A Family Affair ...
BPA Chairman Ken Gutermuth (right)
finds that his email ADV championship doesn't mean diddly to
Mark Neale and Anne Norton.
Thomas Saal (second from left) recorded
the furthest win in the Preliminaries, finishing ten spaces past
the finish line.
This year's tournament had changes in format and location.
By changing locations to the Paradise room we had rectangular
tables for the games, which was much better than the too-large
round and oval tables in Ballroom B. But the downside was being
in a location off the beaten track for a tournament that can
be a good spur-of-the-moment attraction for people looking for
a quick and easy game, and may have been a factor in the lower
attendance this year. By having only three sets of games played
(instead of four) in Round 1, and only one game played (instead
of two) in Round 2, the length of the tournament was made two
hours shorter. The other change in format was in advancing 20
players instead of the usual ten to the semi-final in order to
offset having a one game semi-final.
44 played in the first Round, yielding nine games. Among those
games Thomas Saal had the furthest win, finishing ten spaces
past the finish line (out of a maximum of 13 spaces). BPA Chairman
Ken Gutermuth and his daughter Pam, along with siblings Alexandra
and Nicholas Henning all chalked up wins. John Weber won a three-way
tie at five spaces, beating Matt Peterson with a longer set and
Tamara Houde with an older art item.
"A straggling few got up to go, leaving there the rest
With the hope that springs eternal within the human breast."
Well, this wasn't baseball, but the line seemed apropos. Adding
both late arrivals and early departures, eight tables played
on in the second round. Pam Gutermuth and Tom DeMarco both scored
their second win, and led the race to advance with ten points.
Ashley Collinson and Philip Yaure's wins, along with Alexandra's
2nd place finish tied them at nine points, while four players
(Shea Lawson, Jon Izer, Matt, and Tamara) deadlocked at eight
points. Tom and Ashley's wins were both runaways, finishing more
than 15 spaces ahead of their opponents, while in the game that
had the tightest bunching, Matt finished one space ahead of Alex
and two ahead of Ken, Sean Vessey and David Rynkowski.
Eight tables soldiered on for the third and final set of qualifying
games. Pam continued her winning ways, scoring her third third
win and garnering the maximum possible score of 15 to ensure
semi-final qualification. Alex, Matt, Tamara and Tom each finished
two points back at 13, Jon Izer, Philip, and Ken had 12, while
John and Ashley ended with 11. Twelve more players finished with
10 or 9 points, vying for the 10 remaining spots in the semi-final.
Among the players tied at nine points, Brittany Bernard, David
and Nicholas had more total spaces past the finish line, while
Tom Dunning and Kevin Heinz fell just short of the cutoff to
In the semi-final, Pam won yet again, vanquishing Paul Weintraub,
Karl Henning, Alex and John. Philip claimed victory over Anne
Norton, Shea Lawson, Matt and David. Mark Houde bettered Beth
Zhao, Jon, Nicholas and Ken. And Jessica Hardesty had a better
finish position than Tamara, Brittany, Ashley and Tom. Jon was
the brest runner-up at spaces past the finish, and so became
the fifth finalist. David had the second best runner-up score
and thus earned sixth place laurels.
In the Final, Marc started off with a big lead on the opening
stretch, but was caught and passed by Jon at the first corner.
Jessica then gained the lead at the first purple (2/1) space.
Pam took the lead on the back stretch. During this mid-game maneuvering,
many thieves were circulating through the jail cells, as players
tried to augment their sets. Pam and Jessica led as they passed
the second corner, but they were then overtaken by Marc. Marc,
the only former laurelist in the Final, led to the last purple
space, then to the penultimate space in the 5/3 zone. On the
next turn Philip passed him to land on the last space - just
short of the finish. All five went to the Castle on the next
turn. Marc was the only one to Exhibit, moving five spaces forward
and four spaces past the finish, but he lost one piece of art
to Jon, who played the only thief. Philip, Pam and Jessica all
played a Detective and advanced. For the final showdown, Philip
had the largest set at nine cards and advanced eight spaces to
finish at +9 spaces for the win. Pam had the next largest set,
but the four spaces she gained only moved her two spaces past
the finish and third place as she lost for the first time in
the tournament while Marc finished second. Jessica finished at
+1 space for fourth while Jon took fifth at -3 spaces. Philip
took the shield in his first entry into the Adel Verpflichtet
Although the revised format was quicker
with two less rounds, the field shrank in 2009 by more than 25%
proving perhaps once again that scheduling is as important as
Beth Zhao and Pam Gutermuth share
a laugh as Pam played her way into the Semis with three straight
wins and then won again to reach the Final with a perfect score.
PBeM Tournament 2009
Our new champion is Curt Collins. He can bask in the
glow of success until the next tournament gets underway on October
1st. But Curt will always remember the way he won. Alex
Bove, our second place finisher, jumped out to an early lead
that he retained all the way to the final move. In fact,
at one point Alex held a 14 space lead over Curt (more than half
of the entire distance to the table)! Curt came from last
place to finish in a tie with Alex -- which Curt won due to his
superior set (a mere 12 cards compared to the next player, John
Pack in third place, with eight cards). Both Alex and Curt
finished four spaces past the line with John Pack on the third
space. Tom DeMarco and Keith Layton were the remaining
finalists and finished 4th and 5th respectively.
Tom retained the A-1468 Mask of Shame by special request.
Anthony Daw was the sixth place laurelist by virtue of a second-place
finish in the semi-finals.
As Alex rounded the second corner -- a full edge ahead of
the next player -- he was robbed multiple times on multiple turns.
That put him in a cautious mode that allowed a smart combination
of one exhibit, lots of detectives, and a few well-timed thieves
to move Curt into a close contest with a large set. A final
thief scored three items to make Curt untouchable. John,
Tom, and Keith almost caught up too -- but didn't have the sets
needed to finish their runs. You can see all the details
at http://www.gameaholics.com/adv_tournament.htm including
a link to a full series replay write-up on the final with comments
from all of the finalists. You can also get the scoop on
the next tournament which begins October 1st at http://www.gameaholics.com/adv_format.htm.
Gamemaster Tamara Houde corrals some
art peddlers while ...
hubby Marc Houde helps with the household
Adel Verpflichtet Junior
In the Juniors event twelve kids reported to show and swipe
the best refrigerator crayon art. Matthew Roizin-Price proved
to be the most promising young art collector. He was followed
in order by Jonathan Berry, Nicole Pyshack, Brian Pappas, Andrew
Doughan and Katie Breza.