Perriane Lurie, Cary Morris, Dan Hoffman
and Steve LeWinter
David Meyaard and Jefferson Meyer
Changing of the Guard ...
While previous years had seen many familiar faces in the elimination
rounds, this was a year of new blood in Thurn and Taxis
which was only fitting given the record attendance for the two
heats. Only two former semi-finalists, Randy Buehler and Andy
Latto, reached the same stage this year. Alexandra Henning was
the third member of her family to reach the semi-finals, and
fell just one point short of being the third Henning ito ever
reach the Final as well.
Randy had to discard a route early in the Final, and was soon
out of contention. Kyle played a game of nearly perfect efficiency.
The other players saw how well he was doing and united to try
to stop him. Kyle did not get a Lodz card the first time through
the deck, and needed to get one the second time through to get
the all-colors bonus, so Randy, playing before Kyle, fell on
his sword and took a Lodz card to keep it out of Kyle's hands.
Kyle responded by pulling another from the top of the deck. And
so it went. In a game in which he never used the Administrator,
Kyle won in a runaway, 15-14-12-25.
Of the 38 4-player games, the first seat won 13. The later
three positions won six, eleven, and eight games respectively.
Combining this with statistics from the previous two years, we
have 32 wins from players going first, 20 from second, 26 from
third, and 22 from last. Although both Kyle and three-time champion
Andy Latto prefer to go fourth, this is enough of a disparity
that I'm considering adding bidding for start position in the
elimination rounds next year. Send me an email and let me know
what you think!
The tournament has grown to a somewhat awkward size. It's
not big enough to have a quarter-final round, since qualifying
64 players would be over half the field. But with only two heats,
only a handful of players win two games, and I hate having to
exclude first-heat winners just because they didn't win by a
sufficient margin. Should I add a third heat on Monday, making
it easier for dedicated players to guarantee a semi-final spot
by winning twice? Another possibility is to have a quarter-final,
but to have 3-player games in the playoff rounds, so that we
need qualify only 27 players for the quarter-finals. Since this
year 28 players won their first heat, this would come close to
my ideal of all and only first-heat winners advancing. In any
case, I plan to change the tiebreak rules next year, so that
a first and a second will qualify over just a first, or a first
and a third. There should be close to 16 players who either win
two heats or win their first heat and come in second in their
second heat, reducing the importance of margin of victory, and
giving someone who narrowly wins their first heat a better chance
to make the semi-finals. Again, feedback is welcome!
Alex Henning and Faith Wobbeking
Angela Hoffman, Debbie Gutermuth and
Euro Quest Laurelists
Jim Castonguay, PA
Robert Kircher, RI
Haim Hochboim, Israel
Alex Bove, PA
Daniel Eppolito, CA