Many thanks to Ken Gutermuth for stepping in to GM the event this year while Don Greenwood was busy elsewhere.
Enlightenment uses a unique scoring system that keeps most players in contention for a prize throughout the weekend rather than being eliminated by a poor showing or relegated to the "losers' table". Every player scores points as a percentage of the winner's score. This provides a real incentive to play against the leader to prevent run-away victories. In subsequent rounds, players are grouped according to their finish in the previous game ... with all round 1 winners paired in round 2, all second-place players together, and so on. The winners compete with each other - earning a bonus point for each other table's winner in that round they best by posting a wider margin of victory. The winner for the weekend will be that player with the highest total for any three of the four rounds.
Slow play is discouraged by penalizing all scores in games that take more than five hours. Use of a similar system in 2001 resulted in nearly all games finishing in under five hours, with some ending in less than four. The scoring was altered in 2002 by penalizing slow play rather than rewarding fast play, but the pace did not slacken much.
Enlightenment V took place in Hunt Valley, Maryland on the weekend of March 22-24 during the height of March Madness in the heart of terrapin country drawing 36 Age of Renaissance players to compete in four rounds of mostly six-player games. Fourteen of the top 30 AREA rated players took part in the three-day tournament in which a player's best three scores counted toward the tournament score.
Twenty-four games were played with 34 players playing in all four rounds. Only five games went over the five-hour time schedule as this year penalties were assessed to scores for games lasting more than five hours.
In the first round on Friday evening, John Coussis led the way with a strong victory and defending champion Bill Crenshaw continued his remarkable Enlightenment winning streak with his fifth straight win. Other first round winners included Doug Mercer, strong newcomer Lyman Moquin (pictured at right), Nick Henning, and Jim Standard.
With the 1st round winners meeting on Saturday morning, Bill Crenshaw's streak came to an end as John Coussis once again triumphed and remained atop the leader board after two rounds. Other second round winners included Rob Kircher, Peter Stein, Nicholas Anner, Jim Eliason, and Ted Mullally.
As the third round came to an end Saturday evening, John Coussis finally tasted defeat but recorded a strong 2nd place finish to keep him atop the leader board. Third Round winners included Lyman Moquin and Peter Stein (who joined the two-time winner circle), Nick Smith, Carl Damcke, Ted Simmons, and Tim Kniker.
So the stage was set for an exciting finish in the fourth round on Sunday morning. John Coussis had already posted a three-game score of 297 for people to shoot at. Entering the Sunday round, eight players were still in the running for top wood.
In the fourth round, young Nick Henning (pictured at right) and Nick Smith managed to get their second wins of the weekend while Charles Hickok, Ewan McNay, Harold Siegelman, and Rob Flowers also joined the winner's circle.
When the morning's free donuts were but a memory, John Coussis, with a strong 2nd place finish on Sunday, improved his score to 306 edging out Lyman Moquin by a single point to earn the crown. John also had the best four-game score for the weekend while Lyman showed he understood the scoring system, eliminating the lowest score of the entire weekend to allow him to tightly contest the tournament. Nick Henning, Jim Standard, Charles Hickok, and Rob Kircher also won wood while placing third through sixth respectively.
Nick Smith once again was the player traveling the farthest for the weekend event, although he had company this year as John Coussis joined him in the jump across the Atlantic.
The average opening bid for the weekend was 2.8 with only 13 zero bids in the 24 games. Three individuals managed to buy out all the advances during the weekend. The average winning score was 1514 and eight individuals managied to score more than 2000 points and not win their game. All countries managed a win with Venice leading the way followed by London, Barcelona, Paris, Hamburg, and Genoa. London and Barcelona had the strongest tournament while never ending in last place.
|Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Dropped Score||Final Score|
|1. John Coussis||106||103||88||97||394||88||306|
|2. Lyman Moquin||104||6||106||95||311||6||305|
|3. Nick Henning||103||91||84||100||378||84||294|
|4. Jim Stanard||101||95||93||43||332||43||289|
|5. Charles Hickok||91||83||98||99||371||83||288|
|6. Rob Kircher||97||99||22||90||308||22||286|
|7. Ewan McNay||90||63||88||105||346||63||283|
|8. Bill Crenshaw||102||95||86||76||359||76||283|
|9. Nick Smith||48||71||101||104||324||48||276|
|10. Harold Siegelman||43||76||93||106||318||43||275|
|11. Carl Damcke||79||88||102||80||349||79||270|
|12. James Pei||92||96||81||81||350||81||269|
|13. Peter Stein||64||98||105||58||325||58||267|
|14. Ted Simmons||72||76||103||82||333||72||261|
|15. Dennis Nicholson||73||83||57||98||311||57||254|
|16. Nichokas Anner||89||105||53||58||305||53||252|
|17. Steve Simmons||78||66||88||86||318||66||252|
|18. Jim Eliason||51||106||28||93||278||28||250|
|19. Mark Frueh||77||60||94||78||309||60||249|
|20. Thomas Browne||90||84||74||47||295||47||248|
|21. Marvin Birnbaum||31||92||61||93||277||31||246|
|22. Doug Mercer||105||63||77||59||304||59||245|
|23. Ted Mullally||70||104||69||55||298||55||243|
|24. Ken Rothstein||76||53||85||DNP||214||-||214|
|25. Ken Gutermuth||66||64||81||51||262||51||211|
|26. Jim Jordan||83||63||62||DNP||208||-||208|
|27. Tim Kniker||47||61||97||49||254||47||207|
|28. Kathy Stroh||64||46||54||89||253||46||207|
|29. Peter Staab||71||37||49||80||237||37||200|
|30. Rob Flowers||50||44||24||102||220||24||196|
|31. Mark Neale||36||46||64||79||225||36||189|
|32. Jason Levine||38||42||66||78||224||38||186|
|33. Tom Cannon||25||57||89||37||208||25||183|
|34. Pierre LeBeouf||29||25||74||72||200||25||175|
|35. Greg Stripes||66||48||61||31||206||31||175|
|36. Vincent Coppola||44||77||53||9||183||9||174|