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MSO XV Day 6

Day 6 of the MSO saw David Pearce trying to replicate the other two pentamind medallists from last year and win three medals in a day this year.

Mental Calculations World Championships

Unquestionably one of the toughest events in the MSO is the mental calculations. It is known to be so tough that you can see your hair falling out during the competition. In the past, the winning score has been 100%. This year the paper was much harder and resulted in no-one scoring above 50%. However, one thing seemed very familiar and that was the finishing order of the players.

Gert Mittring, yet again won the gold medal for Germany closely followed by George Lane (England). The bronze went to Andrew Robertshaw from Wales. Commiserations must go out to Mathew Cordell who had finished 4th in every single Mental Calculations World Championship before this and finished 4th again in 2011.

Boku World Championship

Boku: Andres Kuusk (Estonia) became World Champion from his consistancy throughout the event. David Pearce was unable to retain his title and took silver. Bronze went to South Africa's Alain Dekker.

Decamenathlon World Championship

The The Decamentathlon had taken everyone but the organisers' by surprise this year. The introduction of Sudoku and Crossword sections in place of traditional games was disappointing from a game perspective making the event closer to an intelligence competition with language bias than its original intention. However, there were no real upsets in the results with Gold going to England's Mathew Cordell, Silver went to South Africa's Alain Dekker and England's Martyn Hamer took the bronze.

Twixt World Championship

The MSO Twixt had not been a world championships for a decade. There were several big names missing from the event and this was coupled with a further upset. David Pearce took the gold ahead of the favourite Bharat Thakrar in Silver. The bronze was won, after a strong performance, by Mike Dixon

Other Events

Othello was won by England's Roy Arnold, Silver went to Italy's Riccardo Gueci and bronze was claimed by Saparmurat Atabayev, Silver Gurbangeldi Amngeldi and Bronze Igor Atayev.

The day ended with the London Lowball poker. David Jameson was pleased to get one over on David M. Pearce in the heads-up when he won the Gold to Pearce's Silver. The Bronze went to England's Peter Watts.

Today, had seen Andres Kuusk take a big lead in the Pentamind but the past has shown that no score is safe until the event is over. Tomorrow sees the Texas hold'em in the poker.