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2022 World Email Championships

Open Swiss-Elim Tournament

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Last Updated: October 12th, 2022

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Preliminaries
Semi-Finals
Semi-Final Standings
Final

Congratulations, John Pack!

* * Final * *

September 4th, 2022 - October 7th, 2022

Seven games to get to the Final -- now it comes down to one winner-take-all game.  John Pack gets off to a quick-start by exhibiting on the first turn to take a two-space lead while Dan Leader provides security.  Dominic Blais picks up the D-1616 (best card in the game) while Thomas Browne finds the $24,000 check lying somewhere where no one would miss it.  The main theme of the game appears on the second turn -- lots of thieves and no one to catch them!  Dan moves forward by exhibiting but loses a card to Dominic.  Thomas spends his "findings" while thieves rip the check in two.  Then Dominic rotates into the exhibitor role while John provides security.  Meanwhile, Dan's check is five-finger discounted by Allan Jiang.  Allan patiently builds a huge set but is thwarted when his detective strategy fails to find thieves during the mid-game, such that his arrival on the final edge comes only during the final exhibit.  Dominic and John advance slowly but surely together to the mid-point; however, Dominic takes the worst from thieves.  That lets John soldier onward while Dominic pauses.  Dominic almost catches up once John reaches the final 5/3 acceleration zone in the endgame, but comes up one exhibit or one thief from other players short of a last-second comeback.  The jail ends full -- but does not parole a single bandit during the game.  That means no one ever lacked the option to steal.  And steal they do -- six items change hands on the penultimate turn and four more the turn before that.  It wasn't for trying.  John's next-to-last exhibit (two turns before the last turn) sees four detectives on patrol -- catching nary a cutpurse.  It's a matter of timing.  Like phases of the moon, when the thieves were in phase, the detectives were nowhere to be seen and vice versa.  Bandits are selected 21 times; Detectives just 14 times (only five of which catch anything). The robbers net 17 pieces of art and 5 checks.  Dan falls victim to that timing -- exhibiting in thieves-phase and trying to catch the shadows in the night during the detectives-phase.  His set is completely obliterated while he howls at the wrong moon, and he ekes out a few final spaces with a detective.  Thomas has a lot of cards but just can't steal the right ones to connect both halves.  The Auction House is not his friend either.  In the end, John pushes across just barely ahead of the surging Allan and resurgent Dominic.

The top six places and laurels go to:
John Pack
Dominic Blais
Allan Jiang
Dan Leader
Thomas Browne
Steve Cameron

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Game: ADV22-F

Dan LeaderdanleaderBlack 400 of 2 2022
Allan Jianga440Blue 309 of 9 1748
John PackjohnrpackRed 125 of 5 1819
Dominic BlaisForticheGreen 208 of 8 1616
Thomas BrowneAuronYellow 505 of 8 1468

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* * Semi-Finals * *

June 16th, 2022 - August 9th, 2022

Three finalists advance by winning one of their semi-finals -- Thomas Browne, John Pack, and Dan Leader.  Dominic Blais advances with a 5-space second place, and Allan Jiang moves forward with a second place in each of his semi-finals.  Congratulations to each!

Dan Leader wins the first semi-final by sprinting across the line by a single space with only a set of 3 left to his name -- but nearly a full edge ahead of Allan Jiang in second.  John Pack prevails in the second semi-final by cobbling together a last-second set that prevailed in the final normal move against a bandit and then survived the onslaught of the big sets. Thomas Browne had no set, killing his sprint, but managed to cross the line with detectives for second.    In the third semi-final, Dominic Blais won the final regular turn (with an exhibit with three detectives) but couldn't hold out against the titanic 10-card set of Thomas Browne who caught him at the fifth table space and won on the tie-break.  In the fourth semi-final, Dan Leader set a furious pace, sprinting to the second corner before running into set troubles.  He ultimately came up two spaces short of the finish line for fourth.  John Pack tried to keep up with Dan but petered out just past the second corner for last place.  Allan Jiang carefully maneuvered into position with well-timed exhibits and detectives -- and then sprinted after the second corner.  He ended with 7 cards but second place as the big set players took advantage of John's thieves to reach the second corner with detectives.  Derek pulled out his 10 card exhibit on the last move to beat Allan for the 5 spaces -- and take the 8 advancement at the finish line.  Steve played it safe with a detective on the final move (worth 4) plus another 4 at the finish but ended up one space shy of the dinner table.  Unfortunately, Derek's delay-of-game penalty costs him four places as the game finishes Sept. 4th. That allows Allan to advance with his two-space second-place finish.

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Game: ADV22-S1

Oliver SearlesOlbackYellow 306 of 6 1832
Dan LeaderdanleaderGreen 113 of 4 1775
Derek LandeldlandelRed 503 of 4 1616
Allan Jianga440Blue 207 of 7 1650
Dominic BlaisForticheBlack 406 of 8 1660

Game: ADV22-S2

Sean McCullochstmccullBlack 407 of 7 1819
Doug Galullogyric2Green 507 of 7 1860
Thomas BrowneAuronYellow 210 of 3 2022
John PackjohnrpackBlue 143 of 5 1902
Steve CameronstevegamerRed 3010 of 10 1616

Game: ADV22-S3

Oliver SearlesOlbackBlack 405 of 7 1831
Sean McCullochstmccullGreen 500 of 4 2022
Doug Galullogyric2Red 319 of 9 1819
Thomas BrowneAuronBlue 1510 of 10 1616
Dominic BlaisForticheYellow 256 of 6 1468

Game: ADV22-S4

Dan LeaderdanleaderYellow 4 03 of 41819
Derek LandeldlandelBlue 5 49 of 91616
Allan Jianga440Red 2 27 of 71852
John PackjohnrpackBlack 5 06 of 61830
Steve CameronstevegamerGreen 3 08 of 81468

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* * Semi-Final Standings * *

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Thomas Browne Auron 2 1      
John Pack johnrpack 1 5      
Dan Leader danleader 1 4      
Dominic Blais Fortiche 42 5 6 of 61468
Allan Jiang a440 2 2 2 7 of 7 1852
Steve Cameron stevegamer 33    
Oliver Searles Olback 34    
Doug Galullo gyric2 53    
Sean McCulloch stmccull 45    
Derek Landel dlandel 55    

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* * Preliminaries * *

April 21st, 2022 - June 15th, 2022

It took just 15 points and 3 spaces to qualify for the semi-finals this year -- but 9 players had the usual 17 and above.  Allan Jiang topped the field with 21 points.  John Pack, Dan Leader, Sean McCulloch, Steve Cameron, Doug Galullo, Derek Landel, Thomas Browne, Dominic Blais, and Oliver Searles rounded out the field.

A few highlights include Kevin Wojtaszczyk winning with 10 spaces and a set of 11 -- in a game that saw four players cross the banquet line! Thomas Browne also won with a set of 11 in a game with three players across the line -- but barely edged Tom DeMarco who also crossed to the fourth space. In those two games, Haakon Monsen, Cary Morris, and Rob Flowers didn't cross but finished on the very last space!  Rob made up for that shortfall by winning another game and reaching the very end of the table (13 spaces) as did Oliver Searles in a separate game!  Oliver also won the tie-breaker to qualify as the last semi-finalist -- beating out Sharee Pack 18 spaces to 2.  Rob Flowers was our Extremist -- winning two games and coming in last place in the other three.  Chris Trimmer was The Collector with the most cards, 47, the most cards in sets, 45 of those 47, and games with 11 and 10 twice.  Steve Cameron was the Most Bulletproof -- with all 42 of his 42 cards in his final sets.  Martin Burgdorf was the Most Broken -- with only 13 of his 26 cards connected.  Haakon Monsen was the Oldy Schmoldy player -- not bothering with any card older than 1775 in the tournament.  20 different players had the oldest (1468) or second oldest card (1616) at the end of at least one game. 

Player SpielByWeb One Two Three Four Five Total
Game Points Game Points Game Points Game Points Game Points Points Spaces Sets Cards Oldest
Allan Jiang a44025 5 1 4 3 3 8 4 12 5 21 11 33 33 1468
John Pack johnrpack16 4 17 4 19 3 24 4 3 5 20 6 24 29 1468
Dan Leader danleader12 4 13 5 15 5 20 4 24 1 19 16 30 38 1468
Sean McCulloch stmccull11 5 12 2 14 4 19 5 23 3 19 14 28 32 1616
Steve Cameron stevegamer18 4 19 4 21 4 1 3 5 4 19 4 42 42 1616
Doug Galullo gyric27 4 8 3 10 5 15 4 19 2 18 10 40 40 1468
Derek Landel dlandel8 5 9 5 11 1 16 1 20 5 17 12 35 39 1468
Thomas Browne Auron22 4 23 5 25 4 5 3 9 1 17 7 41 45 1468
Dominic Blais Fortiche24 2 25 3 2 4 7 5 11 3 17 4 26 34 1468
Oliver Searles Olback5 2 6 5 8 2 13 1 17 5 15 18 30 37 1468
Sharee Packshareerpack122244941331527181468
Christopher Yaureactuaryesquire10411213418122314824301650
Chris TrimmerTrimChris61729314318514545471468
Haakon R. MonsenMonsoonX203215231347114532371775
Martin BurgdorfMartin1421521732221514213261760
Michael McKibbinhgman32426311415314037421650
Rob FlowersEpworthian12112212454581131830371616
Tom DeMarcoTom DeMarco234243116410113437391616
Cary MorrisDagKees1511631822322513338381468
Kevin Wojtaszczykkwojtasz1912012252362121035421468
Wendy McCallionIC3McCallion13214516221225112419261468
Bob Hamelbhamel9210212317221312032351616
Keith Laytonkeithl4170xxx21315510314111421301660
Ken Gutermuthkgutermuth1711832022524311221311616
Tim MossmanIronMoss41517312116511130361468

Please contact the GM, John Pack, with any comments or questions regarding the format, game engine, rules, or play as the games progress.

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