moving to bigger quarters ...
Another Lost Cities Tournament, another great showing!
Sixty-six participants arrived after dinner this year in the
Valley room, normally home to those hygiene-challenged hard-core
wargamers. Their goal (and mine) was simple: ending the tournament
at a reasonable hour (the 2001 tourney ended at nearly 1:00 AM).
The tournament rules remained the same as the previous year.
Rather than using cumulative score, a best-of-three games format
was adopted. A couple participants dissented, but the majority
seemed to prefer the format.
All four former champions and runners-up (Daniel Broh-Kahn,
Jared Scarborough, Laurel Stokes, and Jeff Bakalchuck) were in
attendance. Broh-Kahn was matched against his daughter in the
first round. After defeating her, he felt so guilty that he dropped
out (or so the rumor goes).
One of our youngest participants, Erica Kirchner, made it
to the round of 16 before losing to Jeff Bakalchuck. But Jeff,
last year's runner-up, was bounced in the quarter-finals by Rick
Sciacca, wielding the ever-intimidating badge #666. A hearty
thank you to Jeff for all of his help throughout the tournament
as my assistant GM (yes, Gary Presser, you helped out too!).
The semi-finals featured
Rob Kilroy versus defending champ Jared Scarborough (a rematch
of last year's quarter-finals) and Daniel Karp versus Rick Sciacca.
Rob ran into the Scarborough wall again, and #666 lost.
On to the finals! Daniel, who taught Jared the game, finally
made it to an LST tourney. The defending champ was a bit nervous,
admitting that Daniel had beaten him in the three games they
had played in preparation for the tournament.
The result: Daniel spanked his protégé, defeating
Jared in two straight games (all by 11:15 PM). Daniel opened
five expeditions in the first game, but still won by 22 points.
In the second game, he opened four expeditions, three of which
totaled (11) points. But the fourth included a 20-point
bonus for 67 net points, over Jared's 59. An impressive result
given that Jared had won 11 matches in a row dating back to last
year. For his efforts, Daniel took home this year's game prize,
courtesy of Jay Tummelson and Rio Grande Games.