2-Player Slims the Field Again
This year's San Juan Tournament used a new 2-player format.
Four players were assigned to a pod and each played one another
with the best record advancing to the Final. While we had
fewer total attendance, comments from those who did participate
were very favorable towards the new format.
The elite eight were Rob Kircher, Arthur Field, Bruce Reiff,
Suzanne Tuch, Ken Richards, Jeff Mullet, Lance Fogel and Eric
Wrobel. The final four produced excellent matches with
Arthur vs. Bruce and Rob vs. Jeff. Bruce managed to get
an early Smithy and Library out at which point Arthur jokingly
conceded. Arthur fought hard and continued to use the Councilor
to search for cards to counter the Library but its early play
was too strong to overcome and Bruce advanced to the Final.
In the other match Rob got off to a strong start against Jeff
with a Gold Mine that yielded a Quarry on the first use and a
busy Chapel while Jeff looked at some bleak cards. Jeff's
first build was a Market Hall and while he was able to match
Rob build for build he could not overcome the weak early cards
against such a strong player.
The Final between Bruce and Rob was a mirror matchup as both
played like strategies and drew similar cards. Both had
Guild Halls down with numerous production buildings. At
11 buildings each Bruce was able to correctly predict that the
match would end in the same number of victory points for each
player if he built but that with a small production build he
would end with more cards in hand and win the match and his fourth
wood of the week on the first tie breaker.
As a side note, neither Arthur nor Jeff wanted Bruce's outcome
to determine their third and fourth place finish, so they played
a consolation match with Arthur securing third.