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Ingenious (ING) WBC 2018 Event Report
Updated November 5, 2018
116 Players David Metzger 2018 Status 2019 Status Event History
2018 Champion

Bring Your Games Next Year

Bring your game! As ever, this four-player game still suffers from a lack of copies; we did manage to find enough for all three heats (with special thanks to Andy Latto, who gave me his copy prior to the first heat despite not being able to play himself), but only after sending folks (usually Steve Cameron!) running back to their cars.

And on that note: come time for the semis, there are only three copies.

I can cope with this - we can take a highest second - but it's far from ideal. So, send Steve off running again, OK. Still: one of those three copies was brought by Robert St. Pierre, who was only the 23rd qualifier. He would not have advanced otherwise - only two folks ahead of him failed to show - but went on to win his semifinal and place second overall. Bring your games!

Other than that, things seemed to go smoothly on my return to GMing; thanks to my son, Aidan, for his help and efficiency. Only one player - Alyssa Morgen - managed a perfect game of 6 18s, and average winning scores seemed down a little: one game had a winning low score of 6! The late-night schedule did attract one complaint, but several plaudits; the only obvious change would be to make the semi and final formally continuous on Saturday night. That turned out to be the case anyway as four of us sat down just after midnight for the final game.

It was not close. David Metzger drew first play, played clinically and took maximum advantage of some good tiles to crush the table with a score of 15. All of us shared orange as the lowest color; in a very tight endgame Robert managed to grab one orange to tie me at 10, and take second with 18-18-18-18-17-10 vs 18-18-18-18-16-10! Steve Cameron gained some reward for his game-fetching by taking fourth. Prior to the endgame, I (playing fourth) took one shot to try to shut David out from orange when he was on 7, if he had not had the right tile - but alas. A very well-deserved victory. (Incidentally, seat order seems not to be a big deal: each of the four semis was won by a player from a different seat, and across all games this even spread continued.) Thanks to all - there were zero GM calls, zero need to adjudicate, and only one post-game Q about kingmaking (for the record, any legal play is just fine, for whatever reason you choose!). Ingenious does not lend itself to thrilling writeups - sorry!

2018 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 0
Robert St. Pierre Ewan McNay Steve Cameron Matthew Hathrell Allan Jiang
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
GM  Ewan McNay¬†[1st Year]  NA
 emcnay@albany.edu  NA