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Mexico’s ‘rock, paper, scissors’ winner off to World Cup 墨西哥「猜拳拳王」前進世界盃

Mexican wrestler named “Shocker 1000% Handsome,” left, confronts “Captain Morgan” during the first tournament of “rock, paper and scissors”, in Puebla, Mexico on Feb. 14, 2009.二月十四日,在墨西哥普埃布拉舉辦的第一屆「剪刀、石頭、布」猜拳錦標賽中,摔角選手「百分之一千帥氣震撼者」(左)對上「摩根船長」。照片:法新社

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A national winner was crowned in the dramatic Mexican playoff final of the popular “rock, paper, scissors” game, paving the way for a trip to Canada and the world championship title.

Eduardo Villar Raposso won first place in the country’s first national tournament for the classic game, often used as a tie-breaking tool.

The cup was given the green light by the World RPS Society, whose slogan is, “Serving the needs of decision makers since 1918.”

Old-aged competitors engaged in several tight battles, but ultimately strength, strategy and discipline were important elements for the winner.

“The real magic of the game is that unlike other world sports, no matter what your age is, no matter whether you are male or female, if you’re old or young, or even if you only have one hand, everyone can compete as an equal,” said match referee Brad Fox.

Players had to comply with strict rules to compete — making the play only when the referee blows the whistle and ensuring the hand signal is as uniform as possible.

Villar Raposso’s victory takes him to the World Championships later this year in Toronto, Canada, where he will come up against skilled world competitors battling it out on a global stage.

The championship is known for its elaborate staging and cash prizes — last year’s winner received US$10,000.

The RPS Society’s official guide describes the hand gestures under the Internationally Recognized Throwing System (IRTS).

While the game is often seen as a game of chance, RPS fans usually reply with one of their mantras: “To the beginner the choices are few; to the expert the choices are many.”(AFP)

從墨西哥極受歡迎的「剪刀、石頭、布」大賽精采決賽中脫穎而出的全國總冠軍,準備前往加拿大角逐世界冠軍頭銜。

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. dramatic adj.

激動人心的 (ji1 dong4 ren2 xin1 de5)

例: The tennis final was very dramatic.

(那場網球決賽相當精彩。)

2. compete v.i.

競爭 (jing4 zheng1)

例: A number of construction companies will compete for the right to build the new freeway.

(有一些建設公司將參與新高速公路興建權的招標。)

3. victory n.

勝利 (sheng4 li4)

例: Malcolm's most famous victory occurred at the 1982 Olympics.

(邁爾坎在一九八二年的奧運賽贏得他最知名的勝利。)

4. gesture n.

手勢 (shou3 shi4)

例: Kevin gestured at me to step onto the stage.

(凱文比手示意,叫我走上舞台。)


伊度瓦多.維勒.雷波索贏得墨西哥首屆全國猜拳錦標賽冠軍,這個經典遊戲常是平手時一決勝負的方法。

這是一場經世界猜拳協會認可的錦標賽,他們的口號是:「滿足決策者的需要,源於一九一八」。

老一輩的選手在若干難分軒輊的比賽中交手,但最終,意志力、策略和訓練才是獲勝的要素。

比賽裁判布萊德•福克斯說:「這個遊戲絕妙之處在於,它不像其他運動,無論年紀大小、無論性別男女、無論老少,就算你只有一隻手,每個人都能公平參賽。」

玩家比賽時必須遵守嚴格的規定──裁判吹哨後才能開始,而且手勢要力求統一。

奪冠的維勒.雷波索今年下半年將前往加拿大多倫多參加世界錦標賽,他將在這個世界舞台上,和來自世界各國的高手一決高下。

該錦標賽以擂台排場和獎金聞名──去年的優勝者抱回了一萬美元。

世界猜拳協會的官方手冊中,描繪了「國際認可出拳方法(IRTS)」規範的手勢。

人們常視猜拳為碰運氣的遊戲,但猜拳迷通常會回答一句他們的箴言:「入門者的出拳選擇很少;專家的選擇很多。」

(法新社�翻譯:袁星塵)

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