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MSO XV Day 2
The second day at the Mind Sports Olympiad was the only day that did not see a World Champion title decided. However, it did feature some of the more popular competitions.
The scrabble was again one of the best attended events in numbers (not nationalities) at the MSO, not surprising as one of the few games to be advertised directly.
The scrabble was eventually won by Nick Ascroft (England), Silver and Bronze went to England to Philip Nelkon and Rick kennedy respectively.
Settlers of Catan
Settlers has always been one of the favourites for players to wind down to after a long day of competition and so the field attracted many strong games all-rounders.
The selection for the final table lead to some excitement with two players on an identical score including tiebreak. In the end the decision as to who would complete the top table was decided by the roll of the dice. Alan Farrell had allowed the tournament conditions to get to him when on his final turn of the round before he bought a development card which would have given him the winning 10 victory points but he forgot to look. To add to his ignomy he lost the longest road and the dice roll for top table.
The eventual winner did not want to play top table on the last round and so have no chance at the gold medal. However, Kenny Ho had no choice after rolling the higher number and took the gold for Honk Kong despite starting the round in joint 4th place. Etan Ilfeld was Silver and Matthew Hathrell took bronze.
The second day was one of the busiest on the timetable. The Bashim Durdyyev, Silver - Amangul Berdiyeva and Bronze - Maksat Durdyev.
The Xiangqi (chinese chess) was a small field and Gold went to Paul Byway (England), Silver Martyn Hamer (England) and Bronze Poker 7 Card Stud (pot limit) went to the MSO founder David Levy. Dario De Toffoli the 2008 Amateur Poker World Champion took the Silver and Mike Dixon took the bronze.
Both Cribbage events were won by MSO regulars who have been at all 15 MSOs. The pairs was won by Bharat Thakrar and Josef Kollar, Silver and bronze both went to Wales for David Jameson and Wynn Davies.
Tomorrow sees the start of the Abstract games and many more events too.