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Brit conquers 47th annual World Conker Championships

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 01:28

Oct. 15 - They came, they saw, they conkered. British man wins World Conker Championships. Sharon Reich reports.

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It's that time of year again. The 47th annual World Conker Championships are on - and the competition is fierce. Two hundred players have come from as far as France, Latvia and the U.S. hoping to be the last conker standing. (SOUNDBITE) American Ian Moss, World Conker Championships competitor, saying (English): "I love it, this is so British isn't it?" For those of you who aren't familiar with the game, here's how it works. The goal is to smash the other players conker - also called a horse chestnut. The conkers are strung on leather laces and are drawn blindly from a bag. Players have three strikes over a five minute period. If neither conker is broken at the end of the round - there is a penalty shootout with each player allotted nine strikes. Event organizer John Burkett says the key to snagging the title is in technique. (SOUNBDITE) (English) World Conker Championships organizer John Burkett saying (English): "There's various techniques. You'll find a lot of people favour the really hard downward swipe and try and smash their opponents conker but you've got just as much chance of breaking your own conker if you do that. So there are various other techniques, there's the sideways tap, which you sort of tap away at the other conker and wait for the other person to break theirs and that can be quite successful." In the end, these two were the toughest nuts to crack. Sophie Knox - dressed as the Pink Panther - won the women's title and Simon Cullum was crowned the men's champion.

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Brit conquers 47th annual World Conker Championships

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 01:28