18th Domino World Champion 2012: Chris Währen
At the 18th Domino World Championship the title went to Chris Währen and back back into Switzerland. It is the highest title after the European Champion of 1995 for the man from Basel. With five further places in the top 20 the domino stronghold in Northwest Switzerland celebrated a large success.
The decentralized matches, which took place from 27 until 31 December 2012 at nine places in Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Estonia gathered 65 players and ended up with a surprise. Chris Währen is nevertheless not an unknown quantity in the domino world, since in 1995 he became European Champion in Allschwil and belonged in the 1990ies to the extended world leaders; but the man from »Little Basel« had for some time withdrawn himself from the domino matches and was before the title not even listed in the world rankings. The higher his victory is to be estimated, because most of the recent world champions took part in the championship; they had however no chance against him. Chris could recall all his routine at the championship venue Ettingen in the crucial moment, kept his nerves and played on constantly high level.
The definite goal of the domino community in Northwest Switzerland was getting the title this year again into the region – after the World Cup victories of Thomas Egeli 2009, Alex Joss 2007 and Marina Despotovic 2006 –, which was thus fulfilled. Also five further Northwest Swiss could classify themselves in the top 20:
- Grand Master Alex Klee (Basel, 7),
- Grand Master Angie Stich (Dornach, 13),
- Annegret Rentsch (Allschwil, 15),
- Jonas Hüllstrung (Allschwil, 16.)
- and the World Cup Third from 2005, Samson Rentsch (Allschwil, 17.).
In total view the Swiss result appears in even better light, since with the 2nd rank by Marc Massaro from Grenchen a Swiss double victory could be celebrated.
World rankings first, the International Master Frank Lindemann from Germany, was regarded before the world championship as top favorite, since he acted among the top twenty of the world rankings the last twenty years continuously. He could not repeat his title gain of 1998, but ended on the 58th rank.
Nevertheless he insisted on handing over the World Cup in person to Chris Währen – an indication of the friendship spirit which makes a difference in the domino sport.