100 + Again
broke the century mark in attendance for the third straight time.
This year we had 116 would-be pharoahs, seven more than last
year. The heats were spread out more evenly this time, with 10-11-13
and 10 tables in action respectively, for a total of 44 games.
There were 39 winners with five players (Luke Kratz, Winton leMoine,
Alex Bove, Steve Brooks, and Joe Jaskiewicz) victorious twice.
23 won their first heat, 14 won their second heat (two of which
were winning their second game), three won their third heat (two
of which were winning their second game), four won their fourth
heat (the diehards plus one who was winning his second game).
Among those who hadn't won after three tries were the GM and
two-time defending champ Tom Dunning. Both won on their final
try and waited to see whether there would be enough No Shows
to admit them to the next round. Again this year the tie-breakers
for the semi-finals weren't needed as only 24 winners appeared
for the semi's - thus admitting all winners who appeared for
the second round. I'm working on a tiebreaking system that will
allow non-winners to advance to the semi-finals if less than
25 winners appear again next year. Some feel that only winners
should advance and others want to fill the semi-finals to 25
players. If you have a strong opinion on the matter please send
me an e-mail with your thoughts. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
If you don't want to comment now, don't bother to do so next
summer when its too late.
Overall, the games weren't as close this year as 29 of the
50 games were decided by more than five points. Two of the semi-final
games were decided by a single point, but the other three were
decided by twelve, nine and nine points. However, a single point
was the difference in the final!
Three of the five finalists had won two preliminary games.
Making it to the final round were Winton Lemoine who won both
heats he entered and was riding a three-game winning streak.
Alex Bove, on the other hand, had tasted defeat twice before
winning his third and fourth heats to also sport a three-game
winning streak. Joe Jaskiewicz had won two of his heats and ended
two-time defending champ Tom Dunning's hopes of a "three-peat"
in his semi-final win. That left Evan Tannheimer and Steve Scott
who had won only one of their heats. Winton was seeded second,
Alex third, Joe 5th, Evan 6th( his lone win was by 27 points,
which was the tournament record for this year). Steve Scott was
seeded 38th and next to last among the 39 winners (that's the
13th alternate if all the eligible winners had appeared for the
Semis). So the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 38th seed made it to the
finals. Guess who won? That's right, the 38th seed who needed
13 N0 Shows just to make the Semi-Finals.
Kevin Coombs and Keith Levy tied for sixth as they both lost
their semi-final game by one point, but Kevin had 47 points while
Keith only had 39. So Keith was denied sixth place for the second
consecutive year by a tie-breaker. Keith has consistenly performed
well in RA since its inception in 2000, missing the finals by
agonizingly close semi-final games each year.
Fun, but Possibly Useless Statistical Facts for Future
| Total Game Score Average
| Player Score Average
| Average Score Gain Per Round
| Winner's Score Average
| Average Score Gain per Round for Winners