amun-re [Updated October 2005]  

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Nick Anner, NY

2005 Champion

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Event History
2003   Arthur Field     85
2004   Evan Tannheimer     73
2005    Nick Anner     53

Euro Quest History
2003   Arthur Field     17


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Arthur Field       SC    04     53
  2.  Evan Tannheimer    MA    05     42
  3.  Nick Anner         NY    05     42
  4.  Davyd Field        SC    05     18
  5.  Andrew Gerb        MA    04     18
  6.  Rich Meyer         MA    03     18
  7.  Brian Jones        NC    05     12
  8.  Ilan Woll          CT    03     12
  9.  John Kerr          VA    03     12
 10.  Jonathan Tivel     VA    04      9
 11.  Luke Koleszar      VA    03      9
 12.  Ken Dozier         NC    03      8
 13.  Shannon Beets      CA    05      6
 14.  Tyler Sheaffer     CA    04      6
 15.  Greg Thatcher      FL    03      6
 16.  David Fogel        MD    03      6
 17.  Rob Taylor         MI    03      4
 18.  John Pack          CO    05      3
 19.  Tom McCorry        PA    03      2

2005 Laurelists

Davyd Field, CA

Evan Tannheimer, MA

Brian Jones, NC

Shannon Beets, CA

John Pack, CO

Past Winners

Arthur Field, SC

Evan Tannheimer, MA

Beware the Pharoah-Maker ...

Over 50 players participated in the Amun-Re tournament this year, down a bit from last year. Most of this can be attributed to the fact that the second heat conflicted with the third Puerto Rico heat. Next year, the GM hopes to do a better job scheduling.

Four-player games were played with the same three provinces removed before the game (Abydos, Amarna, and Kharga). Due to the removal of the 4-power-card province from the game, the requirement for the Power Card bonus card was reduced from 7 to 5 in those games.

The two heats saw 13 tables in play, with three second-place players advancing as alternates. (With the exception of one four-player contest, all preliminary games were five-player.) Of note was a Heat 2 game with Chris Johnson, Belinda Quimby, Rob Flowers, Daniel Eppolito and Gary Noe, where at one point all five players played their -3 cards on the sacrifice. Amun-Re was understandably miffed.

The 16 semi-finalists each played a four-player match, with the four winners advancing. The lead table featured both former champions Arthur Field and Evan Tannheimer, who watched Shannon Beets play a Harvest Increase power card in all six Rounds, as well as an 8 Gold card in three of them. To no avail, however; while Daniel Hoffman had the lead at the flood, Evan edged Shannon at the finish 51-48.

The final was a hard fought affair, with the recap posted at (Any recapping errors are mine.) While Davyd Field grabbed the Pharaoh each of the first five turns, and dropped $28 to buy Memphis in Round 6, Nick Anner bought six stones and played a Builder card in his final round, and outproduced him on the last harvest to eke out a 41-38 victory.

While going first didn't seem to be an advantage in the Heats (2-2-4-3-2 winner distribution), it did in the later rounds (2-3-0-0). That might be a function of the switch from 5- to 4-player tables, as the 4-player heat was also won by the first player, or it might just be random, since second place was even (1-2-1-1). Only half the games were won by the player with the most total pyramids (9-9), and less than half by the one with the most cash at the end (6-12). However, a lead at the flood proved a good omen of things to come (12-6).

The high table score was a 51, posted by both Evan and Nick in the semi-finals. Low score was a 12 during the heats. Table averages in the heats ranged from 30.8 to 39.6, while the semis went 46.8/41.8/36/36 with the final at 35.8.

 GM      Jeremy Billones [1st Year]   NA   NA

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