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Enlightnment III drew its biggest field yet as 41 players gathered for the Age of Renaissance weekend at the Hampton Inn in Hunt Valley, MD on March 10-12, 2000. 36 of the 41 stuck it out for all four rounds with nine players collecting a pair of wins each as 18 players tasted victory at least once. The competition was tough as five double winners failed to place in the top six. At the other end of the scale three players were done in by Chaos out of 157 starts. Tom Taaffe emerged triumphant with a come-from-behind win in the 4th round to emerge champion of Enlightenment III.
The unique scoring system allowed each player to drop their lowest score which had a major effect on the final standings - allowing Steve Simmons to come from seemingly out of contention to take third with a strong win in the final round. Bill Crenshaw also managed to top seven double winners with consistently high performances - coming in no worse than 8% off the pace in any of the four games - and tying Taaffe in overall score.
Players earned points equal to their percentage of the winner's score in their respective games. The individual winners were then each awarded a bonus point for every other game in that round they bested in percentage of winning margin. Place behind the leader did not figure in the scoring but was used to determine seeding for the next round with all winners paired against each other, all seconds, all thirds, etc. This provided both a handicapping system for balance as well as a random mechanism for seating.
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Herewith are the title bestowals for the other noteworthy events of the weekend. Sorry, no plaques ... these titles are honorary only.
Mr. SPORT: Rodd Polsky for bearing the wrath of the Coalition without complaint. Rodd's sin was that he forged such an enormous lead, the other players banned together to wipe him from the map. It appears they did too good a job. Tom Taaffe emerged from the pack to win the game by a huge margin.
Mr. CONSISTANCY: Dennis Mason for finishing every round within a 4% target range.
Mr. OVERRATED: A tie between Jared Scarborough and Don Greenwood who proved that being the designer/developer doesn't mean you can play. Kurt Miller gets an Honorable Mention here for placing 6th and saving the design team's honor. Of course, being responsible for the artwork, he had an unfair advantage - being the only one who could differentiate between the counter colors.
Mr. COMEBACK: Kevin Sudy for winning his last two games after a mediocre start. The second win was particularly impressive, coming at the winners table over five players who could have won the tournament with a final round win.
Mr. SAGE ADVICE: Ted Simmons, for convincing his dad to stay for the 4th round, and allowing him to surge to a third place finish.
Mr. WORLD TRAVELLER: For the second consecutive year, Nick Smith was our entrant from the furthest distance - having crossed the Atlantic to visit us from England again.