Collecting by another name ...
Deja vu struck Auction this year. Two years ago, former
champ George Sauer ran a demo and taught a Mulligan round to
Arthur Field, who went on to win the wood. This year, 28 people
turned out to play the Mulligan round. Among them were several
newcomers, who had just learned the game from Field at the demo
round. Included in the list of seven immediate qualifiers was
newcomer Lisa Gutermuth, who managed to win her Mulligan in an
unprecedented four cards even with the enforced Rainbow Rule.
Lisa had two Rare Miscellany and managed to buy the next two
which appeared immediately. And to think her dad was worried
about her sitting at a table with ringers!
In the second heat, 13 more people qualified to join the Mulligan
winners. The semi-final saw a very interesting mix of players.
Former champs Arthur Field, Ken Gutermuth, George Sauer and Bruce
Reiff were joined by several newcomers including Davyd Field,
Lisa Gutermuth, David Brooks and Paul Haynes. Due to some no-shows,
there were four tables of four players each. David Brooks (another
Field demo student) managed to beat both Ken and Arthur to win
his table by capturing the rare jewelry set to the astonishment
of the table. George Sauer and Bruce Reiff both won through to
the finals. In a surprise move, Lisa Gutermuth beat some substantial
competition to advance from her semi-final round.
So the finals became a battle of the newcomers versus the
old guard. The deja vu experience was complete as both newcomers
beat the experienced players. David Brooks carried away the wood,
closely followed by Lisa Gutermuth. Lisa had the distinct honor
of becoming the youngest player to beat both Bruce and Arthur
in the same game.
Assistant GM's postscript: Excellent sportsmanship was exhibited
in every round by all players. Beth Bernard and Davyd Field tied
for the 16th spot in the semi-finals. Each insisted upon deferring
to the other. They finally flipped a coin and Beth won. The 15th
player discovered a schedule conflict and had to leave, so Davyd
advanced after a fine display of manners. The final was played
at a later time by agreement of three players to accommodate
the fourth. It was an excellent way to open the Con.
David Brooks (center) on the way
to his eventual championship triumphs over Tom DeMarco (left),
Keith Hunsinger and an unidentified fourth in the Auction