Aidan Czyryca doesn't let the
long reach prevent his move as Jamie Tang awaits her turn.
Sceadeau D'Tela keeps the big kahuna
in the cheap seats as Malinda Kyrkos watches.
Dave Metzger, Philip Yaure and Jeff
Mullet prove how ingenius they are.
Avoiding a year of shame in Buckeye land ...
I'll start off with my annual mantra. BRING A COPY OF THE
GAME. This year I had to shoo away at least 20 people from the
Friday night heat (and who knows how many more slinked away when
they saw the handwriting on the wall). And no the GM didn't play
and gave out all his copies of the game. I can usually sneak
in a few last minute players, but if you don't bring a game and
you get there right before the cut off time, you're taking a
Once again we had a nice mix of veterans and youngsters. If
you're looking for a game the whole family can play, you ought
to investigate Ingenious. The rulebook is a two-sided sheet with
lots of pictures and the game takes under an hour.
This year a slight decrease in players led to a reduced number
of double winners. Or maybe the competition is getting tougher
and making it harder to get two wins. Either way, the current
format lives to see another year.
After you've run an event with a similar schedule for several
years, you spot the regulars who make their schedule to play
in as many heats as possible. Then there's the players that jump
in because they lost elsewhere. The more they lose, the more
heats they play in. This was the story with fellow Cabbie Jeff
Mullet, who this year managed to play in several heats and got
two wins to advance.
Going into Sunday, Jeff was the last attending CABS member
without wood. (even Stein had one). In the semis he managed to
win his table edging out David Metzger, Greg Ziemba and Phil
Yaure. Table 2 had Jamie Tang making the finals again and knocking
out Meghan Friedmann, Lauren Bohaczuk and defending champ Joe
Yaure. Table 3 saw Ed Kendrick knock out David Speyer, Cary Morris
and Bruce Reiff (at least he lost to an adult in this semi).
Ooh! Touche! The last table had Nick Avtges getting a
near perfect score to edge Matthew Charlap (who had five 18s
but not enough of the sixth), Katie Breza and Elaine Pearson.
As usual, the Final featured defensive struggles with relatively
low scores. Yellow was the low score for three of the players,
but Jeff Mullet wound up with the most and had just enough purple
to pull out the win and avoid being the only woodless Cabbie
in 2013. And that's a label you don't want to wear for a year
in Columbus, believe me! Someone always seems to remind you about
it. The final score was: Jeff 11, Jamie 10, Nick 8/12 and Ed
Jamie Tang, Joe Yaure, Katie Breza
and Lauren Bohaczuk
GM Pete Stein, aka the big meanie,
and his finalists.
Son Joe is drafted into the
Yaure family GM crew.
Tessa Lytle gets her ingenius
bonafides from GM Chris Yaure.
Chris Yaure ran a Junior version of Ingenious for 19
budding geniuses and again the young ladies dominated - ensuring
rough times ahead for the gents of future generations.
1st - Tessa Lytle - replacing her sister Dagny who placed second
2nd - Donte Saccenti - down from first last year
3rd - Holiday Saccenti
4th - Aaron Correira
5th - Ethan Shipley-Tang - holding steady after another fifth
place last year and a fourth in 2011
6th - Mandy Mossman who was fourth last year and won it in 2011