Less is More ...
Perrianne Lurie, Alex Bove, Chris
Trimmer and Peter Stabb in Heat 1.
and Facts in Five GMs get to play too.
Semifinal action with Rich Meyer,
Kyle Smith and Alex Bove.
GM Derek Glenn (standing, right)
his four finalists before Round 3 commences.
Goa attendance fell to an alltime low this year, but
despite that enough top players still played to make this a challenging
event. The smaller field led to some great matchups even in the
preliminary heats. There was one pairing between two former champions,
and another threeway match of former champions in the second
heat. Two-time defending champion Rod Spade scored 55 points
in a big first heat win to secure his spot in the semifinal.
semifinals consisted of eight table winners from the first two
heats. The first table featured two-time champion Alex Bove against
a threesome of WBC champs from other events: David Platnick,
Rich Meyer, and Kyle Smith. When the dust settled Kyle won the
game with 50 points despite probably having the least Goa
experience at the table. David finished second with 48 which
advanced him to the Final also. Rich and Alex were just behind
him with 47 and 45 respectively, in a very close game that seemed
to come down to expedition card draws in Round 8.
The other semifinal pit former champions Christian Moffa,
and Rod Spade vs Jeff Meyer, and John Corrado. As close as most
Goa games are, this one was a bit of a blowout - especially
for a semifinal game. Jeff scored 52 points to win while Rod
took second with only 46 points. Christian and John were just
behind him with 45. Many may be surprised to know that Jeff drew
less expedition cards than anyone at the table and proved that
his strategy of not focusing on that track was just as good as
the expedition strategy. But would it hold up in the next round
when Rod would be shooting for his third straight Goa
In the first auction a key moment happened when Jeff picked
up the "3 ducats a turn" tile for 8 ducats. This would
serve his Money needs well for the rest of the game despite David
being on his right and bidding up almost every time to make Jeff
pay a hefty price for what he wanted.
In the opening round of actions, all players managed to found
the first colony but it took Rod two actions to do it, which
put him a little behind the rest of the table. In the second
round David started right in on actions using two of his three
actions to draw a couple cards. Kyle advanced on the expedition
track and spent a couple actions drawing two cards as well. Despite
only being able to draw one card, Rod used the draw action twice
as well. Meanwhile Jeff stuck to his strategy of not pushing
the advancement of the expedition track. He founded the 8 cost
colony, advanced his harvest track and harvested. In the third
round Kyle whiffed two times on founding the 8 cost colony which
stunted his game. Over the next couple rounds Jeff kept harvesting
and advancing the harvest and ship building tracks while everyone
else advanced some but also kept drawing cards. In Round 6 Jeff
drew an expedition card which was huge because it was the Harvest
action card and he had just advanced to the bottom of the harvest
track. He exclaimed at this point that if he wins, this card
would be a big reason why. The bids got bigger and bigger as
the rounds advanced. The next round David exclaimed, "My
plan to buy my own tile was thwarted by having spent all my money".
In the end all players finished with 4 to 7 expedition card points
but it was Jeff who led with 52 points. Kyle was just behind
him with 51, David had 48 and Rod's reign ended with a whimper
with just 45. Despite drawing less expedition cards than anyone
he pieced his strategy together and even pushed the neglected
tax track to the bottom towards the end of the game to snag a
couple last cards for scoring. All in all it was a great match
to watch and everyone played well.
Champs present (Spade), future (Meyer)
and past (Moffa) with the trivia master John Corrado.