expedition to wood ...
The 2005 edition of Lost Cities at the WBC began with a new
swiss elim format using four heats in the first round played
one per day on consecutive days. The participants arrived as
follows: 1st Heat - 56 players; 2nd Heat - 22 new players &
28 returning players; 3rd Heat - 34 new & 34 returning; and
the 4th Heat - 19 new and 29 returnees, yielding 131 registered
players. Alas, a few additional players opted out due to lack
of games. Even the GM who would only play to fill out a heat
with an odd number was able to add one game to the losing column.
A total of 101 Preliminary games were played with one tie which
was resolved by a fourth hand. Jeff Power played every heat
and won them all. Jay Greer and Bruce Bernard were the remaining
players with unblemished records, winning all three heats in
which they played.
Rounds 2 through 6 were played on Sunday morning and beyond,
beginning with 26 qualifiers, 5 alternates, and one player who
had not fared as well in the heats, but discovered that "being
there" at the start time made the difference. In contrast,
a young man who had qualified and apparently burned the candle
at both ends the night before, arrived 90 minutes late to hear
disappointing news. The Final featured two newcomers to Lost
Cities play (the tournament - not the game): a guy who was just
happy to be here - Chris Entwistle, and a guy who had a family
waiting to return by car to Illinois (comes the dawn) - Bert
Schoose. The 1st hand ends in a tie! Each had four expeditions.
the second hand ends with Bert up by one point! (Hold the presses
and turn off the ignition). Chris shotgunned five expeditions,
only scoring positive on two of them. Bert started two and held
Chris' red cards, but Chris was able to wrangle three inv. cards
on red into a zero. In the last hand, Chris started four expeditions
and Bert three. Both had bonus scores, but Chris' white expedition
with 80 pts. overpowered Bert's red worth 53. Chris won with
a total score of 150 to 122
Thanks to all who played, and to those who helped out, especially
19 little explorers contested the Juniors version led by Anna
Marion who made off with the wood. She was followed closely by
Carolyn Strock, Tim Keating and Stephanie Kilroy who finished
second thru fourth respectively.