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MSO XV Day 3
The third day of the MSO and Pentamind World Championships was most notable for the arrival of defending Pentamind World Champion Paco Garcia De La Banda. Paco took three medals for Spain in three events to ensure that the other competitors took notice.
Lines of Action World Championship
The Lines of Action (LOA) World Championship also indicated the start of the Modern Abstract Games World Championship.
The change in format meant that there was longer clock time available per match and also that the LOA was two sessions rather than one. Tim Hebbes had declared his determination to regain the LOA crown and triumphed in the critical match again the defending World Champion Andres Kuusk.
The gold medal deciding match.
The long overdue return of a Oware tournament. There was a slight delay in deciding how the tournament rules should work with regard to clocks, but after this the tournament ran smoothly.
Blokus is a recent addition to the MSO now in its third year. It was clear from the conversation in the room that many of the players had been parctising online having used the link from the MSO game page. The multiplayer format meant that there were some unexpected outcomes but the overall winner was no surprise with Mike Dixon retaining his title and becoming an MSO grandmaster. Second was Matthew Hathrell with his second medal of the day and also with his second medal was Paco Garcia De La Banda in bronze medal position.
Blokus being played.
5 card Draw
The final event of the day was 5 card single draw poker with an unusual format with only antes this year took some players by surprise. The gold went to Paco Garcia De La Banda and Tige Nnando took silver and Peter Horlock took bronze.
Tomorrow sees the abstract games continue with two more world championships and the exciting chess fischer random plus backgammon, draughts/checkers and poker.