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Twixt is a game requiring large amounts of concentration as the game can be decided by the first move. The aim of the game is to connect two opposite sides of a scuare board using a knight’s jump in chess (2 x 1) or (1 x 2). This is one of the games that even the fastest of game players will use their time. This is not one for the faint-hearted with it affectionately being known as a headache game.

Draws are possible but very rare with sometimes the game being agreed as over by the third move! Despite all of the hard work needed to play it is still a rewarding game that we expect to be regarded as a classic game in the future.


Twixt has a special rule to compensate for the huge advantage for the first player. That rule is that once the first player has played a peg then the second player can chose to change sides where the played peg becomes theirs or they can play on as normal. Each player can place a peg anywhere in the centre of the board or their home edge. Then the player can join his pegs with a wall if they are connected by a Knight's jump in Chess (that is the diagonal of a 2x1 or 1x2 rectangle). This cannot cross any wall that is already on the board, but a player can remove any number of their own walls in their turn. The winner is the player that manages to connect their opposite homesides.

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MSO Champions

2015Florian JamainFranceWorld Champion
2014Florian JamainFranceWorld Champion
2013Jan K. HauglandNorwayWorld Champion
2012Florian JamainFranceWorld Champion
2011David M. PearceEnglandWorld Champion
2010Bharat ThakrarEnglandOlympiad Champion
2009David BushUsaOlympiad Champion
2008Bharat ThakrarEnglandOlympiad Champion
2007Bharat ThakrarEnglandOlympiad Champion
2006David BushUsaOlympiad Champion
2005David BushUsaOlympiad Champion
2004Carl J. RagnarssonSwedenOlympiad Champion
2003Klaus HussmannsGermanyOlympiad Champion
2002Peter HenkeGermanyOlympiad Champion
2001Klaus HussmannsGermanyOlympiad Champion
2000Klaus HussmannsGermanyOlympiad Champion
1999Klaus HussmannsGermanyWorld Champion
1998Klaus HussmannsGermanyWorld Champion
1997Alexander RandolphUsaWorld Champion

Full results for Twixt can be found here.

MSO Ranked Players at Twixt

MSO International Grandmasters

MSO International Masters

MSO Candidate Masters