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Our Aim

 

To promote intellectual games to the NUS Community and provide a fun learning environment for both beginners and advanced players to exchange strategies and improve one’s intellectual games skills.

 

 

Our History

 

IGC started as a Reversi Club in August 2007 by a group of chess enthusiasts. The club was renamed NUS Chess Club, and subsequently NUS Intellectual Games Club in August 2008, preceding its inclusion as a sub-club under NUS Student’s Sports Club. Our recreational club now plays the following 5 board games: Contract Bridge, Chinese Chess, International Chess, Reversi (Othello) and Weiqi (Go).

 

 

Our Games

 

Contract Bridge (Bridge)

Contract bridge is a trick-taking game using a standard deck of 52 playing cards. It is played by four players in two competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite each other around a table. Millions of people play bridge worldwide in clubs, tournaments, online and with friends at home, making it one of the world's most popular card games.

 

Chinese Chess

This game is a battle of wits between two armies. To achieve victory, you need to have patience, composure and serious tactical thinking among many other great qualities that a person desires. Are you ready to transform yourself into a smarter person? Make the first step and learn this game because you’ll benefit from it for a life time.

 

International Chess (Chess)

Chess is a competitive recreation for two players. Being one of the world's most popular game, chess is played by millions worldwide. Chess engages the mind, excites the heart and enriches the soul. A mere 64 squares can bring about an approximate 10123 unique combinations. "To see the infinity within the finite, that's beauty." ~ Louis Chin, 2007.

 

Reversi (Othello)

One famous sentence says it all “A minute to learn, a lifetime to master”. Othello is an abstract, two-player strategy game played on an 8x8, 64-square board. The objective is to end the game with more discs of your own colour face up. Othello is a far more complex game than most players realize and it can be both frustrating and rewarding at the same time. Many moves are counter-intuitive; strategies such as flipping the greatest number of discs at the start and/or occupying the four corner squares are pure misconceptions and do not guarantee a win. Control, mobility, sacrifices, tactics, tempo... are all part of Othello.

 

Weiqi (Go)

Weiqi uses the most elemental concepts -- line and circle, black and white -- combining them with simple rules to generate subtle strategies and complex tactics that stagger the imagination. As Edward Lasker, a chess grandmaster and one of the first westerners to discover weiqi observed, "Weiqi is something unearthly . . . If there are sentient beings on other planets, then they play Weiqi." Weiqi is unique among mind sports as it uses both the left and right brain, to excel requires not only logic, but also imagination. Computers, which excel at the former, have defeated world champions of chess, and yet, lacking the latter, are easily vanquished by amateur weiqi players with less than two years of experience.