Leave it to Sean to play with three
Ashley Collinson watches Lisa Rennert
make a move.
Last year I had 139 players and 60 games; in 2010 I got 58
games and 131 players. That's a slight decrease and certainly
not enough to think anyone is getting scared by the best two
heat format. So that should be the system as long as I'm around.
Don Greenwood mentioned in his annual post convention summary
that this was the Year of the Family. Look no further than this
tournament to verify that. It started with the demo that had
two children with familiar last names plus old friend John Keating
who had to learn the game "because everybody knows how to
play except me." That works for me. In fact we did a quick
check of the attendance sheet for last names and came up with:
4: McCorry, Beach (seems like there's more of them); 3: Keating,
Henning, Strock (seems like more of them too), Wojtaszczyk, Yaure
and a whole bunch at two. My apologies if I missed a few family
connections especially if they don't share a last name. I'm actually
a little surprised at who's NOT there. Where's the Engelmanns,
the Hebners or the Gutermuths? Only one each? I got more Reiffs
than that and there are only two of them!
Once again I have to make my yearly plea - BRING A COPY OF
THE GAME!! This year was a little better but I still had to turn
players away. And if it takes you 10 minutes to go back to your
room or car to get it, you're cutting it close on time. Why not
just get the game in the first place and guarantee a seat?
For the semis we had ten 2-game winners (one more had to leave
early) and six players with a first and second who squeaked past
a few Strocks, Collinsons and Keatings on tiebreakers. After
untangling who was related to who and this one is dating that
one, we got some sort of random seating for the semi-finals.
It was not a good day for the defending finalists, as Meghan
Friedmann was able to edge defending champion Brittany Bernard
on Table #1. Meanwhile, Bruce Reiff on table #2 wasn't getting
a fifth plaque in 2010 as Jason Levine beat Meghan McCorry. Table
#3 had Steve Lewinter beat Tom McCorry in a close game but on
Table #4 repeating laurelist Joe Yaure held on for the win. The
dreams of an all-McCorry Final didn't quite work out, but Tom
and Katie did finish a close enough second in the semis to take
fifth and sixth place. Losers were comforted by these words of
wisdom from the GM, "It's better to lose in the semi-finals
than to complete paperwork during the semi-finals."
The Final saw Jason Levine pull defeat from the jaws of victory,
as Steve Lewinter got a big triple turn near the end to overtake
him and earn the championship. Final score: Steve Lewinter 12,
Jason Levine 11, Joe Yaure 10 and Meghan Friedmann 9.
Thanks to all who played and see you next year!
After a day tending to the Junior's
room, Joanna Melton
really is seeing spots before her eyes.
Ewan enjoys a joke, doubtless about
as Stein ponders more cheese.