Authors

Scrabble

Natalie Zolty
Expertise Scrabble
I have been playing Scrabble since the end of 2012. My Scrabble career highlight was in January 2016, when I beat Nigel Richards (not that I like to mention it – much!) I am based in Solihull with my partner and son. I am very excited about being part of the Mindsports Academy education programme and helping to put UK youth Scrabble firmly on the map.
José Luis Rodríguez Barroso
Expertise Scrabble
En scrabble competitivo desde 1997..., apoyando el movimiento local en Venezuela y a la FISE desde su inicios: ¡estoy a sus órdenes!. ¡Un gran abrazo!
Brett Smitheram
Expertise Scrabble
Brett has been playing competitive tournament Scrabble for 20 years, having won most of the major UK titles and enjoying success on the global stage, ranking at or around the very top in the world for almost 15 years. He has contributed to a number of books and articles on the subject of Scrabble, as well as appearing regularly in the media (he was even a question on Have I Got News for You!) Brett is the reigning World Scrabble Champion, having won the title in a straight 3-0 victory in the 2016 final in Lille, France, and is the MSI Scrabble Ambassador. He’s already preparing to successfully defend his title and continues to strive to play the perfect game every time.
Daniel Stembridge
Expertise Scrabble
Daniel Stembridge describes his age as "44 of your puny Earth years". He does not reveal what planet he hails from though it is suspected that Scrabble must be played there due to his clear liking for the game. He currently resides on the third rock from the sun in Lancashire, England - not too far from the Lake District, where he can often be found struggling up mountains, across bogs, looking bewildered in fields, and moaning about how far away the nearest pub is. In 2013, he co-founded the Facebook Scrabble League, and is a former Editor of OnBoard, the magazine for British Scrabble Players. He is married, and has two young children.
Ganesh Asirvatham
Expertise Scrabble
Ganesh Asirvatham has been playing Scrabble since he was 12. With a career spanning 17 years, Ganesh had achieved success in in Malaysia and has won numerous titles including a record breaking 5 national titles. Ganesh represented Malaysia in 5 World Scrabble Championships and was a finalist in the 2007 edition. His love affair has seen him take a more active role in Scrabble and was instrumental in initiating the Scrabble to Schools programme that saw hundreds of Malaysian students participate in local tournaments. He was also part of the organizing team of the 2003 World Scrabble Championship which was held in Malaysia. Ganesh has been tournament director for a number of events and had a successful outing as the tournament director of the 2013 Penang International Scrabble Open. Most recently he was the Tournament Director at the 2016 World Scrabble Championships in Lille, France. Ganesh is the Chairman of the WMSF driving the growth and development of Scrabble worldwide.
Bob Lynch
Expertise Scrabble
Bob has played Scrabble since he was five-years-old and Chess since he was seven. His parents raised him using cognitive games as parenting and education tools. Bob was introduced to Magic in September of 1993, and that has been his game of choice ever since. Though he did enjoy a professional Magic career for a short period, Bob prefers the educational and social aspects of cognitive games. He has started multiple gaming clubs which include Magic, Chess, Scrabble, and others in several secondary and higher education institutions. Bob received his Doctoral degree from Lindenwood University. His dissertation is titled Higher Education Perspectives: Magic the Gathering’s Role in Whole-Person, Academic, and Career Development.

Chess

Mateusz Kolosowski
Expertise Chess
Hi, I'm a chess International Master from Poland. I have experience in coaching people from over 20 countries. You may find quite a few videos I recorded or articles I wrote for MindSports Academy. I hope you'll like them. Apart from playing and introducing chess to new people I study law. I love travelling and meeting new people so feel free to contact me :)
Bob Lynch
Expertise Chess
Bob has played Scrabble since he was five-years-old and Chess since he was seven. His parents raised him using cognitive games as parenting and education tools. Bob was introduced to Magic in September of 1993, and that has been his game of choice ever since. Though he did enjoy a professional Magic career for a short period, Bob prefers the educational and social aspects of cognitive games. He has started multiple gaming clubs which include Magic, Chess, Scrabble, and others in several secondary and higher education institutions. Bob received his Doctoral degree from Lindenwood University. His dissertation is titled Higher Education Perspectives: Magic the Gathering’s Role in Whole-Person, Academic, and Career Development.

Go

Shawn Ray
Expertise Go
Shawn Ray is an avid Go instructor who seeks to spread Go throughout the West. He has been playing Go for over 9 years and is 4th Dan is strength. Shawn has taught many players online and on the popular site Youtube with thousands of subscribers and even more views. Additionally, he has worked for BadukTV (Go TV station) in South Korea to make beginner level videos. While working with MSA he hopes to spread Go even more in the West in order to make it a house hold game.
Bob Lynch
Expertise Go
Bob has played Scrabble since he was five-years-old and Chess since he was seven. His parents raised him using cognitive games as parenting and education tools. Bob was introduced to Magic in September of 1993, and that has been his game of choice ever since. Though he did enjoy a professional Magic career for a short period, Bob prefers the educational and social aspects of cognitive games. He has started multiple gaming clubs which include Magic, Chess, Scrabble, and others in several secondary and higher education institutions. Bob received his Doctoral degree from Lindenwood University. His dissertation is titled Higher Education Perspectives: Magic the Gathering’s Role in Whole-Person, Academic, and Career Development.

Magic

Travis Woo
Expertise Magic
Travis Wizard (Travis Woo) would like to help Magic: the Gathering players think and feel better. He builds innovative competitive decks and has had success on the Pro Tour and Grand Prix Circuits. He has written strategy for a number of sites, entertains on youtube, and now promotes Mindsports Academy.
Trey Van Cleave
Expertise Magic
MAGIC: the GATHERING EXPERT. Introduced to the game in 1994, I have been to to the top of the competitive mountain and back again. After a recent qualification for PT Sydney and RPTQ invite for PT Honolulu let's see how far back up I can climb. Follow my prep, testing and progress on MSA starting with my current game plan moving forward
Léo Moudou
Expertise Magic
Léo, best known as Moudou, is a French tournament grinder. He loves Modern, Vintage, Standard and Legacy, sucks at Limited and despises Commander, and in wait for good results, he is better known for being one of the most proficient bloggers in France. After writing articles for several websites, he now goes global and promotes MSA.
Josh Kaufman
Expertise Magic
Considers himself best in the world only behind CM Punk. Josh has been collecting MTG and playing it since his first box of Alpha. He has multiple pro-tour appearances and currently uses his background in finance to speculate on the MTG Market, using it to not only make tickets, but also predict the metagame.
Abbie Deleval
Expertise Magic
Your friendly Local Game Store employee. Magic fangirl. Green mage. Secret Blue mage. Social media Queen. Unhealthy obsession with Gaea’s Revenge. Professional TO and a “Baby Judge”. Exactly one month older than Magic. She loves community building and bringing new players into the game. Although she has only been playing since Origins, she has played every day since!
Sandra Regalado
Expertise Magic
Sandra Regalado is a level 3 judge from Spain; She has judged a lot of competitive and professional events, including several Grand Prix and Pro Tours. She is an expert on Rules & Mechanics and has been prolific writer both for websites and written magazines.
Miguel Calvo
Expertise Magic
Miguel Calvo has been playing Magic since 1994, more than half of his life! He has been involved at every possible role within the community: from Player to Magazine Director and moxes.com Webmaster, including Judge and Tournament Organizer.
David Murphy
Expertise Magic
David is a streamer and magic grinder from Dublin Ireland. He has been playing since Scourge but only started to stream and create content last year. Davids goal is to make it onto the pro tour and create magic content professionally. Through his articles and his videos David wants to share his playing experience and growth as a player with you. Check out his work to see his journey to the pro tour.
AJ Sacher
Expertise Magic
AJ Sacher is a Magic writer, caster, streamer, video-maker, and player known for his theory and analysis. He has two Grand Prix Top 8s and 15 SCGO Top 8s with two wins.
Lee Murphy
Expertise Magic
Bob Lynch
Expertise Magic
Bob has played Scrabble since he was five-years-old and Chess since he was seven. His parents raised him using cognitive games as parenting and education tools. Bob was introduced to Magic in September of 1993, and that has been his game of choice ever since. Though he did enjoy a professional Magic career for a short period, Bob prefers the educational and social aspects of cognitive games. He has started multiple gaming clubs which include Magic, Chess, Scrabble, and others in several secondary and higher education institutions. Bob received his Doctoral degree from Lindenwood University. His dissertation is titled Higher Education Perspectives: Magic the Gathering’s Role in Whole-Person, Academic, and Career Development.

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