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MSO XV Day 4
Day's 4 of the 15th Mind Sports Olympiad story was one of the all-rounders setting there mark. With last year's pentamind silver medallist Andres Kuusk taking 2 outright golds. A feat matched by David Pearce in his defence of the Abstract games world championship
The next draughts event was suicide/give-away checkers. But those who had lost in the morning event soon had there hopes dashed in the afternoon as the top players showed they knew how to be good losers by winning. Gold went to Tony Boyle (England), Silver to Andres Kuusk (Estonia) and Bronze went to David Kotin (Czech Republic)
Kamisado World Championship
When the first world championships for a game is held it can often lead to some unexpected results. Kamisado was no exception with a three way tie for the bronze medal which could not be split. The Gold medal was comfortably won by David Pearce and the second surprise was that the inventor of the game, Peter Burley held on to claim the silver medal. It is a rare event for the inventor to be able to medal at his own game at the MSO even on the inaugural world championships. The 3 bronzes went to Bharat Thakrar, Mike Dixon and Matthew Hathrell.
The winner of the Fischer Random chess was also donated a modern four player chess variant.
Continuo World Championship
in 2010 the Continuo World Championships had not only been one of the smallest fields but also one of the strongest of all MSO events. It had resulted in a 4 way tiebreak for gold and the interpretation of the tiebreak could lead to any of 3 possible winners. This year was set to be just a tough competition as last year.
A refreshing change from having a Mat(t)hew from England as world champion until you ask what the M. in David m. Pearce stands for. Which is Matthew! Plus ca change c'est la meme chose.
Not to be outdone by Paco's performance from yesterday Andres ended the day with another gold medal when he won the poker - Canadian Stud for the second year running. Silver went to Martyn Hamer (England) and Bronze to Andrew Havery (England).
The other event of the day was backgammon won by a familiar face the 2002 Pentamind World Champion Dario De Toffoli (Italy), silver went to Steve Rimmer (England) and Bronze went to Andrew Guthrie (England).
Tomorrow features the Entropy World Championship traditionally one of the most coveted medals at the MSO.