Riding High ...
It takes considerable organization
to keep such a large event moving smoothly with a Sunday heat
when time is of the essence -- a feat the McCorry family pulls
off with much advance preparation.
GM Katie McCorry oversees her finalists
in the now deserted ballroom which had been packed a few hours
before. Most of the 191 players were then on their way home.
Ticket to Ride remained the top attraction at WBC leading
all events save Slapshot in attendance with 191 players.
The fourth year of the event saw the introduction of TTR:1910
which was used in the Final since the tickets are more balanced
for a tournament. There were 58 games played in the preliminary
heats. All four versions of the game (original, 1910, Europe,
and Marklin) were played during the preliminaries with
the original game still the most popular. After the last preliminary
heat on Sunday morning, the convention standard tie-breakers
were needed to determine the 25 semi-finalists. There were more
than 25 people with wins in their first heat. All the players
with multiple wins including the first heat they played advanced.
A roll-off had to be used to decide among those who only won
their first game. The tie-breakers also meant that one person
who lost in the first heat but won the next two heats did not
The finalists were Brittany Bernard, Arthur Wines, Philip
Shea, Curt Collins, and Larry Loiacno. Brittany started the game
with tickets for LA-to-Atlanta and NYC-to-Miami.
She later picked up LA-to-Oklahoma City, Phoenix-to-Boston,
and Nashville-to-NYC. Larry began with tickets
that went from Calgary-to-Nashville, Vancouver-to-Duluth,
Chicago-to-Atlanta and added Sault St. Marie-to-Miami,
St. Louis-to-Miami, and Kansas City-to-Boston.
Arthur's tickets were from Las Vegas-to-NYC, Salt
Lake City-to-Kansas City, and Las Vegas-to-Miami.
Curt had tickets from Washington-to-Atlanta, Seattle-to-Oklahoma
City, and Chicago-to-NYC, and Montréal-to-Dallas.
Philip started with Winnipeg-to-Santa Fe, Salt
Lake City-to-Chicago, and Omaha-to-New Orleans.
He drew tickets for Duluth-to-Dallas and Vancouver-to-Denver.
Brittany won with 138 points, completing all of her tickets
and placing all her trains. Larry was just a step behind with
137 including the bonus for most completed tickets. Arthur (113),
Curt (98), and Philip (73) who missed his last two tickets rounded
out the field.
Next year the same format will be used with the1910 version
in the Final. The latest addition to the series, TTR:Switzerland,
will not be included since it is only for 2-3 players.
Ticket to Ride is among the
most accessible and inviting games -- leading the WBC in attendance
again in 2007.
GM Katie McCorry keeps the giant
event organized and running on time - no mean feat on getaway
Sara Beach helps a table of
young train travellers while her son Matthew, the GM, does likewise
in the background.
Juniors Monitor Karen McCulloch
and Assistant Shira Levy guide some junior travellers through
their first Ticket to Ride game.
Ticket To Ride Junior
21 pint-sized travellers contested the Juniors tournament.
Top honors went to:
1st: Shannon Keating
2nd: Phillip Entwistle
3rd: Virginia Melton
4th: Logan Ziegenfus
5th: Thomas Melton
6th: Ashley Kilroy