2014 World Email Championships
Open Swiss-Elim Tournament
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Last Updated: August 27th, 2014
* * Final * *
Congratulations, Christopher Yaure!
June 17th, 2014 - August 27th, 2014
Christopher Yaure proves that close enough isn't just for horseshoes, hand grenades, and nuclear war -- it counts in Adel Verpflichtet too. Chris qualified for the semi-finals on tie-breakers (the highest of those with 17 points including two wins). Chris then moved into the finals as the only finalist without a semi-final win -- using the second tie-break as the best second-place finisher with 3 spaces (having a set of 10 cards). In a fitting finish to the final, Chris prevails in a tie for first place with Tom DeMarco with the largest set (a one-card margin  over Suzanne Tuch's 11 card set). Congratulations to Chris for winning by the narrowest possible margin!
The game started off with cautious players -- lots of detectives and very few thieves in the castle. Meanwhile, in the Auctionhouse, thieves were plentiful as were small checks. The first Auctionhouse pile ran out before players reached the first corner. Sharee Pack reached the first 2/1 space first through heavy attrition of her set. Then the game paused while players again returned to detectives conventions with a rare thief as a guest speaker. Meanwhile, the Auctionhouse drained to a total of four cards while the checks switched hands (though, in the end, four players each had just one check remaining once the 2/1 roadblock was breached). As a result, the game took many turns more than a typical game.
At that point, Sharee was still in the lead, but the entire field was within 3 spaces. Sharee paused to use a detective to finally fill all five jail cells. Then Sharee, Bob Hamel, and Tom sprinted for the finish while Suzanne and Chris (with the largest two sets respectively) used detectives to make up the distance. Bob and Tom with the larger sets in the second-tier crowd moved ahead reaching the second 2/1 space. As they did so, Sharee turned bandit to pick up two items, give Suzanne and Chris the detective-earned spaces they were seeking, and bring her set into a close third place.
Chris took this opportunity to hit the Auctionhouse one more time where he picked up the card that put his set ahead of Suzanne. Bob pushed forward into the 5/3 endgame space while Tom followed to the final space of the 2/1 zone. That set up the final turn. Tom continue his sprint, sending him five spaces forward and ending the game. Bob, inexplicably, selected a detective -- worth 2-3 spaces at most (and likely to give the players with bigger sets much greater advancement). Chris, Suzanne, and Sharee each play a thief -- which adds to their sets but keeps them in the same relative order. With the dining-table line crossed, the final exhibits come out -- giving Chris 8 spaces (just enough to catch Tom and win by tie-breakers) and Suzanne 4 spaces. Congratulations, Chris!
It's interesting to note here how the final turn might have been a bit different with some different moves:
As you can see, most of the players still have a chance on the final move. But Chris figures out the puzzle and pulls out the win!
As I write this, I wonder about the value of the second-largest set. Typically, it requires a playing-style similar to the largest set, but without the reward needed to make up the distance at the end. Next year, I think I'll collect some statistics on where the player with the second best set ends up.
The tournament will begin on January 18th this coming year with the hope that we can finish before the World Boardgaming Championships!
|Game: ADV BPA 14F|
|Tom DeMarco||Tom DeMarco||Green||2||3||3 of 3||1468|
|Bob Hamel||bhamel||Blue||3||1||7 of 7||1650|
|Sharee Pack||shareerpack||Yellow||5||-8||10 of 10||1850|
|Suzanne Tuch||Suzanne||Black||4||-3||11 of 11||1616|
|Christopher Yaure||actuaryesquire||Red||1||3||12 of 12||1830|
* * Semi-Finals * *
April 17th, 2014 - June 16th, 2014
|Game: ADV BPA 14S-1|
|Thomas Browne||Auron||Green||5||-2||9 of 9||1616|
|Steve Cameron||stevegamer||Red||3||2||5 of 6||1830|
|Tom DeMarco||Tom DeMarco||Black||4||-1||3 of 3||1819|
|Sharee Pack||shareerpack||Blue||1||6||10 of 10||1748|
|Greg Thatcher||thatchergreg||Yellow||2||3||9 of 9||1468|
|Game: ADV BPA 14S-2|
|Bob Hamel||bhamel||Black||5||-6||7 of 7||1819|
|Sean McCulloch||stmccull||Blue||3||1||3 of 3||1660|
|Suzanne Tuch||Suzanne||Yellow||1||7||8 of 8||1650|
|Kevin Wojtaszczyk||kwojtasz||Green||4||-2||4 of 6||1775|
|Christopher Yaure||actuaryesquire||Red||2||3||10 of 10||1468|
|Game: ADV BPA 14S-3|
|Tom DeMarco||Tom DeMarco||Blue||1||5||5 of 5||1748|
|Sean McCulloch||stmccull||Yellow||4||-6||4 of 6||1906|
|Sharee Pack||shareerpack||Green||2||-4||9 of 9||1616|
|Greg Thatcher||thatchergreg||Black||5||-7||4 of 5||1468|
|Christopher Yaure||actuaryesquire||Red||3||-5||8 of 8||1660|
Game: ADV BPA 14S-4
|Thomas Browne||Auron||Blue||2||-8||9 of 9||1616|
|Steve Cameron||stevegamer||Black||4||-16||3 of 6||1775|
|Bob Hamel||bhamel||Red||1||1||4 of 5||1830|
|Suzanne Tuch||Suzanne||Yellow||5||-18||8 of 8||1748|
|Kevin Wojtaszczyk||kwojtasz||Green||3||-8||3 of 5||1832|
* * Semi-Final Standings * *
|Tom DeMarco||Tom DeMarco||4||1|
|Christopher Yaure||actuaryesquire||2||3||3||10 of 10||1468|
|Greg Thatcher||thatchergreg||2||5||3||9 of 9||1468|
|Thomas Browne||Auron||5||2||0||9 of 9||1616|
* * Preliminaries * *
February 23rd, 2014 - April 16th, 2014
|Player||SpielByWeb||Round One||Round Two||Round Three||Round Four||Round Five||Total|
|Tom DeMarco||Tom DeMarco||4||5||6||5||1||5||2||4||4||2||21||16||22||30||1616|
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