WELCOME TO THE 4TH WORLD TABLE TANTRIX OPEN 2013!

NEWS * NEWS * NEWS

On Friday evening there will be a Solitiare tournament organised by Mike to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tantrix. First prize will be a free place to the World Table Tantrix Open!

If you consider to enter the World Open please do it sooner rather than later because Trosa is running out of hotel rooms - it is a very popular place to visit in the summer :-) Please contact trosa@tantrix.se with inquiries. Warm welcome!

NEWS * NEWS * NEWS

The train on Friday 14th is booked for 18.00 for a trip around Trosa. Make sure you are here by then!

Historical facts:
2009
The 1st World Table Tantrix Open was held in Edinburgh, Scotland and 45 players from 14 different countries took part
1. PLACE: Niklas Andersson(SWE)
2. PLACE: Attila Mikulan (HUN)
3. PLACE: Simon Wright (UK)

2010
The 2nd World Table Tantrix Open was held in Budapest, Hungary and 44 players from 10 different countries took part
1. PLACE: Niklas Andersson (SWE)
2. PLACE: Péter Petrecz (HUN)
3. PLACE: Chris Essex (UK)

2011
The 3rd World Table Tantrix Open was held in Almere, Netherlands and 48 players from 11 different countries took part
1. PLACE: Péter Kovács (HUN)
2. PLACE: Attila Mikulan (HUN)
3. PLACE: Niklas Andersson (SWE)2013

The 4th World Table Tantrix Open/10th Swedish Open will be held in Trosa, Sweden. Will there be 50 players this time?

MAKE SURE YOU'LL BE THERE!

DATE June 15th/16th 2013

VENUE Trosa Församlingshem, Smäckbrogatan, 619 30 Trosa.
Trosa Församlingshem is our community hall located close to Trosa Stads Kyrka (the town church).

FORMAT To be decided depending on number of entrants.

COST 500 SEK which includes tournament entry, Friday activities and evening meal, Saturday lunch and tournament dinner plus boat trip and lunch on Sunday. Refreshments (hot and cold drinks and fruit) will also be available during play.

PRIZES The WTO trophy and the Swedish Open trophy for the winner, both to keep until the next time each of them takes place. Medals will be given to the top three players. No prize money will be given but there will for sure be swedish inspired prizes to all entrants – a tradition we do in every Swedish Open!

(As far as possible we try to think environmentally friendly, to shop locally and also support charity in some way when we buy whatever needed for the tournament.)

HOW TO GET HERE
When flying from abroad the closest airport is Stockholm Skavsta, followed by Stockholm Bromma and then Stockholm Arlanda.

From Skavsta you can get the bus to Nyköping, which only takes 12 minutes, whereupon you have about 1 hour by bus to Trosa. Cost is about 8 Euros per person, half price for people younger than 20. Tickets can be bought on the bus, but please note you can’t pay with cash, so bring your credit card.

From Bromma there are buses first to Stockholm, then train from Stockholm to Vagnhärad and finally bus from Vagnhärad to Trosa. This trip takes about 2 hours and costs about 20 euros.

From Arlanda you first have to take Arlanda Express (Train) to Stockholm, from where you take train to Vagnhärad and then finally bus to Trosa. This trip takes about 2 hours and costs about 36 euros. Please note that it’ll be more expensive if you buy a ticket on the train instead of booking in advance. There is also a train direct from Arlanda to Vagnhärad.

If you need help with booking tickets, just ask us and we’ll help you! Good website for checking times for train and buses is www.sj.se.

ACCOMODATION
In previous years many players have stayed at a hostel in Trosa called Vandrarhemmet Snipan, where you can find information in english. Single rooms are from 28 euros per night and double rooms from 40 euros per night. Cabins and rooms are also available where 4 people can share.

We have made a reservation for rooms on Snipan, so if you prefer to stay there, please mail us and we'll make a booking for you.

Other options in Trosa are the hotels Bomans, and Trosa Stadshotell, both of which cost about 100 euro per night. You can also check this link,(choose Accomodation) for further options.

PLANNED ITINERARY
FRIDAY 14TH: Everybody is welcome to Monica and Lewis’s house in Trosa (Ankargatan 5) from 2pm for a pre-tournament get together. Dinner and various activities will be provided including the following possibilities:

A typical swedish game, brännboll [ˈbrɛmːbɔlː]) where everyone can join in safely will be arranged in the afternoon! Rules according to Wikipedia.

A guided tour around our picturesque town by train!

A darts competition

Dinner will be a bar-b-q (weather permitting) followed by games (we have a good supply of spoons!) both inside and in the garden.

Followed by the popular “Player Auction” where players bid for who they think will finish in the top three.

SATURDAY 15TH: Play will start at 9.30 and continue to roughly 5.30. We’re trying to organize a boat trip out to the beautiful Trosa archipelago before the tournament dinner which will be held at one of Trosa’s finer restaurants.

As evening entertainment, we would love to get together as many musicians as possible to form the first ever Tantrix band (all musical standards are very welcome). We will be able to provide some instruments if you have trouble getting your tuba on the plane!

SUNDAY 16TH: Play will start at 9.30 and finish around 5.00 to allow for players dashing to airports. For those remaining in Trosa on Sunday evening, there will be more fun to be had for sure!

WHAT MORE TO EXPECT FROM THE WEEKEND?
Well, this has been said about previous Opens:

“I discovered the golden rule of tournament play - if you expect to win, you'll lose, yet if you expect to lose, you'll win”

“A 3-day weekend where anything can happen, and often does. Friendships flourish, art forms bloom, money and stuffed animals change hands.”

“Personally, I had a great time and I highly recommend table tournaments for weight loss, one's brain is forced to process glucose at a furious rate”

“I wasn't especially grumpy at any time even though I hardly won a game.. Perhaps I understand that there are more important things in life than winning”

“I guess this was my best birthday so far :)”

“The weekend was not only about the Tantrix, it was a nice weekend in many other ways”

We hope that we can keep up with the standard from previous Opens and we really wish to give you a nice and memorable experience of Sweden!

...BUT CAN WE EXPECT TROUBLE?
Oh yes, we certainly can! Niklas will bring Trouble (maybe in more than one way? - “Same procedure as (second) last year”, remember…) Trouble has now spent some nice time in Sweden singing ABBA songs all summer long and skiing all winter. He might be up for a change? - if Niklas allows him to that is…

Who is Trouble?

BRING YOUR FLAG
It would be nice to repeat the idea from the 2009 WTO with as many of the participating countries’ flags as possible, so please bring a flag or anything else that represents where you come from!

TANTRIX CELEBRATES 25 YEARS 2013

1988 –> 2012 makes 24 years + 1 = 25! Tantrix will celebrate its 25th Anniversary next year and of course we will celebrate this! Check this site for news about how!

IMPORTANT NOTES:
We will be sending out questionnaires to all participants regarding tournament format, activity choices, musical availability, travel plans, accommodation plans etc etc.

Please check this site regularly for exciting developments.

FURTHER QUESTIONS?
Please don't hesitate to contact us at trosa@tantrix.se in any matter regarding coming here.

...AND FINALLY
We are so looking forward to see you in Trosa 2013!

A very warm welcome from
Nica, Lewis and Niklas

“Thank you for the Tantrix, the game we’re playing
Thanks for all the joy it’s bringing
Who can live without it, we ask in all honesty,
what would life be
without the tiles in our lifes, what are we?
so I say thank you for the Tantrix, for bringing it to me!”