titan 2 [Updated August 2001]

TT2  4 prizes Beginners Single Elim Continuous 
  18+  Demo 10   11  Round 2  15  Round 3  20
 Round 4 Semi  Round 5 14 Final  
  

  Valley

Andrew Gross, WA

2001 Champion

2nd: David Platnick, VA

3rd: Aaron Fuegi, MA

4th: Larry Lingle, PA

5th: Steve Koleszar, VA

6th: Brian Sutton, MD
Event History
1991    None      -
1992    None      -
1993    None      -
1994    Paul Goliwas      26
1995    Bruno Wolff      26
1996    Brian Sutton      17
1997    Brian Sutton      29
1998    Ed Rothenheber      39
1999    Jason Ley     32
2000    Brian Sutton     36
2001    Andrew Gross     30

AREA Ratings:

GM: Cliff Ackman

Titan for the socially challenged ...

This year's Titan 2 (Two-player) tournament was to be more free-flowing than in the past. Entrants had to start their first game by 11AM Wednesday, with several games starting Tuesday night. After random groupings, I used Post-It notes to mark later pairings and allow players to find any opponent that was available. While this format was an improvement over my earlier Titan 2 GMing experience, it allowed a player to enter another tournament while waiting for the brackets to catch up to him. Thank you to David Platnik for being a good sport during this time. While all of the 30 entrants have the talent and experience to win, kudos to the tournament's youngest entrant, Jon Shambeda overcoming two experienced players before succumbing in the third round. This year's championship match occurred Thursday around midnight. This being the most advantageous time for the finalists: Andrew Gross and David Platnik.

Andrew jumped out to an early lead with a turn 4 wyvern by rolling 5, 5, 6, 6 from Tower 4. David, feeling he was behind, made an attack to strip down Andrew's Titan stack with plans of a followup to win the match. After the first battle, Andrew was forced to split: Titan/cyclops and Angel/warlock on the outer ring. David caught the Angel/Warlock with three cyclops, two lions, a warlock and Titan and dispatched them. However, Andrew's tactic worked, allowing his Titan stack to stay ahead of David's pursuing legion while growing brush creatures along the way. In the inner board, Andrew's other stacks caught David's growth potential stacks and quickly took over most of the board. David avoided move compulsion long enough to grow two serpents with his Titan. By then, Andrew had twelve stacks covering the board. One with several hydras, another on its way with a giant (or two) and his own Titan stack with a serpent. Nearing 2 AM, David was forced to attack Andrew's hydras in the hills. As
David reached for his stack, a violent boardquake centered in the Valley Ballroom caused a catastrophic scattering of pieces across the board. Rather than replay the game, David graciously offered Andrew the win. Mr G., torn between mercilessly grinding David's Titan into powder and wanting several hours of sleep before Friday's multi-player semi-final reluctantly
accepted.

 GM      Cliff Ackman  [1st Year]  4151-C King George Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17109
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