Produto 1 Miguel Braga, Escola Bás. 2,3/S de Arcos de Valdevez 2 Liang Chen, Esc. Sec. Ferreira Dias 3 Diogo Couto, EBS de Penalva do Castelo Secundário Avanço 1 Xiang Guo, Escola Sec. Dr. Joaquim de Carvalho 2 Tiago Lopes, Agrup. de escolas Francisco de Holanda 3 Miguel Primo, Escola Sec. Raul Proença Secundário Atari-Go 1 Said, Escola Sec. da Amadora 2 Nuno Silva, Colégio de São João de Brito 3 Luis Silva, Escola Sec. de Maximinos
We wish to thank all the organizations that made this possible and also the wonderful people that work really hard to make this possible. Also, to the usual suspects: Alda Carvalho, Ana Fraga, Carlos Santos, João Pedro Neto, Jorge Nuno Silva, Luís Malheiro, Teresa Santos and all the great professors and assistants that volunteer to help us with this wonderful event. A special thanks to Carlota Brazileiro for her tireless work helping low-vision and blind students playing these great games!
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