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Tony Niccoli is the most natural game player that the Olympiad has seen. He plays games by instinct just using their shape (patterns). He can play games so fast that opponents are left wondering if his clock has wound down. Tony became the second Junior Pentamind Champion in the third MSO and had the opportunity to defend his title removed by a lowering of the junior age limit to 16. There is almost no game that Tony is not capable of winning and despite not having played a game for years or before is always a threat to the top players.
Although Tony was eligible to play for either Italy or England, Dario De Toffoli in coup for his Country persuaded Tony that he should compete for Italy to offset the English home field advantage in the medal table.