LOA in the Sixth Mind
(reported by Fred Kok, Aug 19 2002)
This time MSO 6 was at the University of Loughborough near Leceister, England. The Loa WC had 10 participants.Title Defender Grandmaster Nicolas Koichi did not participate.
Fred Kok took his changes and regain his title with a score of 7 of
It started easy with a 6 out of 6 start but two defeats ,one against
Jan Hauglandt from Norway brought back the excitement. In the last
Fred won his game while Jan had an unfortune defeat but Jan was
with his silver (6 out of 9). The bronze was won by George Miller from
with 5 out of 9.
I noticed that 1.d1-b3 was more than ever met with 1..h5-f7. In 2001 mostly 1...a5-c7 was played.
The time limit was only 10 minutes so the weirdest things happened during the ever so difficult endgame.
LOA in the Fourth Mind Sports Olympiad
(reported by Fred Kok)
The MSO LOA tournament in 2000 had 22 players.
We played 7 rounds with a 30 minutes time limit, and "olympiad" rules; repetition of moves is allowed and is scored a draw. If the two players both have connected groups it is a draw too. Needless to say no draws were scored!
Many new talented players took part and collected the medals.
There was also a LOA computer tournament with very strong programs, already capable to beat the top LOA players.
(reported by Darse Billings) A treasure trove of pictures
from the event
LOA in the Third Mind
(reported by Lies Kok, 1999)
The 3 th world championship has been held with 18 contestants (compared to 4 in 1997 and 8 in 1998).
The world champion of 1998 and current no 1 on the Loa Internet standings, Hartmut Thordsen, lost two games on the first day, which gave Fred Kok a 2 point lead which Hartmut could not overtake; even by winning against Fred Kok in round 6.
Because Fred Kok won everything else the Gold returned to the 1997 winner.
The 1st prize was 300 pounds, the 2nd was 150 pounds, the 3rd was 50 pounds.
Fred Kok was awarded the grandmaster title by the MSO committee.
Ragnar Wikman was awarded the international master title.
Netherlands (GOLD) 7 - 8
2. E.Cali, France (SILVER) 6 - 8
3. G.Miller, England (BRONZE)
P.Smith, England 5 - 8
Junior prize : D.Tan, Malaysia
LOA in the Second Mind
(reported by Lies Kok, 1998)
The second World Championship Lines of Action has been held at the Mind sports Olympiad at London, Hammersmith. This time 8 players from various European countries played a very interesting tournament with a time limit of 30 minutes.
Last winner, Fred Kok and runner-up Ragnar Wikman had some pretty hard competition from two strong newcomers to the scene, Hartmut Thrordsen from Germany and Marc Tastet from France.
The title holder lost in the fist round to an outsider then won two hard-fought games against Marc Tastet (with only two stones against an overwhelming 10 opponents stones ) and Hartmut Thordsen. After 5 rounds Tastet, Kok, Wikman and Thordsen had each 4 points so the 6th round was crucial. Fred Kok lost against Ragnar Wikman and Hartmut Thordsen won over Marc Tastet . In the last round a real final for the gold : Hartmut Thordsen against Ragnar Wikman and Hartmut won and took the world title !! Wikman, Tastet and Kok shared the 2nd place and there was an exciting match for the silver and bronze . Ragnar Wikman took the silver and Mac Tastet the bronze.
1.Hartmut Thordsen, Germany 6
& WORLD CHAMPION LINES OF ACTION
2.Ragnar Wikman, Finland SILVER after a rematch
Marc Tastet, France BRONZE after a rematch
Fred Kok, the Netherlands 5
5.Norbert Shaeffer, Germany 3
6.David Sedgwick, England
Peter Horlock, England 2
8.Gianni Cottogni, Italy 0
The new world champion also won SILVER on the TWIXT tournament, another connecting game.
Analyses may follow...
This event is being organized by David Levy (of the famous Chess wager) among others, so is bound to garner attention from many who would not otherwise hear of LOA.
According to Fred Kok: There were only four participants but we had
great time. The internet players tangram and ragnar dominated the whole
Fred Kok has supplied commented game records for the two games between
and Ragnar Wikman, which can be downloaded
for offline viewing, or click below to launch a viewer:
The fourth annual Email LOA tournament Results
The third annual Email LOA tournnament Results.
The second annual Email LOA tournament Results.
The first annual Email LOA tournament Results.