euphrat & tigris [Updated August 2000]

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  Salon EF   Valley    Belmont

Chetan Radia, UK

2000 Champion

2nd: Ananda Gupta, MD

3rd: Rob Kilroy, PA

4th: Stu Hendrickson, VA

5th: Steve Brooks, FL

6th: Mark Guttag, VA
Event History
1991    None      -
1992    None      -
1993    None      -
1994    None      -
1995    None      -
1996    None      -
1997    None      -
1998    None      -
1999    John Kilbride     77
2000    Chetan Radia     49
AREA Ratings
 1    Todd Bjorgo      1653
 2    John Kilbride      1627
 3    Bruce Glassco      1592
 4    James Hopkin      1572
 5    Scott Buckwalter      1557
 6    Gordon Rodgers      1557
 7    Robert Kilroy      1556
 8    Jeffrey Cornett      1545
 9    Frank Hastings      1545
10    Anne Norton      1545

Acquiring Civilization ...

The tournament drew 20 night owls to its first heat which started at 10 PM on Wednesday and ended shortly before midnight. 32 showed up for the second heat at 1 PM Thursday, including several players from overseas who were attending the WBC this year as participants in the World Diplomacy Championships. 19 played in the third and final heat, necessitating the playing of the only 3-player game of the three heats. Overall, E&T drew 49 entrants. Although most games were played using the Hans im Glueck version of the game, several players did bring the recently released Mayfair version, renamed in English as "Tigris & Euphrates".

Chetan Radia from London became the first E&T winner from overseas as he denied defending champion Ananda Gupta the 1st place plaque for a 2nd year in a row. Other highlights of the tournament include Ted Simmons qualifying for the
semi-finals at the ripe old age of 12 (Ted almost made it to the semi-finals last year when he won his first heat, but finished 4th in his second heat) and Rob Kilroy displaying his homemade E&T game.

Using his woodworking and miniature terrain making skills, Rob created an over-sized E&T game having a painted and textured playing surface into which he carved the namesake rivers of E&T. Rob also created and painted his own wooden playing tiles, leader pieces, scoring cubes and monuments. The drawbag for the game was made out of a pair of blue jeans and in place of the disaster tiles of the regular game, Rob provided plastic insects and arachnids. The players at Rob's table in the 3rd heat requested the chance to use his board, and when the game was in progress, it was quite a sight to behold.

Although qualifying for the semi-finals was based on a player's best two finishes, all 16 players who won at least one game during the three heats advanced to the semifinals, with Ananda Gupta winning both his heat games and Aaron Fuegi winning two out of three. Unfortunately, despite having 16 automatic qualifiers and eight alternates, only 13 players posted for the semi-finals, necessitating that three of the semi-finals be three-player games while the remaining semi-final was a four-player game. The three highest qualifiers were allowed to play in the three-player games

In the finals, Chetan was able to consolidate a position in one corner of the board and rack up a steady stream of victory points in all four colors that the other players were unable to match.

Unlike 1999, when the players playing third (Dynasty 3) won 12 of the 39 tournament games, this year the players playing second racked up the most wins, winning over half of the games in the tournament. Listed below are the results for all 19 four-player tournament games this year. In the four three-player games played, the player going first won all four games.





Dynasty 1





Dynasty 2





Dynasty 3





Dynasty 4





 GM      Mark J. Guttag [2nd Year]  610 South Fayette St., Alexandria, VA 22314   (703) 549-5960

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