Τhe main category of the World Championship ended with a positive report for the Greek players.
5th in the world, George Petroulakis with 40 points, 12th with George Trypanagnostopoulos with 37 points and 16th with Gregoris Adamakis with 34 points.
Winner and 2019 World Champion with the overthrow on the second day of the race was Dutch Tim Slagboom, followed by the great Dutchman Pim Niemeijer. Former 19-year-old American Angel Baron completed the trio of medals.
In detail, Petroulakis beat Belgium’s Maarten Leysen in Saturday’s 6th round and first game. It was dominated by Englishman Jonathan Arnott, as was the case with the mighty Dutchman George Franka. His series was stopped by then world champion Tim Slagboom. With the victory in the last round against the Dutch Ruben Van de Bilt, he won his best (5th) place in the world championship.
In turn, George Trypanagnostopoulos started out strong with a win over Englishman Byron Hemingway. The next draw with Ruben Van de Bilt did not even bring the tie. Subsequently, Englishman Josh Critchlow, although considered the rising star of English Stratego, failed to restrain Trypanagnostopoulos, with the latter earning 6 points. In the penultimate round, came the second defeat of the day by the Swiss Sébastien Crot. For the 10th round he was found to also face Englishman and top player Richard Ratcliffe. Despite the tiredness, with extraordinarily regular and psychological play, Trypanagnostopoulos was completely imposed on his opponent, taking 12th place in the final standings. A place that is also an individual record for him.
Adamakis finally started the day with a defeat by Dutchman Ricardo Kik and a draw with Kees de Vos. His victory over Belgium’s Maarten Leysen then restored him to the standings. In the 9th round and in a match that was ruled by an arbitrator, Anthony Melbourne defeated Adamakis. In the last round, Dutchman Eric van de Haar could do nothing to equalize to Adamakis, where the Greek player won by state
On Sunday, Greek players Adamakis and Trypanagnostopoulos will compete in the open championship of the World Championship.