Heats instead of Rounds ...
was played over three rounds. Winners scored 7 points, second
place received 4 points, etc. 17 separate games were played during
the preliminary heats. David Brooks amassed 18 points to lead
the pack into the semi-finals. He was closely followed by Luke
and Steve Koleszar. Interestingly, one would have expected roughly
four games to be won by the player sitting in each of four seats,
if there were no seat bias. Of the 17 games, nine were won by
the player going first. Only a single game was won by the player
sitting in the second seat. Fourth seat won four and 3rd seat
won three. Fifteen players scoring a total of six or more points
over the three games advanced to the semi-final. Any player winning
a single game advanced.
Three semi-final games of five players each were held. Davyd
Field, Nick Smith and Bruce Young won their respective games.
Prior to the start of the semi-finals, the entire group agreed
to advance the highest percentage scoring second place finisher
from the three boards to make a four-player final. Phil Bradley
edged out David Gantt and Joe Belizzi for the coveted fourth
and final ticket to the finals. Once again, the seat order proved
important in the semis. Both Davyd and Nick sat in the first
seat in their respective games. Bruce played second in his, but
Steve Packwood had been unable to form a chain on the first turn,
whereas Bruce did.
Phil Bradley made the most of his wild card entry and narrowly
won the final. The scores were close and all four players did
an excellent job of keeping the game competitive. No problems
were encountered in the tournament and many players expressed
satisfaction with the new board. Even some of the old board fans
liked the ease of using the new board and the size of the tiles.
The new board in the Hasbro edition is recommended for future